June 20,2014Stop 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!
People often ask, “What about the emotional well being of men who can’t/don’t do masculinity well enough for society to leave them alone?”
First, it’s not “society’ that won’t leave them alone. It is men. Men are the ones committing violent crimes to enforce masculine norms in other men.
if men were tragically unaware of their oppressor status they would be much less specific than “feminists are all fat ugly and lesbians”
men know exactly what they are doing as evidenced by their claims that feminists are exactly that which does not service them correctly
Can people please stop acting like the men’s rights movement can in anyway be legitimized. Stop saying ‘if they care about men they should become feminists’- this implies their complaints are legitimate. Their rhetoric and their motive is woman-hating. They can’t be reformed because it’s a movement steeped in misogyny. They do not deserve to be taken seriously.
"without us you wouldn’t have any rights!" without you we wouldn’t have to fight for them
Always this. Always.
"Remember that men gave women the right to vote!"
And remember that men should never have been at such a social and political advantage as to be able to literally give and take away rights from groups of people.
For many of the speakers at a men’s rights conference in Michigan, feminism was the enemy.
This is great. The childish behavior of MRAs documented on a national news source.
Though men’s rights activists who hosted the conference often say sexual assault against men isn’t taken seriously, the audience laughed when speaker Fred Jones mentioned his fears about his son being raped after being arrested in New Orleans.
“He’s kinda small and kinda cute, good looking, you know what I mean?” Jones said. “You know what they do with –” Jones cut himself off. But the audience laughed.
Barbara Kay, a columnist for Canada’s National Post, argued that Santa Barbara shooter Elliott Rodger couldn’t have been driven by hatred of women because “he hated women because they rejected him sexually, but he also hated men because they had access to women.”
Rape on college campuses, she added, was a myth perpetrated by man-haters, and the concept of rape culture, how society can tacitly approve of or rationalize sexual assault, was “baseless moral panic.”
“The vast majority of female students allegedly raped on campus are actually voicing buyer’s remorse from alcohol-fueled promiscuous behavior involving murky lines of consent on both sides,” she said, drawing chuckles from the audience. “It’s true. It’s their get-out-of-guilt-free card, you know like Monopoly.” The chuckles turned to guffaws.
You really know how fucked up men are when their example of female privilege is that we need more shelters to protect us from them than they need to protect them from us