at occupy wall street, apparently anarchy rules: “dont call the cops unless absolutely necessary” carries the day with these revolutionaries. gee, where have we seen this before? thats right: the 18-year old male anarchist who claims to have kickstarted slutwalk baltimore also believes that the community should reverse-slut-shame people i mean men behaving badly into cleaning up their behavior, instead of calling the cops, lest a historical record be left to inform those not directly involved, and lest any actual criminal sanctions be imposed on criminal offenders. in the case of one man who was observed repeatedly groping women at OWS, the community decided to hand this dood over to the police anyway. the reason? he was giving the rest of the much-maligned protesters “a bad name” by sexually violating women.
yep thats right: apparently the liberal doods (and anarchists) bring out the big guns when someone is making the rest of them look bad. not to protect female protesters from male protesters who are sexually violating them, or to punish the sexually predatory men within their own movement. got that? good. of course, when the cops *are* involved, somehow women end up getting groped too.
interestingly, forbes magazine has issued a warning to young protesters of OWS in case they werent already aware: if you get arrested for civil disobedience, you could be raped in prison. and prison-rape is waaaay worse when it happens to men than when it happens to women, so look out, teh menz! literally watch your backs:
A brief stint in custody as the result of acts of civil disobedience might be an event that you can reminisce on. Something that can add a bit of color to your life. Think about Henry David Thoreau turning a day in the Concord jail into the classic On Civil Disobedience. He had refused to pay his poll tax to protest the Mexican War. A little more contemporary, although quite old now, is the indie cult classic Return of The Seacaucus Seven, where a group of boomers fast approaching the watershed age of 30, gather in New Hampshire and talk about how they didn’t make it to the big Washington protest, because they were arrested in New Jersey. The brief jail visit can be much more horrifying for some. I personally have known two activists, who were brutally gang raped during brief incarcerations for minor acts of civil disobedience. […] What better way is there to “neutralize” a dissenter than by having her and especially him sexually assaulted or even merely threatened. The humiliation is unbearable.
bold mine. of course, most if not all women already fucking know that we are the targets of male sexual violence no matter where we go, and that prison-rape is a very real possibility for us too. we dont need to be reminded. so who is forbes talking to here? this is not a rhetorical question.
importantly, the threat of men being raped in prison is also a really good fucking reason (for men) to not get the cops involved for any reason, lest some poor male be brutalized himself while in police custody. even where that man was arrested for sexually brutalizing a woman or women himself. getting the police involved could lead to men being raped. even when the cops get called because the men themselves have raped. which sheds some meaningful light on the anarchists’ motivations in every context, does it not? including how highly they value women, and protecting womens interest in not being sexually violated in general, and in not being sexually violated by them.
and as jezebel reports, apparently theres alot of PIV going on at OWS too, which isnt really a surprise: keep the drugs, alcohol and sex-positivism flowing and hopefully none of the women will “cry rape” and kill everyones buzz i mean foul up the atmosphere of male-centric entitlement which hangs heavy over OWS and all male-centric political movements (including slutwalk) like a rain-soaked sleeping bag.
can women just never escape our reality that we are fodder for sexually predatory men, even when we are politically-active and are trying desperately to evoke meaningful political change alongside men, on mens terms? radical feminists know the answer to that: the answer is obviously we cannot. when organizing with men, our role is and will always be primarily (or exclusively) as sexual commodities, helpmates and masturbatory aids.
the reality is that OWS is a mens movement, and the treatment of the sexual predators in their midst as well as the male protesters’ PIV entitlement tells us everything we need to know. women should be able to peacefully protest and be politically active without giving up their legal rights, or winding up impregnated, worrying about having been impregnated, and becoming trauma-bonded to the other protesters through dangerous male-centric sexuality. this is complete and utter bullshit, and it doesnt help women. thats the thing. politically-active women should never be put in the position of being politically-active mens sexual service stations. ever. but this is in fact what we see, and it has been this way for decades. politically-active women in the 1960s and 70s counterculture dealt with the same damn thing. critically, there was little to no fundamental change with regard to womens social or political status or with regard to sexual politics as a result of that movement. we must learn from this.
its time for women to organize with other women and to protect our own interests. as is proven time and again, only within a womens movement free from men will we ever be able to place front and center womens human right to be free from the sexual use and abuse of predatory men.
large pic and “singles scene” caption from jezebel.
small pic and commentary from tumblr.