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June 20,2014 
Stop Patriarchy LA & the Revolution Club tabled for Revolution Books @ Warped Tour in Pomona!
A pair of us set out into the crowd with a sign that read: ”WOMEN ARE NOT BITCHES, HOES, OR PUNCHING BAGS. 
WOMEN ARE FULL HUMAN BEINGS!”
Many young women enthusiastically came up to request a photo with the sign along along with some young men who also loved it. Some were feminists who have been drawn to feminist YouTube channels and Tumblr sites.
We talked to a young Latina student who was interested in what was at the Revolution Books table about the sexual violence that exists, & how patriarchy is woven so tightly into the fabric of this capitalist-imperialist system.
The celebrity Angelina Jolie is actively fighting to end sexual assault in the military, as if to only pull a single thread away, when its really about how the fabric is woven, and there are many threads of patriarchy that desperately need to come out. Angelina Jolie has good intentions when she speaks out against rape in the military and war zones. And YES, rape needs to end. However, what is to be done about war? Rape IS a weapon, not just by choice, but it is a weapon that the military and this culture needs to keep its victims, particularly women and children, in a state of terror. This is patriarchy, which this system needs and whose operatives constantly reassert back into our system, and it is backed up by a state apparatus with a monopoly on the legitimate means of violence through its police, courts, detention sites, and drone strikes on innocent lives. What is to be done…when the military is a huge concentration of all of the patriarchy, white supremacy, extreme jingoism, and national exceptionalism? In order to create a world without rape, ALL of this needs to be swept aside, and can be swept aside, through revolution!
The young woman said she wanted to sign up to be a part of the movement to end pornography and patriarchy and become a part of building a movement for revolution. She talked about the culture that places blame on victims and women, and it made her angry.
Many more people who think that “WOMEN ARE NOT BITCHES, HOES, OR PUNCHING BAGS. WOMEN ARE FULL HUMAN BEINGS!” should check out and get involved in the movement for Revolution, and the movement to STOP PATRIARCHY! 
July 9th, 2014
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May 19th, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy was recently asked to remove all anti-pornography messages from a table we had at a Vagina Monologues production, in the name of “sex positivity.” Activists with Stop Patriarchy said, you know that there’s a war on women when the state can keep sex education out of the schools and abolish abortion, while a curious ten-year-old can type “sex” into Google and watch a woman eat shit. This is what we are exposing, and we should all fight it. Porn has nothing to do with sex, and it’s not “positive” in its effects—it does nothing to encourage real intimacy, it makes rape and the absence of consent sexy in the minds of many, and the industry itself continues to intersect with sex trafficking and generally treat women like garbage. The event organizer went on to say that there were women involved in the event who create “feminist pornography.” Stop Patriarchy said that we need a movement for women’s liberation, fighting for a world without a multi-billion dollar sex trafficking industry, where women’s bodies are not objects up for sale: not through sex slavery, not in strip clubs, not in porn, no matter who is getting the profit. A world where slavery is rejected not sexualized, and a woman is more than an orifice and receptacle to stuff things into or pump stuff out of.

This is where the connection between the social origins and the social consequences of individual desires must be grasped. Not all theories that seem on the surface to be in opposition to harmful and oppressive tradition actually reflect the kind of world that is possible: a world without slavery in any form. On the contrary, the defining of sex as “whatever you want it to be” when what people want is being shaped by a patriarchal system, is in itself a stamp of approval on the intolerable conditions women face in the world as it is.

May 18th, 2014
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Sexual Assault Running Rampant in the U.S. Military: Not A Deviation From “Military Values” — Right in Line with Patriarchy

from revcom.us

On May 1, 2014, the Department of Defense released its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military for 2013. Their findings show that reports of sexual assault increased in all four branches of the military by 50 percent in the last year; a total 5,061 allegations of sexual assault were reported in 2013. The report also acknowledges that the number of sexual assaults reported reflect only somewhere between 11 and 20 percent of estimated sexual assaults that happen in the military.

Military defenders and apologists are claiming that the increase in reporting of sexual assault is a triumph, showing that reforms in the military reporting process are making female soldiers more confident and comfortable reporting sexual assault! Senator Claire McCaskill had the audacity to release a statement that heralded the 86 percent increase in reported sexual assault in the Marines as “concrete progress as our recent sweeping reforms continue to take root”!

According to the same report, half of the women who reported sexual assault in 2013 declined to press charges out of fear of retaliation. Forty-three percent did not think anyone would believe them. Seventy-four percent of women said they “perceived barriers” to reporting sexual assault.

The estimated total of unreported assaults is based on surveys that require the victims to tell the truth at great personal risk. The fact is there is no way for these imperialists to know if more women are coming forward with these stories, because they don’t know how many victims there actually are. For a woman in the military who has been raped to be dismissed, alienated, and retaliated against for reporting sexual assault is commonplace. To the extent that it may be true that the increased number of reports reflect an increase in overall reporting, the deeper problem is that rape and sexual violence against women are rampant and epidemic in the military, and in society at large.  But this is the question that is not being asked: WHY are women in the military being sexually assaulted by the untold thousands, and then being thrown headfirst into a hurricane of hostility, misogyny, rape apologetics and victim-blaming if they dare to report?

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May 6th, 2014
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Trying to Grow a Plant Underneath a Rock

"A lot of people talk about, when abortion is illegal, women die. That’s true… These stories need to come out, it’s very important. But that’s not the whole of it. When abortion is illegal, women have their lives foreclosed by forced motherhood. That’s it for them. They drop out of school, they get trapped in abusive marriages, they get… into marriages that never should have happened, they get driven into poverty, or deeper into poverty. Their whole lives are changed and shaped for them. And then, every other girl growing up… when they see that going on, it’s not just that their dreams are extinguished, the dreams don’t even flourish to begin with. Because when you see every woman around you treated that way, it’s like trying to grow a plant underneath a rock."

-Sunsara Taylor, Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Rally in Fargo

March 17th, 2014
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Clinic Closures, Terror, and the True Emergency Facing Abortion Rights Its WORSE Than You Think—We Must Act to Stop It NOW!

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by Sunsara Taylor | March 17, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

On March 6, the last abortion clinic in the impoverished Rio Grande region of Texas stopped providing abortions. Today, any woman there who needs an abortion must make a 300-mile round-trip to the next closest clinic. Many will never make that trip. Instead, they will be trapped in abusive relationships, be driven (deeper) into poverty, or take desperate measures—like prostitution—to support a child they did not want. Others will die attempting to self-induce abortions.

Just last year, Texas had 44 abortion clinics. By September, if nothing changes, there will only be six. But, as harrowing as that is, this problem is not restricted to Texas.

It’s WORSE Than You Think

203 abortion restrictions have been passed in the last three years. Three abortion clinics have closed in Ohio since last summer. Two have closed in Virginia. Michigan went from 19 abortion providers in 2009 to just six by 2011. Arizona lost 12 abortion clinics since 2010. Pennsylvania lost five. Five states have only one abortion clinic left and one of those states—Mississippi—is in danger of losing even that clinic; on April 28, the same Federal District court that upheld the clinic closures in Texas will rule on a similar law which would close the last clinic in Mississippi.

On March 3, a clinic in Montana was so viciously vandalized that it has been closed indefinitely. Last year, a man attempted twice to burn down a Planned Parenthood in Missouri and another man was convicted of planning to assassinate an abortion doctor in Wisconsin. In total, eight doctors and staff have been murdered for providing abortions.

Already, women across the country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort. They are inserting sharp objects up their vaginas, taking pills, asking their boyfriends to beat them up, throwing themselves down the stairs, drinking dangerous amounts, and more. A study done in 2012 found that 12 percent of women near the Mexico border who came in for abortions had already attempted to induce their own abortions but failed. Now, with the clinics near them in Texas closed, that number will inevitably rise.

This Must Be Stopped!

If this war on women is not directly confronted in its totality, if it is not called out and opposed in uncompromising terms, and if it is not massively resisted and decisively defeated very, very soon, a new and horrific “normalcy” will be hammered into place. Backed up by the weight of thousands of years of tradition’s chains on women, the growing strength of Christian fascist theocrats, and the crushing force of the state, women’s lives are being foreclosed and broken and the future of all women is at risk.

What is needed right now is a massive outpouring of rage. Everyone who does not want to see women forced to have children against their will, who does not want to see women forced into a position that is tantamount to slavery, must act to stop this now.

read the full article here:

http://revcom.us/a/333/clinic-closures-terror-and-the-true-emergency-facing-abortion-rights-en.html

March 17th, 2014
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Hillary Clinton, the much-hoped-for presidential candidate within the official (i.e., bourgeois) “women’s movement,” has said, “I for one, respect those who believe that there are no circumstances under which any abortions should ever be available.”
Excuse me? People who are fighting to end all abortion in all circumstances deserve as much “respect” as those who fought for Jim Crow segregation. It doesn’t matter whether they are “sincere” in their beliefs, they are WRONG and they must be uncompromisingly opposed.
-Sunsara Taylor
Read the article at: Revolution Newspaper
Find out more about April 11 & 12 at: StopPatriarchy.org

Hillary Clinton, the much-hoped-for presidential candidate within the official (i.e., bourgeois) “women’s movement,” has said, “I for one, respect those who believe that there are no circumstances under which any abortions should ever be available.”

Excuse me? People who are fighting to end all abortion in all circumstances deserve as much “respect” as those who fought for Jim Crow segregation. It doesn’t matter whether they are “sincere” in their beliefs, they are WRONG and they must be uncompromisingly opposed.

-Sunsara Taylor

Read the article at: Revolution Newspaper

Find out more about April 11 & 12 at: StopPatriarchy.org

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