January 19th, 2014
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From our Call to Action:

Women are not objects. Women are not things to be used for the sexual pleasure of men NOR are they breeders of children. WOMEN ARE HUMAN BEINGS CAPABLE OF FULL EQUALITY IN EVERY REALM!

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/call-to-action.html

November 22nd, 2013
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November 19th, 2013
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A Matter of Principle: Uniting to Fight, with Room for Struggle

Today we heard from a young activist in Albuquerque who was encouraging folks not to rally to resist the assault on abortion rights with Stop Patriarchy! and others of different perspectives tomorrow at Civic Plaza because Stop Patriarchy! stands up against the multi-billion dollar pornography industry.  He said:

"In case y’all are woo-ed by the awesome name ‘stop patriarchy,’ this group is anti-porn, has been pretty yuck to trans women, and made public stories from a confidential abortion feedback that i attended in april, so please try to think about these things before signing on to support them carte blanche."  He then went on to say he would rather deal with the anti-abortion movement than with us.

We respond to anyone who might hesitate for similar reasons:

 If you are satisfied with sitting silently on the sidelines while the right to abortion is stripped away state by state, if you have made peace with the fact that Christian fascists maintain a moral high ground as women are reduced to incubators, if you are excited about waiting for elections as new anti-abortion laws get slammed through at a breakneck pace, stay home.  Otherwise, show up and FIGHT.  In the meantime, let’s struggle over the question of women’s bodies being commodified by porn and it’s contribution to rape culture, let’s argue it out, and let’s definitely check our facts when it comes to personal attacks and confidential info (we shared our own stories and those with permission).  This is actually an abortion rights emergency, so we can fight this through based on that kind of unity and argue out the rest, or we can remain demobilized and cede the future to religious fanatics.  Which will you do?

Not in Albuquerque?  Add your unique voice to this essential effort at:

www.StopPatriarchy.org/AbortionRightsEmergency

September 24th, 2013
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Un-Blurring the Lines: On Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and the MTV Video Music Awards… and the Need for a Culture of Revolt Against a Revolting Culture

This article originally appeared in Revolution Newspaper at Revcom.us

From a reader who works with the movement for revolution and with End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!

There has been a whole lot of talk and criticism of Miley Cyrus for her performance at the August MTV Video Music Awards. Almost all of the criticism has been directed at her, with little of the criticism directed towards Robin Thicke. Most of the criticism has been that Miley was “indecent,” or a “slut,” or that she was racist in the way that she used Black female dancers. Others are defending her performance by saying that she is just being sexual, and that there was nothing really wrong with her performance. Some of the mainstream freak-out has clearly been amplified by thinly veiled racism over the fact that she “twerked,” while others have accused Miley of wrongly “appropriating Black culture.”

In this piece, I will offer some thinking on the many levels at which this whole incident, including most of the terms of “debate” around it, reveals the need for a culture of revolt against this truly revolting culture. To begin with, while it was far from unique or even the most extreme manifestation in popular culture today, her performance was very much in keeping with a whole culture that degrades and objectifies women, sexuality, and Black people.

But, to simply call Miley a “slut,” without any other content, says much more about how the critic views women and sexuality than it does about Miley Cyrus. And while I realize that many people, even feminists, uphold the use of that term, it most certainly is meant to degrade, not empower, women. And it certainly is not being used in an empowering way in any of the online comments that I’ve seen. Furthermore, the framework of “slut” vs. “good girl” with “good girls” being chaste and virginal is all wrong; the former because of how it degrades women into sex objects, and the latter because it sees women as objects and property.

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June 21st, 2013
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50 Shades of Fucked Up

Woman at Warped Tour: What do you think about 50 Shades of Grey?
Stop Patriarchy: 50 Shades is bad for women, and bad for sex! It has all kinds of master/slave relations.
Woman: AND its poorly written.
Stop Patriarchy: Yeah, not only is it fanfiction based on Twilight, which was written by a Mormon, it's also terribly written...50 Shades of Grey is all kinds of shades of fucked up!
January 8th, 2013
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From Delhi to Ohio & everywhere else: If You’re Not Fighting Rape, You Are Condoning It!

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By Sunsara Taylor
On Dec. 16, 2012 a 23-year-old medical student was kidnapped, repeatedly gang-raped and tortured on a bus in Delhi, India which had been taken over by six men. She was raped repeatedly, beaten viciously, and penetrated by a rusty iron rod which ruptured her internal organs. By the time her rapists dumped her naked body under an overpass, along with her male companion who had sustained broken bones and a severe beating, 95% of her intestines had been pulled out of her body. Her rapists attempted to run her over with the bus, but her companion managed to pull her out of the way. Still, her ordeal was not over. For nearly two hours, as blood poured from her body, medical treatment was delayed – first as passersby refused to stop and then as police delayed and debated over whose jurisdiction and responsibility she was. On December 29th, after 13 days of emergency surgeries and medical attention, she died.
On August 11, 2012, a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio passed out at a party. While she was unconscious, the stars of the local football team stripped her naked, raped her, and goaded party-goers into urinating on her while crowds looked on. They dragged the unconscious girl to three different parties, violating her throughout the night. In cellphone footage taken that night, one of the rapists can be seen laughing and joking about what he and others did to the girl. Referring to the fact that she was unresponsive as this assault went on, he jokes,“Is it really rape, cuz you don’t know if she wanted it or not. She might have wanted it. That might have been her final wish.” While this girl did not, in fact, die, a group of guys can be heard laughing as one of them goes on for a full twelve minutes saying things like, “She is deader than OJ Simpson’s wife,” and, “She is deader than Trayvon Martin.”


How different are these two stories, really? 

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August 13th, 2012
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generously for the production of these materials. We have proudly been wearing these buttons and shirts while taking patriarchy by storm in NYC. We have been stopped by people who wanted to talk, to learn more, to debate. And by many people who wanted to take a picture of our shirts! More of these need to be produced so the resistance can spread across the country. Donate and join the movement to stop patriarchy!

August 13th, 2012
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Spreading these bold palm cards around nyc reaches a diverse variety of people. We’re engaging in both profound conversations and heated debates, but we’re also just spreading this message which yields a wide range of reactions. Initially, the slogan about porn provokes surprise in gasps and giggles. When the card is flipped that surprise is quickly transformed in to sincerity (the back features 7 things people can do to stop patriarchy). In our society, we are trained that the conditions women are kept under are natural, that we cannot change them, that we should just get used to it. The idea that these conditions can change is new and extremely refreshing. A lot of people have been waiting for this for a long time, I know I have been.

August 12th, 2012
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Taking Patriarchy by Storm—Saturday volunteers protested some of the many sites of women’s oppression in NYC… St. Patrick’s cathedral, porn stores, hooters, and more ugliness. Stop the war on women! We are just getting started…

Donate generously at stoppatriarchy.org to spread this resistance!

May 20th, 2012
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Slavery by Another Name: Sex Work and the “Empowerment” Charade in Gender Studies

An Open Letter on Sexual Subjugation and Intellectual Rationalization

Some people say that it is wrong to call for the abolition of pornography, prostitution and the entire global sex industry. They claim that doing so only further stigmatizes the women—and very young girls—who are bought and sold and denies these women—and these very young girls—their “agency.” Instead of abolishing the sex industry, these people insist, we should be “empowering” women and girls to “reclaim sex work” and we should be fighting the sense of shame that is imposed on these women and girls for the “work” that they do.

Outrageously, a great many of those making this argument are concentrated in the “Gender Studies” departments at universities and colleges throughout this country and therefore have disproportionate influence over the thinking of young people who are concerned about the oppressed conditions of women throughout the world.

To those who make this argument, and to all those influenced by it, I pose the following:

During the many long and bitter years of outright chattel slavery in the history of the United States, did Black people suffer not only physical brutality, cruelty and disfigurement on a mass scale, but also tremendous psychological trauma, shame, and humiliation as a major part of that experience?

Undoubtedly!

But, does that mean that those generations of enslaved people needed to be “empowered” to make the most of their situation within the confines of slavery? Did they need to be counseled and told not to feel so ashamed or devalued just because they were enslaved?

Or did they need people, millions and millions of people, to fight and to sacrifice to put an end to the back-breaking, spirit-crushing crime against humanity of slavery and, in that process, to repudiate the ideology and culture of white supremacy and Black inferiority which was not only promoted by the U.S. ruling class but which also inflicted deep scars on the psyches of the oppressed themselves?

For anyone with any sense of history and a conscience, the question answers itself.

Applying the same basic standard today, it is simply immoral to refuse to stand up against and demand the abolition of the global sex industry which dehumanizes, degrades, tortures, exploits, traumatizes and brutalizes millions of women and very young girls each year—and which fosters a culture where all women are demeaned, degraded, devalued and endangered. Beyond that, it is impossible to conceive of putting an end to the stigma and the shame that is heaped on women who are used and degraded in the sex industry while simultaneously rationalizing and defending this very industry as it daily treats these women (and very young girls) as nothing more than human chattel.

End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!


(Source: revcom.us)

March 16th, 2012
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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…
March 16th, 2012
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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
March 16th, 2012
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Join Us Saturday @LeftForum: DEBATE!

Saturday, March 17
at The Left Forum at Pace University in NYC -
 
KEY PANELS & DEBATES!

Come listen, learn more and volunteer to be part of the team getting the word out about this new movement to End Pornography & Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
 
►An Army of Rape: Why Supporting the Troops is Wrong! - 10:00 am
 more info
 
► Pornography & the Sex Industry: Reclaim, Regulate, Uproot, or Abolish? A Debate - 12:00 noon
 more info
 
► ABORTION: An Ugent Part of Women’s Liberation — Differing Viewpoints on How to Win this Fight - 3:00 pm
more info
 
full schedule & info: www.leftforum.org
 
email: stoppatriarchy@gmail.com to volunteer

March 16th, 2012
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We know that women in our society are under attack and all men, be they men of conscious, must stand now with them in solidarity. We know their rights to reproductive freedom are under assault from both the state and the conservative base. We know their bodies are likewise under assault; that rape and violence against women is a problem that has not gone away by ignoring it. We know their minds are under attack by our culture which continues to value women’s thoughts less than men, and at a lower level of significance than their physicality. We know that pornography, which has become one of the most powerful economic forces in the world today, continues to portray women as the mere sex objects of men, and continues to earn primarily male profits, and that this helps reinforce the rape culture that seemingly constitutes American culture today. The military is guilty of some of the worst offenses carried out against women. In the U.S. Military, women continue to be raped and sexually assaulted at a rate much greater than the general population (1 in 3). Very often, the perpetrator of these crimes is a male within a woman’s ‘chain-of-command’ making it near impossible for her to seek and attain justice. So often, when violence is done against women in the military, it never becomes known. Rather than become a cause for public outrage, too often these incidents turn into private shame.
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