Good shot from the lame coverage of KTVU. Overwhelmingly, the mainstream media downplayed the We Won’t Go Back! counterprotest in San Francisco yesterday, while covering extensively the woman-hating Walk for “Life” and the bullshit Celebration staged by Trust Women who tried to shut us out. If you were there and captured the scope and power of this COUNTERPROTEST in particular, send them in to StopPatriarchyBayArea@gmail.com!
Posts tagged misogyny
I, at first, when I went to Revolutionary Bookstore and heard Sunsara speak I didn’t see the seriousness of porn and I kind of just brushed it off. You think, okay this is something that’s pleasurable, you look at it maybe with your boyfriend you don’t want to seem too feminist you don’t want to seem too sensitive. But I come from a community, an urban community where guys kind of have these sexist attitudes. A lot of their attitudes, I believe, is shaped by porn. But it is shaped by, me as a young person of color, it’s shaped by the music industry. Watching BET, seeing how guys depict women, its like a watered down version of porn. And when you don’t look that way they kind of have these attitudes that you are not woman enough or you’re trying to be the man, look how you dress, you got your hoody, you got your coat. If I have Timberland boots. And often times, why I dress the way I dress I because I don’t want to be fucked with and harassed, you understand? I’m a care-giver. I also graduated from college; I wear many different hats and it’s a shame that I feel that as a woman of color that I’m already being reduced down in society because society sees me as a fucking bitch trick or whore. And you hear what they have said about Whitney Houston about her being a crack head and whore. It’s not just about porn, but it takes it to a macro level. When you have executives and how they view women. My sister works in corporate America and these guys who wear suits, who wear briefcases when they leave from work where do they frequently go? You understand? Strip joints! They purchase escorts…
I want to say what I saw when I come into the porn store. And not just what I saw, but what I felt and what I realized about pornography made with women. When we went to the porn store, on the ‘Torture Wall’ we saw women with these things on their breasts that stop the blood and that is very painful for women. It is not something that we enjoy but the people who made [did it] because that made money and because of this society thinks that women enjoy doing that. But that is not true. And then we saw women giving pleasure to dogs. Because they said that women enjoy this. Which women enjoy this? I am a woman and I don’t enjoy that. And the other things that we saw was a tv showing the second floor of the shop and what was on the second floor were women selling their bodies and they were showing us, the people who were not on the second floor, how the women sell their bodies and how the women are ‘happy’ because of that. It was fucked up. Then, we need to join this movement. You need to join this movement and you need to build it. Because a whole different world is possible. Because we can imagine it and we can build it. You can do it with us
Women speak out at Fox News
Mic checking the racist misogynist ads against abortion today - just one part of the protest celebrating International Women’s Day. More to come…
We’ll be stopping by here after St. Pat’s on Saturday.
Protest at Chiaroscuro Foundation office at 5th Ave. & 50th St. This group is responsible for major anti-abortion advertising including last year’s SoHo billboard which read “The Most Dangerous Place for an Afro-American is in the Womb.” It’s a racist women-hating group that aims to shame black women who seek abortions.
As Richard Viguerie, an early architect of the anti-abortion movement, put it decades ago: “The abortion issue is the door through which many people come into conservative politics, but they don’t stop there. Their convictions against abortion are like the first in a series of dominoes. Then we lead them to concern about sexual ethics and standards among young people. This leads to opposition to secular humanism. Then… we point out that secular humanism is identified as both the godfather and the royal road to socialism and communism which points the way to commitments to minimally regulated free enterprise at home and to aggressive foreign and military politics to counter the communist threat from Russia and its many surrogates.”
Obviously, the world has changed since that quote, but the strategic orientation laid by Viguerie explains a lot as to why the crazy Christian fascist lunatics didn’t stay on the margins of society but were elevated and given major backing by ruling class forces starting with Reagan and continuing till today where they are now all throughout the halls of power, courts, high finance and military.
Read the whole piece - more on how “the bourgeois feminist movement (including the mainstream of the pro-choice movement) has totally subordinated itself to the Democratic Party.”