Supportive posters respond to ad attacking feminism
Two posters offer heart-felt answers to the question "How is feminism working for you?"
UPDATE (7:51p.m. ET): The space_marked_feminist Instagram account has been restored after a removal soon before this article was published. Meg Sinclair of Facebook Canada said it was taken down due to an error on Instagram's part. The story has been changed to reflect that.
It began with a nasty sticker suggesting feminists are lonely and unable to attract men. In the end the people it most offended won the day at a Toronto subway station and online.
"How is feminism working for you?" read the sticker plastered on the side of an Ossington Station entrance. It was a come on for A Voice for Men, a website that advocates against "feminist governance."
"I was pretty disgusted and when I realized it was in Ossington Station, near where I live. I was shocked," said Adrienne Collins, a student who saw the sticker after a friend texted her a Huffington Post article.
On Tuesday morning, Collins, 26, was on her way to a job interview when she walked into the station and discovered a new poster near where the first had been posted.
It posed the same question, but its creator left felt markers near by so people could answer how feminism had helped them. Among the several responses written on Tuesday, one person wrote that it was the foundation for their marriage.
"I wanted to cry from joy," Collins said. She took a picture of the poster and posted it to Instagram, part of which can be seen above.
She said she had been taken aback by the first poster because it seemed like a terrible thing for a person to go out of their way to make.
"To see that someone else took time out of their day to counter it made me feel really supported," Collins said.
By Wednesday night, the new poster had also been taken down, but that wasn't the only response posted in the station.
A sticker pasted on the token machine and front window of the Delaware Avenue entrance gave a detailed answer on how feminism was working for them. As in the photo above, it read: "Every day I am grateful for the freedom and opportunity I have as a result of the feminist movement."
The initial sticker grew in notoriety when it was posted on Andrew Cameron's Instagram page, which has attracted a number of people looking to attack feminism. Cameron has been defending feminism in the photo's comments.
"This sticker attacks their LIFESTYLE choices and insinuates feminism has failed them. It's a horrible twist of logic," he wrote. By Sept. 10, this sticker had been removed, according to Cameron.
As for Collins, she said she thanks feminism every day of her life.
"Feminism has given me confidence to live my life as a human being," she said.