I saw this poster a few days leading up to Exotic Erotic, the party held on Friday, May 18th at 680 Lomita. The unofficial rules of the party are: men are allowed to wear only one piece of clothing, women are allowed two pieces. Most people just come showing off a lot of skin. The party is legendary and many people outside of Stanford have heard of the party – which goes a long way to diffusing the “Stanford kids don’t know how to party” attitude.
So I was quite surprised to see these posters literally EVERYWHERE. The picture shows a swimsuit model edited with Photoshop to look like she had been beaten up. The text reads: “3 women are murdered everyday by their husbands or boyfriends. How do _I_ disrespect women? Boycott Exotic Erotic”
For this I have to say:
1) Women who go to Exotic DECIDE for themselves to dress scantily or not.
2) Going to Exotic Erotic (as a male) does not disrespect women
3) Staring at women with little clothing on does not make me more likely to kill them.
I hate when people talk about how men “objectify” women and treat them as things as opposed to real people. How many people everyday do you treat “like objects”. You don’t really care about the cashier person – you just want your change. You don’t care about the postal worker – you just want your mail. You don’t care about the police officer – you just don’t want to get a ticket. Everyday we “use” people. That’s life and there is nothing wrong with that.
My final question is – who in the world is funding these people to put up these posters? They are large and photo-quality. That costs money and the fact that they are everywhere means that there have to be a lot of people and time behind this.