If you’ve driven along the I-5 at some point in the last 10 years, you’ve probably seen the giant Bettie Page pin-up painted on the side of a house in Ravenna. Per KOMO News, Jessica Baxter and her husband are the owners and the mural was a 30th birthday gift from a friend to the husband.
Unidentified vandals describing themselves as “some feminists” threw paint at Bettie and scrawled the message “stop exploiting women’s bodies” on the side of the house. When Baxter and her husband discovered the destruction, they were understandably upset. They’ve tried removing the paint, but their efforts have so far been in vain.
Baxter told KOMO she was hurt because she considers herself a feminist and believes the vandals got Bettie all wrong. Until they can devise a better solution, Baxter has responded by writing a message of her own on the side of the house: “[a]utonomous sexuality is empowerment, telling a woman to cover up is oppression.”
As for the damage to the home, Baxter said, “[d]on’t deface people’s houses, that’s super lame. If you don’t agree, that’s fine, take it to the internet like a normal person. Don’t deface someone’s house. People live here.”