Our thanks to John for sending us this, a photograph of a Women’s Aid anti-male poster. He writes:
Mike, my wife found this advert on the back of each toilet stall door at Trinity College in Dublin in July. The advert shows a young man looking over the shoulder of a young woman, and reads, “Know the difference between Safe and Sinister. 2in2u.ie. Spot the danger signs. Protect yourself and your friends online. http://www.2in2u.ie. Women’s Aid.”
Young women are facing this toxic propaganda every time they use a toilet at the university. This constant viewing must surely condition them to think of men and boys as creepy spies constantly looking over their shoulder – as it’s designed to. It consciously and subconsciously shapes their views and creates a false and negative stereotype of men.
It is also discriminatory as there is no equivalent advert in the men’s toilet. It creates anxiety amongst young women, and could turn them into nervous wrecks when it comes to their views towards men and boys.
I hope you can give some exposure to this anti-male poster campaign.