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Sep 02 2016
by Madeleine Williamson

Sexy Signs Create Move-In Day Controversy

By Madeleine Williamson - Sep 02 2016

Move-in day is chaotic as it is. But students’ welcome signs have freshmen at some schools feeling unwelcome, USA Today reported August 27.

Suggestive banners displayed by male students at off-campus residences went viral in past years. But the trend took off this year as female students retaliated with signs of their own. Innuendos greeted those moving in at schools like Ohio University.

“Move in day comes once a year… how often do you?” one sign at the University of Dayton said.

The women making signs received praise for fighting the boys’ signs with their own. But not all college women agree. The signs appear in the wake of high-profile campus sexual assaults. Some see them as threatening, or as evidence of rape culture.

In a Facebook post, Ohio University student Laiali Alassaf criticized the signs. “Our town is our home,” she said. “When I first began my college career at OU, I felt safe. But after more sexual assaults were reported last school year than I ever remember, I bought and now carry pepper spray around with me like I do a cell phone. I no longer feel as safe, and signs like this reinforce my unsafe feelings.”

Time will tell if universities crack down on crude welcome signs or if students find a way to fight them.

Lead image credit: Instagram

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Madeleine Williamson - DePaul University

Madeleine Williamson is a freshman at DePaul University majoring in journalism and minoring in political science and Spanish. She loves tea, stationery and exploring her new hometown of Chicago.

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