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  • Toward Solidarity Forever: Confronting patriarchy and sexual violence in activist circles

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2 responses to “Toward Solidarity Forever: Confronting patriarchy and sexual violence in activist circles”

  1. Johnnie

    (“Am I creating a distraction from the work at hand by bringing this incident to light? Will going to the police be a betrayal of our collective ideals? What if my own comrades don’t believe me?”)
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    Am I creating a distraction from the work at hand by bringing this incident to light? A distraction? What do you think you are doing, God’s work?

    Will going to the police be a betrayal of our collective ideals? What exactly are the collective ideals you’re speaking about? Rape is a serious felony and should be reported to the police for prosecution. Period!

    What if my own comrades don’t believe me? Then they are not your comrades.

    Is this piece RAGE’s idea of transformative or restorative justice? Dragging the IWW and its membership through the mud, and trying to destroy them in the eyes of the activist community because they have not handled these rape allegations to your satisfaction? Because they did not remove the owner of the IWW hall from their organization you can publicly trash them? Is this the transformative justice you speak of?

    You never mentioned if either of the women went to the Rape Crisis Center or reported it to the police. The IWW cannot and should not be an investigative body. You are holding the membership responsible and asking them to choose sides, without the tools or the competency.

    I don’t know anyone from the IWW or RAGE, but I know how the political police and their provocateurs operate and how they use people to demoralize, sow discord and destroy organizations.

    I don’t pretend to know what happened but I will safely assume the two women who came forward were truly raped. The police would not use them to discredit or destroy an organization, they would use one of their conscious agents to bring other unwitting dupes forward to “fight patriarchy” by speaking on behalf of the victims.

    This is not what “confronting patriarchy and sexual violence in activists circles” should look like. This is more about how to destroy movements for social change. You need to find another way.

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  2. Sexism on the Left - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money

    […] Despite what sectors of the on-line left wanted to believe the Bernie Bro thing very real and very toxic. And of course we see this overtly sexist behavior come out continually from said bros. But this isn’t just an online thing. There’s huge problems with unexamined toxic masculinity on the left. Groups like the Black Bloc idolize such behavior. Other guys go to leftist meetings in no small part to get laid. These are real things and have been for a very long time. For just as long, women have had to deal with this behavior and have too often accepted or internalized it. Beginning with women such as Casey Hayden standing up to sexism in SNCC, we have seen women aggressively attack this overt sexism, but it continues. It can really tear organizations apart, as is happening right now on the radical left in Providence. […]

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