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“This Oppresses Women” stickers placed on sexist ads around NYC

By WITW Staff on June 23, 2015

Women’s groups have been targeting sexist ads around New York City, placing a “This Oppresses Women” sticker on ads for “beach bodies,” “buttock enhancements” and “breast augmentation” on New York City subway cars and in stations. It’s a team effort by feminist groups National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings, who recreated the vintage 1969 “This Oppresses Women” sticker, and have been distributing them to women around the city. The aim of the sticker is to create awareness about the ways advertisements contribute to a culture of sexual harassment and over-sexualization of women. “Women are sick of being bombarded with advertisements that depict women only as sexual objects,” Erin Mahoney of National Women’s Liberation told The Huffington Post. “[Ads] That use our bodies to sell products. That embolden men to disrespect us. That tell us we are not worthy unless we conform to unrealistic, sexist, racist, and unhealthy beauty standards. Women are fighting back and using [the ‘This Oppresses Women’] vintage sticker to do it. It’s exciting.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.