- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Feminist students from Siena College in upstate New York have taken to the streets to protest a local billboard advertising a kitchen that says, “Your wife wants me.”

A group of protesters gathered Tuesday at the billboard, posted by Teakwood Builders Inc., along Route 9 in Newtonville, a local ABC affiliate reported.

Female students held signs that read “I prefer an office,” “Men can make their own sandwiches,” “Women left the kitchen decades ago,” and “I can buy my own kitchen,” the station reported.

“[The billboard] implies that men are the primary financial supporters of women and that women are materialistic and portrayed as having no other value outside of the kitchen,” Siena student Delaney Rivers told the station.

“This is especially egregious towards students at our institution as many of us are working towards financial independence in hopes to have successful careers and equality in our relationships,” she said.

Teakwood Builders said in a statement that it appreciated the students’ input but made no indication that the billboard would be taken down or changed.

“Thank you for the message regarding the report on our billboard in Newtonville,” the company said, the ABC affiliate reported. “A vast majority of Teakwood’s clients are women. Frequently they are the decision makers about major expenditures. This billboard — and the entire ‘Your wife wants me’ campaign — is good-natured, tongue in cheek fun meant to appeal to women who have a sense of humor, a sense of history and healthy self-esteem. We applaud the students involved in the protest for their excitement about their cause. And we thank them for drawing attention to the gorgeous Teakwood kitchen on the billboard.”


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