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IN WHAT could have been an article from the satirical website The Onion, right-wing Washington Post columnist George Will announced earlier this month that campus survivors of sexual assault are “privileged.”

Will’s article sparked immediate fury and outrage, including from rape survivors who wanted to know: What exactly are the “privileges” they now enjoy?

… FOR THOSE of us committed to combating sexual violence, the past few weeks have presented a snapshot of the world that can be confusing.

On the one hand, we have more ugly and blatant evidence of the victim-blaming and sexism that exists in mainstream politics and culture. Will’s column on campus sexual assault was followed by another horrendous Washington Post op-ed article suggesting that more marriage would end rape.

On the other hand, there has been a lot of evidence of people who are fed up by the dominant attitudes about sexual assault.

In the wake of the Isla Vista shootings, activists in Seattle, Portland and other cities took to the streets to bring #YesAllWomen into the streets for a public demonstration. When the men’s rights activist group A Voice for Men—which has a whole page on its website devoted to rape denial—announced plans to host a national conference in Detroit, activists launched a national petition and brought together a coalition of feminist, LGBTQ and labor groups to protest the conference—and won.

… None of this is a matter of coincidence. It is a result of how continued pressure has begun to shift the national conversation around sexual assault.

The thing about a conservative backlash is that it doesn’t work so well when our side outnumbers theirs. Since Will’s article came out, his official Facebook page has been essentially taken over by people horrified by his rape apologies and misogyny. Even his most recent articles, unrelated to rape apology, are swamped with comments from people fed up with his misogyny—including, it should be noted, self-described conservatives.

It was the explosion of SlutWalk demonstrations around the world, the well-organized campaigns against sexual violence on college campuses, the public outcry after the Steubenville, Ohio rape case and community cover-up and all the work of activists in between that has begun to shift the political terrain—and made this movement and its language impossible to ignore.


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Gender violence has reached “epidemic proportions,” according to a UN agency—but why is this happening now?

Nancy Welch is an activist in Vermont, English professor at the University of Vermont (UVM) and member of United Academics, the UVM faculty union. At a June 5 International Socialist Organization meeting, she spoke on a panel discussion on “American Misogyny: What’s Behind the War on Women?” Here, we print her speech, edited for publication.

 … Maybe I can sum up the sea change that occurred by pointing out that the late 1960s into the mid-1970s brought into U.S. living rooms at least half a dozen television shows featuring divorced women, single women and families headed by a woman alone; fast-forward to 1996, and we find fidelity-challenged President Bill Clinton signing into law the bill that repealed welfare, a bill that begins: “The Congress makes the following findings: (1) Marriage is the foundation of a successful society. (2) Marriage is an essential institution of a successful society which promotes the interests of children.”

That bill, replacing welfare supports with low-wage and no-rights workfare requirements, was not about turning back the clock to the brief period following the Second World War when working-class families had more means to fit into the breadwinning dad and stay-at-home mom mold.

Instead, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act was one among a growing number of measures designed to free corporations from paying taxes to support social programs. It was also designed to ensure that those same corporations would have plenty of cheap, disempowered, mostly female and disproportionately minority and immigrant workers, including for the growing low-wage industries of for-profit health care, elder care, child care and domestic services, which the curtailment of government programs helped launch.


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what a horribly socially-diseased society we live in …

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A study released in March 2013 by the American Psychological Association identified women aged 18–33 as the most stressed demographic in the US. In their coverage of the report, the Guardian noted, “Women in the survey reported feeling less valued than their male coworkers, less satisfied with their salaries, less likely to agree that their ‘employer provides sufficient opportunities for internal career advancement.’” The women polled in the study reported anxiety, sleep disorders, and alcohol abuse as consequences of unrelenting workplace pressure.

Jennifer Pan, “Pink Collar,” Jacobin 14.

 … And since chronic stress-related illness and injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S., it is fair to say that sexism kills …


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The New York Times refused to print this comic on “Men’s Rights Activists.”

Some of you may have noticed that David Rees and I have been producing a comic for the New York Times Week in Review section called “See Something, Say Something” every other Sunday… but we’re not in today’s paper. That’s because they objected to David’s script this week and refused to consider printing it… the subject matter (male rage, online bullying & the hashtag #yesallwomen) was “too sensitive.” 
https://michael-kupperman.squarespace.com/kuppermanblahblahblah/2014/6/1/the-comic-not-fit-to-print

The New York Times refused to print this comic on “Men’s Rights Activists.”

Some of you may have noticed that David Rees and I have been producing a comic for the New York Times Week in Review section called “See Something, Say Something” every other Sunday… but we’re not in today’s paper. That’s because they objected to David’s script this week and refused to consider printing it… the subject matter (male rage, online bullying & the hashtag #yesallwomen) was “too sensitive.” 

https://michael-kupperman.squarespace.com/kuppermanblahblahblah/2014/6/1/the-comic-not-fit-to-print


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  • Women with disabilities are at least twice as likely to be victims of domestic violence and sexual assault than women without disabilities. 
  • Women with disabilities experience abuse that lasts longer and is more intense than women without disabilities.
  • Women with disabilities are less likely to report domestic violence or sexual assault. Approximately 70% - 85% of abuse against people with disabilities goes unreported.
  •  Studies estimate that 80% of women with disabilities have been sexually assaulted.
  • One study showed that 47% of sexually abused women with disabilities reported assaults on more than ten occasions.
  • Another study found that only 5% of reported crimes against people with disabilities were prosecuted, compared to 70% for serious crimes committed against people with no disabilities.
  • Women with disabilities are often perceived to be weak, unwanted or asexual, making us  more vulnerable to sexual violence.
  • Some attackers have stated that they considered it a “favor” to rape and/or sexually assault women and girls with disabilities because they thought no one else would have sex with us, that we could not have sex otherwise, or they didn’t even view us as human beings.
  • Abuse has a more severe negative effect on the self-esteem of women with physical disabilities than those without disabilities. 
  • Many women with disabilities have fewer economic resources, thereby increasing the risk of abuse. 
  • Women with disabilities face limited options for escaping abusive situations and accessing battered women’s programs.
  • Women with disabilities are women too. Our voices, our thoughts, our bodies, and our lives matter.

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We need more shaming of people who molest others at shows (also, everywhere):

“Alright, listen up, you f*cking *ssholes,” Lewis said. “That f*cking girl right there is, like, 15 f*cking years old, and you f*cking pieces of sh*t are molesting her while she’s on the f*cking crowd.”

“Your f*cking mothers should be ashamed of themselves, you pieces of sh*t,” Lewis continued. “You should all be f*cking beaten down by everyone around you for being f*cking pieces of sh*t. If I f*cking see that sh*t again, I swear to God, I will point you out in the crowd and have everyone around you beat your f*cking *ss.”


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Boston Feminists for Liberation

Boston Feminists for Liberation


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We need to confront the virulent sexism and violence our culture is steeped in—and the institutions and social relations that generate them.


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