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Posters on UW campus target women

6:25 pm - 02/17/2011

This poster appeared on campus over the past week, covering posters of female candidates running in the current Feds election. Most posters have been removed from campus. The posters have provoked response from many female leaders on campus and have sparked outrage amongst students.

Over the past week, unauthorized posters appeared in many UW campus buildings, covering the posters of females running in the current Feds election.

Entitled “The Truth,” the poster has a picture of Marie Curie with a nuclear bomb explosion, with the quotation, “The brightest Woman this Earth ever created was Marie Curie, The Mother of the Nuclear Bomb. You tell me if the plan of Women leading Men is still a good idea!”

While many of these posters have already been removed, their temporary appearance sparked outrage amongst students on campus this week. While some candidates and students have expressed dismay and disgust with the posters, others are taking it as an opportunity to express messages of a positive nature.

“I sincerely hope that other women will not be discouraged to exercise their leadership potential because of these comments,” said candidate for VP education Natalie Cockburn.

As current VP administration and finance, Sarah Cook expressed her feelings about the posters being displayed in buildings across campus.

“Obviously there is still gender inequality in 2011, and it's important for groups like the Women's Centre and the One Waterloo campaign to continue dialogue and education surrounding gender equity,” she said. “Aspiring female leaders should feel they are in an environment where their contributions are judged equally to that of their male counterparts, and that they are valued.”

According to Kristen Leal, candidate for science council, the act was ridiculous. “I’m offended by the whole thing,” she said. “I found one on one of my posters on Monday. It was not a good night.”


I'm personally close to this story- this is my school. There was also a poster with the same image (but with the caption "Marie Curie = evil" on the a-bomb picture) and titled "Kill 250 000 innocent Japanese in WW2 and is given 2 Nobel Prizes. Expose the defective Moral Intelligence of Womankind and it is called Sexism" and an e-mail sent out to the student body from a gmail account railing against women in leadership and women attending university.
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eldvno 18th-Feb-2011 02:00 am (UTC)
So much hate, I can't even start to express my anger, but I can say one thing:

Even IF Curie created the nuclear bomb, it was MEN who decided to use it, 'nuff said.
angry_chick 18th-Feb-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh shit, comment twins.
noir_shiroi 18th-Feb-2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Bullshit. The asshole who dropped the bomb during WW2 killed 250,000 innocent Japanese people. Also, the Manhattan project was fronted by MEN.
mercaque 18th-Feb-2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Even the bombs were named Fat MAN and Little BOY...
mercaque 18th-Feb-2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Classic woman-hatred -- if she's better than you at something, devalue the achievement.

Marie Curie is still, IIRC, the only person in history to win Nobel prizes in two separate science categories.
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angry_chick 18th-Feb-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
It really is.
angry_chick 18th-Feb-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
I didn't know that we could hold women responsible for men who decided to use these massive bombs as euphenisms for their parts and drop them all over the place in a show of 'Might!'

Edited at 2011-02-18 02:10 am (UTC)
sihaya09 18th-Feb-2011 02:15 am (UTC)
leprofessional 18th-Feb-2011 02:15 am (UTC)
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evewithanapple 18th-Feb-2011 02:30 am (UTC)
I'm not sure it being a joke makes it much better. :/
angelofdeath275 18th-Feb-2011 02:19 am (UTC)
chaya 18th-Feb-2011 02:19 am (UTC)

Mandatory feminism classes. In grade schools. Now.
eldvno 18th-Feb-2011 05:24 am (UTC)
jrrr 18th-Feb-2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Awesome. I hate men.
mercaque 18th-Feb-2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Oh and not to mention that we could cover the posters of male candidates with, y'know, Hitler or Unit 731 as examples of male leadership? While we're making totally offensively over-the-top comparisons I mean.
jrrr 18th-Feb-2011 02:23 am (UTC)
ya but see men are just people and women are women
ran_pants 18th-Feb-2011 02:21 am (UTC)
"Kill 250 000 innocent Japanese in WW2 and is given 2 Nobel Prizes. Expose the defective Moral Intelligence of Womankind and it is called Sexism"

What the titshitting fuck. Kind of like what violetrose said, my rage is split between the disgusting misogyny and the complete disrespect for the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings.
wemblee 18th-Feb-2011 05:10 am (UTC)
ot, but "What the titshitting fuck" is so beautiful. (if it helps, ia with your comment completely)
booksforlunch 18th-Feb-2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Marie Curie is responsible for the atomic bombs?

Did she commission them? Fund them? Develop them? Build them? Decide to use them? Drop them?

Wait, those where men?! Ah, I see.

So, what did she do? She just discovered radio-active elements? Without any intend to weaponize them?

Ah, I see. So I guess whoever invented the wheel is personally responsible for any death caused by a drunk driver.
nothingmuch 18th-Feb-2011 02:57 am (UTC)
fucking seriously
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evewithanapple 18th-Feb-2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Tell me about it. I'm so glad we have a weeklong break coming up; being on the same campus as whoever made these makes me deeply uncomfortable.
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