March 12th, 2014
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Speech for International Women’s Day on the role of the military in the war on women

There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported to the Defense Department from October 2012-June 2012. During that same period, there were 219 casualties in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers were 15 times more likely to be raped by a comrade than to be killed by an enemy.

About 26,000 women and men in the military were sexually assaulted in 2012. About 75% of women her were assaulted did not report the attacks; about 76% of the men who were assaulted didn’t report their attacks either.

The Pentagon estimates that 85% of sexual assault crimes go unreported.

About 40% of victims in one study indicated that the perpetrator was their ranking officer.

During the reported period, only 302 service members faced punishment or dismissal as a result of being charged, which is less than 2.5% of the total suspected number of sexual assaults and rape, yet 62% of victims who reported sexual assault experienced retaliation.

48,100 women and 43,700 men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, responding to a survey, acknowledged suffering from military sexual trauma.

According to the Department of Labor, between 20-48% of female veterans were sexually assaulted in the military. More women leave the military with post-traumatic stress disorder from rape than from combat.

In the past 25 years, more than 500,000 people have been sexually assaulted in the military.

90% of survivors of sexual assault in the military are involuntarily discharged.

80% of perpetrators and those accused are discharged with honor.

I could rattle off statistics all day about the abuses of the military, but I’d rather talk about fear. There is rampant fear within the military, to report abuses, to fight back, to speak out against this toxic atmosphere. There is fear outside of the military as well.

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January 29th, 2014
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Blaming the Victim will NEVER solve the problem! We Need to Tell The TRUTH because it Matters!

By Pete Ha

Do you believe “Abortion on demand and without apology” is too extreme? Do you agree with the statement but believe others could not? If so, think about who this applies to. Should SOME women have access to abortion and others cannot? Should SOME women apologize for their abortions? Would you allow someone EVER to blame themselves? Would you settle with their reasoning and validate their self-blame for WHATEVER this culture that degrades, subjugates, commodifies women has to say about women to continue these lies that women are incubators, abortion is murder, and fetuses are babies? NO, you would say “I can understand why you’re blaming yourself, but I have to say it’s not your fault. You’re not alone. 1 in 3 women have had an abortion and it’s not murder. There is NOTHING wrong with abortions. What your family or religion or culture dictates is not true at all. You are a beautiful human being capable of making your own decisions.” For those who do not want to have an abortion, they don’t have to. Abortion is a fundamental right for women, and no one has the right to shame or harass women for what they do with their bodies. We can ALL be a part of the LIBERATION GENERATION and say ABORTION ON DEMAND so anyone who wants or needs one can get one and WITHOUT APOLOGY so we can begin to no longer live in a culture that shames, blames, or forces HALF OF HUMANITY, that is, the female gender, to apologize for WHATEVER.
Sign the statement in support of Abortion on Demand!
http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/abortionondemandstatement.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

October 13th, 2013
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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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September 1st, 2013
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A Message from Susan Brownmiller to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride - to read at Abortion Rights Rally - Aug 17, 2013 in Jackson, MS

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-Susan Brownmiller, author of “Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape” and “In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution”

Greetings to the Abortion Caravan in Jackson.  I am a survivor of three illegal abortions in 1960s, for which I needed to travel to Cuba and Puerto Rico because Roe v. Wade, the great Supreme Court ruling that affirmed women’s rights, did not become the law of the land until the following decade.

Honor your feminist predecessors who led the fight for legalization.  Honor their speakouts and disruptions of legislative hearings in those militant years.  Honor their slogans “Abortion is a women’s right” and “Free Abortion on Demand” that you have resurrected today.

Honor Nancy Stearns, who devised the strategy of class-action lawsuits in 30 states with thousands of complainants.  

Honor the Chicago activists who called themselves “Jane” and began performing abortions themselves.  

Honor the Los Angeles activists Carol Downer and Lorraine Rothman who perfected a vacuum aspiration technique they called “menstrual extraction”.

Honor the Women’s Liberation Center of Austin, Texas that reached out to two young Texas lawyers, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee.  Honor Weddington and Coffee who filed the single-plaintiff suit, Roe v. Wade, that the Supreme Court finally ruled on in January 1973, in a 7 to 2 decision.

You are standing on the shoulders of remarkable women who never expected their amazing work could become undone a few decades later by evil coalitions of reactionary forces.   The battle is now yours to fight and win again. 

June 24th, 2013
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Denying women the right to abortion, denying them the right to decide if, and when, they will have children, with everything that means, and all the effects that will have on their lives, denying this is like battering and rape. Denying the right to abortion is a means of exercising forcible control by a male supremacist society over the very lives of women and over their bodies.
Bob Avakian
April 8th, 2013
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"Legitimate Rape" on SVU &Real Justice

I am not a follower of the television show Law & Order: SVU (Special Victims Unit.) There’s something about the glorified police brutality and the idea of people’s trauma as entertainment that turns my stomach. Then I heard they did an episode called “Legitimate Rape.” The title is a play on the outrageous comments made by Todd Akin, a Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Missouri last August claiming victims of “legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant. I became curious about how they took this on, and figured it was worth watching, just this once. 

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January 19th, 2013
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Stop Asking Me “Why Do You Hate Men?” – The Real Question is Why So Many Men Hate Women!

Break the Silence ©2007-2013 ~AzFaka

Break the Silence ©2007-2013 ~AzFaka

I’ve been thinking lately about the charge that is eventually leveled against anyone that actively fights for women to be treated as human beings. “YOU HATE MEN!!”

Not true. But before I go all into defense mode…let me turn the question: Why is it that men hate women?

Look at the world we live in, and look, honestly, at what this world is like for women. Look at how many women are raped, the majority of the rapes carried out on women by men that they trust, friends even. One of the ones they thought was one of the “good guys.”

Look at how many women are beaten, again mostly by their so-called ‘partners’

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November 26th, 2012
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N17 Report from Atlanta!

N17 report sent to Stop Patriarchy from Atlanta, Georgia:

The Military Culture of “Be All You Can Be” Patriarchy

(Inside the military and in the lands they invade and occupy)

As a part of the Call “N17: Take to the Streets! Stop the War on Women!” by the movement to “End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women,”  Revolution Books Atlanta brainstormed with some people to come up with a bold expression that could be taken to the annual School of America’s Watch (SOAW) at Fort Benning, in Columbus, Georgia.   People come from all over the country (and some other parts of the world) to participate in the SOAW protest demanding the closing of the School of Americas because of its program of training reactionary armies from Latin America in CIA torture techniques, and consequently being responsible for torturing and murdering tens of thousands of people over the years.

Since the military is such a concentration of the oppression of women, we really wanted to expose the whole culture of patriarchy it embodies. We decided it would be important to have an interactive piece that would draw people in and find out their thoughts on the war on women.  We waited until we got to the protest to put it together in order to bring others into the process on the spot.  Three women enthusiastically took it up right away.  The title of the piece was “The Military Culture or ‘Be All You Can Be’ Patriarchy (Inside the Military and in the Lands they Invade and Occupy).”


We had a very bright piece of yellow felt that was 7’ x 8’. One of the women lied down and her body was outlined on the fabric.  Then we attached pieces of paper in the shape of bullets going into and exiting the outline of the woman’s body, with words on each bullet:  Rape, Pornography, Sexual Harassment, Homophobia, Torture, Degradation of Women, Denial of Abortion, Prostitution, Strip Clubs.  As people came by to check out the display they added more to it, expanding the Homophobia bullet to include Transphobia, Heterosexism and Cissexism; and adding more bullets for Sex Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Glass Ceiling.  Attached at the bottom of the display was a scroll of paper for people to write their comments, and next to that was the mission statement of “End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women.” The whole piece was taped down in the middle of the street leading to the entrance of the military base that had been closed off for the protest.

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November 18th, 2012
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N17 End Porn and Patriarchy Pageant in NYC!!!!
We made quite a noise in the big bad city :)

November 8th, 2012
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FED UP! Why I’m Taking It To The Streets N17.

by Karlee

On November 17th, in conjunction with actions around the nation, I’m taking the fight against patriarchy to the streets because the war on women is real, I’m angry, and the solution is not more female Senators.
I am fed up with “legitimate rape,” “gift from god rape,” “enjoyable rape,” detainee rape, and the rape culture that continues to blame victims and encourage rapists at every chance. When a comedian makes a joke about rape it’s defended, but when he’s challenged it’s “heckling.” Women walk around every day wounded with the trauma or shaking with the fear of becoming one of the rape statistics. 
I am fed up with the attacks on abortion AND birth control. The “woman’s place rhetoric.” Without these basic rights, women can’t be free! Forced motherhood is female enslavement. 
I am fed up with ”sex positive” rhetoric. Porn is destructive to women’s humanity AND their sexuality. I am fed up with the increase in violence that accompanies a more mainstream industry. I am fed up with all industries that profit from the degradation of women. 
Every day is a battle and every block, every ally, every classroom, every home is a war zone as women’s lives are stolen, and their futures foreclosed. This has gone unchallenged for far too long. I’m breaking the silence because in the 30 minutes it took me to write this 120 women have been beaten and at least 10 have been raped. Reproductive rights are in grave danger. I cannot think of one corner of the globe where women are not routinely abused, degraded, sold…  Half of humanity is under attack, that’s why I’m taking it to the streets, and that’s why you should join me.

Join me. Find an event near you. Or organize your own!
Planned Actions So Far…

  • Oakland: StopPatriarchyBayArea@gmail.com
  • NYC: StopPatriarchy@gmail.com
  • LA: EndPatriarchyCSULA@gmail.com
  • Eureka: Karlee.Tiller@gmail.com

 

September 16th, 2012
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riley4rev:

Stop Patriarchy protesting the war on women outside of a porn store near Times Square during our 10-day stretch of Taking Patriarchy by Storm. Yeah, we get a bit rowdy… why the hell shouldn’t we!?

Our stance on the porn industry is simple. We are against it. It destroys the lives of women. It keeps us in a constant state of oppression and degradation. It turns us into commodities to be consumed. It perpetuates patriarchy. It teaches the masses that violating and degrading women is ok, after all, “look how mainstream it is; look at the money these women are making… They have the choice. They choose to do it.” Give me a break… the choice argument is so played out. We are living in a time where it is acknowledged that are choices are completely laid out for us. We have a set of options. And as it turns out, the porn industry is made a completely legitimate option for women. Why is that? Why are we not questioning this more? BREAK THE SILENCE!!!! Questions? submit them to our website/blog. We’d be happy to engage. =)

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