UPDATE: Senate passes motion condemning Wicked Campers’ slogans
The Senate has passed a motion condemning Wicked Campers’ promotion of sexual violence against women through offensive slogans on their hire vans.
The motion was introduced by the Greens on Wednesday following an online petition attracting more than 120,000 signatures.
“The Senate is sending a strong message that promoting violence against women is completely unacceptable in Australian society,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
Wicked Campers have said they will remove the specific slogan that sparked the public outcry, and have committed to remove more of what they describe as “insensitive” slogans in coming months.
Mamamia previously reported:
“In every princess, there’s a little slut who wants to try it just once.”
These were the words read by an 11-year-old girl just last weekend.
Can you imagine having to explain that to your daughter? Or reading it yourself as a child? This is what confronted Sydney mother Paula Orbea when her daughter read the slogan on the back of a campervan in the Blue Mountains while driving with her grandfather during the school holidays.
The outraged mother told The Daily Mail she felt the campervan company responsible for the slogan were “inciting a rape culture”.
Paula, a schoolteacher, said that her daughter complained about the campervan the moment she returned from her drive with her grandfather.
It prompted Paula to start a petition calling for the ‘offensive’ campervans to be withdrawn from the streets. Her petition states: