I kicked myself for not carrying my smart phone with me, but, I was able to return the following day to snap some photos. I'll let you judge what the messages mean. I apologize for the glare, but the lights were out in the basement studio and it was a bright day outside. I did not want to stick around too long with this kind of mad person lurking.
This is the one that initially caught my eye.
This one is the most disturbing. (Do NOT compliment this woman on her fashion sense).
In case you can't read the other photo.
A lot of thoughts went through my head. As a blogger, one that is loosely affiliated with the manosphere, I immediately planned to post the pictures here. I worried, however, that there was some danger in posting these. What if this sparked a controversy? It definitely would if a man was saying this about women. Somehow, this woman feels justified in advocating aggravated sexual assaut, genital mutilation and humiliation for the "crime" of saying, "Hey, you're looking mighty fine."
I decided to email these to an MRA and see what she thought about it. I have not had a response, so, here I am, posting about my experiences.
Presumably, whoever is responsible, likely thinks of this entire display as "art". The pink punching bag, the baseball bat decorated with glittery stars. But, anyone can stensil slogans on bristol board. I guess it takes a feminist art degree to use a heart shape so ironically.
I am lucky that I got these photos when I did, because, the cat calling sign has been removed along with the Kill Your Rapist poster. Who would have thought that it wasn't a good idea to display threats of murder and assault in a public window? I don't know why they were taken down, maybe someone complained directly. I thought of calling the Police myself. Even though I am a staunch defender of free speech, the messages could be interpreted as an illegal threat. Even though Canada has strong anti-hate-speech laws, it is hard to imagine that messages with an anti-rape theme would get called to a human rights tribunal, even though, this is the epitome of hate speech. Besides, they don't look like they have a lot of money.
Today, the posters on the wall are different, but, in some ways, more hateful.
Oh, those awful nice guys are after you.
In a world where you can be arrested for being Shrodinger's Rapist (H/T Neckbeard Chronicles - adieu good sirs), how is one to interpret the messages displayed here, on a busy street with plenty of foot traffic? When rape can defined as having sex with a woman who's had one drink too many, can this be considered a demand for a legal way to commit murder?
The fact the someone feels justified in making this display is a sign that feminist hatred of men has gone too far. To the casual observer who might agree that rape justifies murder, if it can stop the rape, these signs might seem harmless or even funny. To someone who follows the current thinking common and understands the nuances and double-speak, this is highly disturbing.