Do you see it as vulgar and funny or sexist and wrong?
A banner was hung near campus at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse last week and quickly caught a lot of attention across social media. The joke took a negative spin when it was used as an example against the growing “rape culture” on college campuses.
UW-L student Demi Dahl shared Instagram photos taken by the students who hung the banner and said, “An unfortunate example of promoting rape culture on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Campus. Dahl’s Facebook post read “You may think this was a harmless joke but the reality is that the more we see posts like this online, the more rape culture is normalized in our society.”
Colton Davis, a sophomore at UW-L and one of the residents who hung the banner, said he and his friends came up with the idea after seeing a similar post on a social media site dedicated to fraternity life. He said hanging the banner was obviously a vulgar joke, but the banner only hung during the evening on Friday after move-in hours and he and his friends were sorry that people were hurt by it. “To call us rapists is insulting,” he said. “I just thought it would get attention for one day and cause a couple of laughs.”
Move in signs are nothing new. CPS Snapchat has gotten submissions of Tits Out for Harambe, Steven Avery Drinks for Free, and even a match to the Cream Pies sign, among several others. Do you see them as a problem promoting rape culture, or innocent fun meant to be taken less seriously?