Is a feminist vandal on the loose in East Vancouver?

After I blogged about Dude Chilling Park's crude defacement this morning, Straight contributor Michael Mann sent along a couple more photos of feminist-themed graffiti that has recently popped up in Mount Pleasant

Gender may hurt, but that's no reason to bring the wall into it.
Michael Mann

Since the messages are anti-patriarchal in nature, I can only assume that an angry feminist must be behind these works. (You know, because all us feminists are super angry all the time; that's the primary reason we don't have time to adhere to your gender norms.) 

Michael Mann
Fuck porn? That's my favourite kind of porn!
Michael Mann

Vancouver is notorious for crudely painted graffiti. Earlier this year, Commercial Drive murals were repeated tagged with poorly sprayed "NO PIPELINES" and other anti-oil messages.

And who could forget East Vancouver's Mohinder, the widely spread and completely pointless King of Shit Tagging?

All I do know for certain is that Michael had nothing to do with this. Leave his poor building alone, feminists!

EDIT: Found another one today (August 14)!

The way to stop rape? Tag the side of a Starbucks with your anti-rape message.
Miranda Nelson

Anyone else find part of this vandalism spree?

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shhhhh
why does it matter if it is aesthetically pleasing or not? It's a politically charged message...
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wonder woman
its so edgy!
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@shhhhhh
"It's a politically charged message..."


Just not a very persuasive one.
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femalehustler
y'all are just hating because you don't think sexism affects you. you're probably a dude or an anti-feminist woman. Sometimes blunt messages are provoking.
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The Baby Jesus
I think the most frustrating thing about dealing with feminists, often, is their frequent unwillingness to recognize that one may hold values that happen to be in line with sex and gender equality and still reject feminist ideology.

It's a bit like trying to convince a capitalist that just because one rejects their particular ideology, that does not mean that one also rejects meritocratic values.

It's funny how ideologues so often want to claim absolute ownership of the values their ideology merely adopted.
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heh
confusing article because this is written by Miranda. I assumed angry feminist was a single type, but now I see there are camps!
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Funny Guy
Look out now!!
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@heh
Holy shit, you mean all people aren't the same and are capable if independent thoughts and feelings? What a mind blowing concept
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Hazlit
Note to feminists and the men who love them--feminism is not a set of arguments, but a set of beliefs. This is important because it means that at least as far as men are concerned the feminist is always right.

Feminism, by it very definition, is immune to criticism from men. The notion that a male feminist critic could ever win an argument and the feminist could acknowledge "Wow, you're really right; you've taught me something" is utterly anathema to the movement. In feminism the male is ALWAYS wrong, and the woman always right, not because of her arguments, but merely and simply because of her gender, because she is "oppressed."

It is this sort of hypocrisy--the way in which feminism has recreated the very silencing of the other gender that it supposedly hates--that has driven lots of thoughtful, woman loving, equality-supporting men to the conclusion that the feminist movement is a crime perpetrated on women and that they will oppose it with every fibre of their being.

True feminism respects that a woman has a brain and can engage in an argument. For this to be true, however, one crucial thing is required--that the woman can be proved wrong by a man. Until then...
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RUK
@femalehustler

Of course sexism affects me, but I thank no idiot for trivializing an important discussion by lowering it to punkass spray paint, that costs somebody money to fix. Think that person has had his or her consciousness raised in the direction you want?
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Mr A
Just curious, but the photo above showing the words "fuck porn" outside the Fox, was that an older photo back when the Fox showed porn movies? or is it a current photo, even though the Fox is now a music venue?
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Miranda Nelson
@Mr A: the photo was from yesterday. Seems this vandal has no idea about the current state of the Fox.
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Your name
Slave morality is an embarrassment.
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Mr. Woman
Reading the comments from secret christians makes me laugh. Like what are you people now a days...belief police? Let women love themselves whats the harm? At worst it just looks real funny and disproportionate kind of like macho bravado on granville at 1am!!
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Thomas Folkestone
When the mainstream media is corporate b.s. and even alternative rags embrace existing power structures (I'm looking at you, Georgia Straight and all of your botox/plastic surgery ads), then grafitti is a legitimate avenue of protest.

Don't like it? Lump it.
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Hmmmm
I almost get the feeling that a man painted these. A young guy with a chip on his shoulder.
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Some Guy
(IMHO)

1. If you have a problem, sometimes it's just better to keep it to yourself.

2. Grafitti (if Art) is sometimes wonderful to behold
Tagging and other crap is just defacing property.(even though the world needs more paint)

3. If she(?) only knew of the reason that sign is there...with that 'Dedication' (using those exact words) she might be aware of her embarassment. I hope this pic is never seen by The Big Lebowski..A.K.A Jeff Bridges, or Jimmy Kimmel, who recently had that sign on his program during a monologue.

4. Shame, shame on feminists for this one.
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manimist
Certainly 'STOP RAPE' deserves to be singled out as bad graffiti more than 'SEX GANG' or 'WEED SLUT'. Let's stay on message, people!

'Feminism is hated because women are hated'. I wonder if the author of this tag reads the Georgia Straight comments?
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As a feminist, this makes no sense to me.
I think this graffiti is just more crappy vandalism to roll my eyes at while trying to enjoy my neighbourhood. There are far more productive, and less destructive means of making a point and affecting change through feminism than to spray paint over signs and the walls of businesses. Why not volunteer at a crisis centre or donate something to the DTES Beauty Night, or find a niche cause within the movement and work toward making a real difference?
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Chase
sorry girl, but your like 8 months late on that Fox tag
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