University bathroom posters claim transgender people ‘rape women every 9 minutes’
Poster found near women’s bathrooms at a university in the United Kingdom claimed that transgender women “rape women every 9 minutes.”
Campus paper Epigram reported this week that the posters were found near the Wills Memorial Building toilets at the University of Bristol.
“Women, If a man tries to enter the womens’ bathroom, please take these simple steps,” the poster states. “Kindly ignore the fact that men including transgender males rape women every 9 minutes.”
The poster also says that women should “surrender you boundaries” and “don’t worry about it, men know better than you.”
The poster was thought to be a parody of a 2014 campaign by the UBU LGBT+ Society to remove stigmas about transgender people.
The anti-trans posters found this week were credited to the “MENZ+ Society,” which doesn’t exist at the University of Bristol. The Bristol University Feminist Society told Epigram that a group of “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists” (TERFs) could be responsible for the posters.
“I think that whoever has parodied the poster has, in every way, misinterpreted the campaign,” UBU LGBT+ Society President Jamie Cross told the paper. “In fact I think that anyone who believes that we have not considered the need for safety for all self-identifying women in public bathrooms has also misinterpreted what we were trying to achieve with the original poster.”
“I’m both angry and hurt that this may have been put up by a student at the university,” Cross added.
Bristol University Feminist Society President Hattie Stamp said that the purpose of the posters were to “make trans people feel unsafe at Uni by calling them transgender males (when they self-identify as a woman) and completely dismisses their experiences and incites discrimination.”
“I think it’s a really hateful thing to do,” she said.
(h/t: Pink News)