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 Feminist Ryan Gosling and the Visual Scream stems from our increasing frustration with the politicizing and disciplining of women and their bodies especially as a device to curry political favor and to distract from other issues.    

In the past several weeks, it has become increasingly apparent that:

Politicians feel free to demonize women for having sex and justified in promoting paternalistic policies to deny them healthcare. Birth control and abortion are basic healthcare and they don’t necessitate explanations or apologies. Women are prevented from influencing these kinds of legislation and participating in the public sphere.  They are publicly sex shamed for having opinions about their own bodies. 

Domestic abuse is framed as a minor and excusable offense that not only can be pardoned, but later sexualized and profited from in pop culture. 

Women are being raped and sexually abused in an effectively institutionally sanctioned manner and then publicly shamed not only for coming forward, but for being victims.

Single mothers are constantly harassed by policy makers and routinely subjected to humiliating public scrutiny while being stripped of the resources and social support that they need. These attacks are often race and class based.  

Gender is used to deny same sex couples the opportunity to enjoy the social protections that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy and that no one, regardless of their partner’s gender (or lack of a partner for that matter), should be denied. 

These things are not okay and we are tired of defending and explaining what should be assumed as basic rights.

We are also tired of how these issues, which should already be settled, are being used to deflect attention from social and economic injustices that run rampant in our culture and demand real solutions now.  

This project is our attempt to confront the absurdity of our present situation. 

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womenoccupy:

Confront sexism in the Occupy Movement!  From Occupy SF and Women Occupy march on IWD.

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theharbingerum:

        It is no great secret that the American political system, despite its democratic auspices, is a mechanism for the rule of an elite minority. The past thirty years in particular have seen many brazen examples of this, highlighted by an unprecedented expansion of the gap between rich and poor as social welfare spending was cut to make way for ever greater tax breaks for the wealthy. However, while the corruption of our system has been exposed repeatedly by thousands of different observers, the modern political climate holds new developments. As our politicians squabble on the national stage it becomes clear that along with misrepresenting us, these elites are increasingly incapable of effectively governing the country. A division has emerged within the ruling class that makes their hold on power increasingly tenuous, creating opportunities for the people to seek a radically different future.
        After four years, the promises of President Obama’s campaign seem almost cruel when placed alongside his actions in office. Instead of a break with the past, Obama has pursued policies remarkably akin to those of his predecessors, most ironically George Bush. Guantanamo Bay remains open while an interventionist foreign policy continues to cause thousands of deaths globally. Our economy continues to be weak,  the “recovery” largely jobless;  tax rates on the wealthy are at historic lows; health care reform passed only as a broken shadow of itself; and our freedoms have been limited by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in ways that the authors of the Patriot Act could only dream of. There can be little argument that Obama has fallen far short of his promises from the campaign trail.

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womenoccupy:

Bust Up Big Banks, and especially Bank of America!

says CODEPINK activists at Occupy SF Intl Women’s Day March. 

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occupyla:

Occupy everything and never give it back!

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