Misogyny may be legal (and funny on occasion) but it isn’t good for business

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A popular restaurant on Auckland’s Ponsonby Rd has drawn the ire of one diner and many more online over sexist language in its signage.

Miss Moonshine’s restaurant has decorated its men’s bathroom doors with lewd slogans drawn in chalk.

They include messages such as: “The pill is the second best thing a woman could put in her mouth to keep her from getting pregnant” and “Why did God give men penises? So they would have at least one way to shut women up”.

Straight from the Wicked Campers marketing book. 

Diner Peter Goodman said he complained to management on Monday but was told the owners wanted the signs kept up.

Goodman said he first noticed them when his young son began reading the signs aloud.

“Luckily it was one of the tamer ones. I was able to bustle him to the sinks before he started asking too many questions.”

Goodman said he was offended by the misogynistic nature of the messages, especially at a family-friendly restaurant where children could see them.

He said it was the one downside of the visit. “The food is delicious, the staff are great. The owners have let them down here, I hope they remedy the situation responsibly.

There is just one huge and significant difference between this restaurant and Wicked Campers: it’s not in public and it is not shown to women, although I suspect male children may still be exposed to it.

If the owners want it kept up, so be it. It’s their choice.

It’s still a free country and misogyny isn’t illegal.

In the end this is another Twitter pile on. Don’t eat there. Or do. It’s a choice.

 

– Stuff


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