you hate the way that women are not only raped but then blamed and
shamed for being raped...
your blood boils at the knowledge of millions of women bought and
sold and abused and degraded in the global sex industry...
you want to puke when you hear Christian fascists moralizing that
women should “keep their legs closed” and you want to scream when
you hear of another abortion clinic being attacked, another doctor
being stalked, another law restricting women’s right to birth
control or abortion being passed...
you are infuriated by how pornography has become more violent, more
degrading, more cruel, and more humiliating towards women even as it
has become more and more mainstream...
you are sick of the way women have been trained to hold their
tongues, suppress their rage, and remain silent in the face of this
all out war against their lives and their humanity...
need to be part of the August 4 - 14th
intensive effort to TAKE
PATRIARCHY BY STORM.
ten days in New York volunteers from around the country and all over
the city will work closely together to launch an all-out
counteroffensive against patriarchy and to strategize together to
figure out how we are going to go forward to win.
flash protests outside of porn stores and anti-abortion institutions
(like fake clinics and the Catholic church)
positively confrontational “social interventions” (like going
into crowds at outdoor concerts with big signs which read, “Stop
Watching Porn! Start Fighting Patriarchy!”) and stand our ground
in the mass debate this provokes
out in the oppressed neighborhoods throughout the city with a
beautiful “War on Women” display
street theater in crowded areas
public programs on women’s liberation
a cultural talent show against patriarchy
discuss and strategize every day as to how to really kick out the
jams and take the movement to End Porn & Patriarchy to a whole
societal level, particularly making plans for the campuses and high
schools in the fall
our work thus far with this initiative we have found incredible
receptivity. Yes, some people are hostile (which is only to be
expected in a society where so many have been indoctrinated for so
long in such bone-deep misogyny), but there are also many who have
been choking on their rage and hungry for an outlet. And there are
many who begin by dismissing or even attacking us who, through sharp
arguments and political struggle, open up about how much turmoil they
have been in over these very questions and express the desire to get
involved in the movement to end patriarchy.
until now we have not found the ways to fully tap into this, to bring
it to the surface, to sustain this and to fan it even further. This
is what we will do in these ten days.
will be a forging ground for all who attend, a chance to work
together with other like minded people to try new things out and
figure out what works, to get into deep discussion about all this and
strategize about going forward, to project this movement to thousands
of people in one of the most trend-setting cities in the world, and
to draw in and actively organized hundreds as we do.
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