On My Activist Horse Again… Down with Wicked Campers and their Slogans!

The title says it all. Um, TRIGGER WARNING, I guess.

Check these out:
https://www.change.org/p/john-webb-founder-wicked-campers-eliminate-misogynistic-and-degrading-slogans-and-imagery?tk=C9V2MflTXyvaVgvxW-p3qc1YL0AsVy9IJqXHmCbRyTk&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email
http://questionsforus.com/2015/01/16/literally-wicked-campers-still-offend/

A while ago, I signed a petition trying to get Wicked Campers (& their founder John Webb) to remove their sexist, degrading, just-plain-awful slogans off their vans. The founder said things but did nothing.

As Paula Orbea puts it: “This van PARTICIPATES in perpetuating a toxic and violent perspective about women.
SHAME ON YOU, WICKED CAMPERS!”

31 women so far this year have been killed by men. This is the sort of thinking that encourages that*! It’s not a joke. It’s not even a little funny. It. Is. F**king disgusting and misogynistic.
(* = see comments below.)

So it’s up to us. Write to a campground you know. Ask whether they’d be willing to ban the vans from their sites. If they’re banned, tourists might stop renting them. This needs to be stopped. Now.

This is the image that started the outrage:

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4 thoughts on “On My Activist Horse Again… Down with Wicked Campers and their Slogans!

      • Cool, thanks! That was a pretty in depth article. Still no causal link between the slogans and violence against women though. I agree that the comments are offensive and in poor taste, but it seems that’s the only argument against them. Offensive isn’t necessarily criminal, and bold statements such as ” 31 women so far this year have been killed by men. This is the sort of thinking that encourages that!” need be acknowledged for the vague, ideological claims that they are, or emboldened with evidence that makes them worth taking seriously. Just friendly devil’s advocate over here!

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      • Yeah, maybe I should have been slightly more ambiguous…this sort of thing just gets me really annoyed. Paula Orbea (Questions for Us, who started the campaign) also suggests that “What Wicked Campers does do is perpetuate perspectives that are reflected through growing statistics of violence.
        It’s not saying that a joke will trigger violence but it will certainly trigger a *victim* of violence or misogyny and there in lies the difference.”

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