Men, Quit Providing

This is the message from angry women who are protesting a sign that they say is sexist:
A billboard on Interstate 40 West near Winston-Salem is angering many who say its message is offensive to women.


The board reads: “Real men provide. Real women appreciate it.” The owner of a Winston-Salem women’s boutique called Kleur has organized a demonstration against the billboard’s message for Sunday at 11 a.m.

“We are NOT protesting that the sign is capable of existing, or the people who put it up, or the ad agency, or the right to put it up. We are protesting patriarchy and sexism, and that this antiquated way of thinking about women exists at all,” the group’s Facebook page said.

The protest takes place at the billboard’s location on I-40 West, headed into Winston -Salem from Kernersville. It is about 85 miles northeast of Charlotte.

The billboard belongs to Whiteheart Outdoor Advertising, and owner Bill Whiteheart said the organization that bought the space doesn’t want to be identified.

I love the way the women are angry because they think the sign is sexist towards women–the real story here is that it is sexist towards men. As the protestors point out, this is antiquated thinking. Seriously, how dare anyone ask women to appreciate anything. Notice that the protestors think it is sexist to tell women to appreciate what men do, but no one mentions the rest of the caption: “Real men provide.”


Men, give the protestors what they want: quit providing or helping women and allow them to do things for themselves. Or as one commenter by the name of Pat Roy so astutely stated: “Let them march, I would like to have a woman that provides for ME!”


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