I am absolutely thrilled that the BAsics Bus Tour is kicking off officially today here in NYC. This time there are two full 30 foot RV's and two dozen volunteers from around the country. They are impressive and they are taking out the most liberating and inspiring and practical solution to the problems of the world: all the way communist revolution as re-envisioned by Bob Avakian. Even more specifically, they are promoting BAsics from Bob Avakian and other work of his. I know from the last leg of the Tour, which went down South, as well as from my broader experience in and knowledge of the movement for revolution that this opens up tremendous enthusiasm, hopes, profound questions and contributions from many kinds of people. Stay in touch with the blog: basicsbustour.tumblr.com
to stay up to the minute on how this Tour is going.
Also, tonight I will be hitting the streets with a small crew of folks from the movement to End Pornography & Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women to protest an event that is celebrating 50 Shades of Grey. It is called, "50 Shades of Seduction" sponsored by Sidebar in Manhattan. They are offering drink specials (50% of Grey-tinis) and a class on S&M. We will be outside passing out fliers and holding signs which read:
50 Shades of Grey: Bad for Women, Bad for Sex!
As we put it in our announcement for this protest:
We'll be calling on people to reject the view of women and of sex that is promoted in the book, not to imitate and celebrate those views.
50 Shades of Grey
glamorizes the story of a powerful man hurting a woman who cares for
him using riding whips, chains, paddles and violently degrading sex.
This is not 'just fantasy.' This does harm.
day millions of women around the world are hurt through the real-world
acts of rape, battery, sexual slavery, pornography and sexual abuse.
Women should be fighting to end their oppression and degradation, not
celebrating it or seeking to get 'in on' their own objectification,
commodification and degradation.
50 Shades of Grey
is also bad for sex. More space needs to be opened up for people to
imagine and experience the full richness of sex between mutually
respectful and equal partners. Instead, this book pushes people to get
over their discomfort and wallow in degradation and enslavement.
Labels: 50 Shades of Grey, commodification of women, pornography, protest, sex, women