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Well isn’t that adorable - a men’s rights group in Edmonton put up a bunch of posters claiming women lie about rape.

After a story aired about the controversial posters on Tuesday, CBC News received an email from an unknown member of the group.

“Thank you for your interest in our activist group,” the person going by the name MR-E wrote. “Yes, we have been very busy with postering our town.”

The posters, which mimic the well-known “Don’t be that guy” campaign against sexual assault, recently popped up in downtown Edmonton and around the University of Alberta, where they have since been taken down by campus police.

The “Don’t be that girl” poster reads: “Just because you regret a one night stand, doesn’t mean it wasn’t consensual. Lying about sexual assault = a crime.”

Karen Straughan, spokesperson for Men’s Rights Edmonton, believes the original “Don’t be that guy” campaign demonized men.

“It frames all men as potential sexual predators,” she said.

Karen Straughan, aka GirlWritesWhat.

Lise Gotell, chair of women and gender studies at the University of Alberta, worked on the original “Don’t be that guy” campaign. She believes the new posters send the wrong message.

“They’ve perverted the message,” she said. “And they’ve transformed it into a rape apologist message and it’s just very disturbing.”

Police officers who investigate sexual assault cases say false accusations are “extremely rare.”

Those police officers must be radfems.

Comments

  1. piegasm says

    I like how “don’t be that guy” implies that all men are that guy thus demonizing men while “don’t be that girl” doesn’t imply all women are that girl. Or is it just self-evidently true that all women are that girl? My empty little girly head just can’t keep up with this rigorous MRA reasoning.

  2. frogmistress says

    Yes, by saying “don’t be that one guy who does this” the campaign “…frames all men as potential sexual predators.”

    Ugh.

  3. Anthony K says

    Yes, by saying “don’t be that one guy who does this” the campaign “…frames all men as potential sexual predators.”

    Nobody’s accusing MRAs and their sycophants as a literate or educated bunch.

  4. aziraphale says

    “Karen Straughan, spokesperson for Men’s Rights Edmonton, believes the original “Don’t be that guy” campaign demonized men.
    “It frames all men as potential sexual predators,” she said.”

    Yes, and “Thou shalt do no murder” frames all people as potential murderers.
    “Thou shalt not steal” frames all people as potential thieves.

    (etc). God has much to answer for.

  5. leftwingfox says

    This only demonizes all men if all men are really “that guy”.

    I swear, no-one is more misandrist than a misogynist. =P

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