As hundreds of thousands of women (and men) marched in various cities as part of the Women’s March, many brought signs expressing their opinions on a host of issues.
Some were creative and challenging and more than a handful were crude and offensive, but I’ve noticed photos of one sign has begun to spread on social media and conservative blogs as emblematic of the attitude of many marchers.
Now there is no denying the offensiveness of that sign, but it’s not from the Women’s March in 2017. It’s not even from 2017 or 2016.
A quick Google image search traced the sign back to 2011 and a San Francisco Walk for Life.
On her website, Jen Fulwiler shared several photos of the Walk for Life and the counter-protest, including the one above.
Fulwiler, a Catholic author and radio host, captured a shot of this sign (albeit from a different angle) at the 2011 West Coast Walk for Life.
About this specific sign she wrote:
A focus of many of the signs was graphic, unbelievably crude sexual insults involving Jesus and Mary. This disgusting sign below is one of the few I can post a picture of, as it was, amazingly, one of the milder messages.
It’s not the same photo, but you can clearly see this is the same sign with the same two holding it. There’s even the same bit of yellow graffiti on the window behind them.
The first instance I can find of the specific viral photo is from a Catholic blogger who credits it to Fulwiler also and says it is from the same 2011 West Coast Walk for Life.
With 5 minutes of using Google, I found the original place the photo appeared and the photographer. But that hasn’t stopped many pro-life individuals and conservatives from sharing the image to discredit the Women’s March.
Some even know crediting the photo to this past weekend is not right, but they refuse to take down their post.
Here’s what Chicks on the Right wrote in response to someone telling them the photo is not from the Women’s March:
UPDATE (1/23/17): According to several messages we’ve received, this photo was taken a couple years ago in the UK. Some people have suggested that we should pull this post entirely as if its point is no longer valid.
If this was not taken during any womens’ marches this past weekend, fantastic. But regardless, it exists. It’s undeniable, and it’s representative of the kind of vulgar, disgusting nonsense often seen from the progressive feminist left. (See: pretty much any Code Pink rally.)
So, we’re not pulling this post, because this kind of mentality exists and needs to be called out for the reasons cited IN this post.
Thanks to those of you who let us know that this photo was originally found on reddit. We appreciate it!
The headline of the piece is still “This VILE Women’s March Sign Has Me Livid.”
They know it’s not from the Women’s March, but they refuse to take it down or change the headline. Why? Look at all the shares, likes and comments it has gotten them on Facebook.
There are critiques to be made about the march and their stance on abortion. I wrote about how the Women’s March ignored the existence of at least 40% of women with their dismissal of pro-life women. But this sign is not one of them.
The blogs who shared this photo aren’t discrediting the Women’s March; they are discrediting themselves.
Followers of Christ have a higher standard than even the journalist. We do not have the reputation of a news organization to protect, but rather we bear the name of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Using misleading photos does not help your case. Winning an argument (or getting retweets or Facebook shares) is not worth losing your soul.