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Sex, (I'm a....)? Whatever the hell I want to be.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014



12 out of 21 of my closest comrades have been violently assaulted, including myself. Every woman in my peer group that I know can attest to walking home with her keys positioned in her knuckles, just in case. Possibly every woman reading has been called a whore, slut, promiscuous, and or has been degraded  for her sexual choices, appearance and/or behavior at some point in their lives. Many of us have daughters that will grow up and experience "the real world".  For these reasons, and many more, we need to take back some played out feminist terms like Slut Shaming and make sure they're used correctly.  You've heard the word over and over again but what does it really mean?

"What IS slut shaming?"

The term slut shaming caught on fast and was adopted by mass media when slime ball Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke calling her a slut for promoting birth control.  Since then the cultural institution has been slinging the feminist term "slut shaming" online and within quasi-intellectual groups.  On the surface it seems a good thing, right? The word is now part of the conversation and in the general lexicon, people are understanding it and recognizing it! YAY!  WRONG!! As with most things, it's been absorbed and general public has used this complex concept for trend's sake so much and much of the time in the wrong context,  that it's now obnoxious when you come across it in publications. It has been eroded to the point of desensitization.  It is grossly underused outside of print, small groups and the blogosphere. Language matters and this is an important term and behavior that has affected every woman we have ever known. So, let' get into it!

"What exactly does the term mean and how do I know if I'm slut shaming?"

Any time someone implies that female self-respect, respectability, or their value and worth is determined by a woman's true or extrapolated sexuality or behavior and uses the terms slut, whore, ho, hooker, skank, tramp, etc. to insult, excuse, dismiss, pimp or use sexual violence to monitor, gossip, bully, criticize, intimidate, embarrass, dictate or police a woman, her clothing and/or sexual choices, or invoke the virgin-whore dichotomy, ("Do you want to be 'a good role model'/a lady/the one he wants to marry [virgin] or a 'bad role model'/the one the guy just wants to bang/ white trash [whore]) they are slut-shaming. 

 Examples:
  • "oh my god do you see what she's wearing?"
  • "She looks like a whore so she must be one."
  • "no one will ever marry you if you run around being promiscuous" (gag).
It doesn't matter what the person or companies "intent" is,  impact is what matters.  Shaming or objectifying women and imposing righteous or faux-moral puritanical modesty on women for any reason is wrong. It is destructive and dangerous. Not only does shaming women keep things "the way they are" it can be downright deadly. Even innuendo has very real consequences. One glance through google news will give you endless stories of young women committing suicide after being shamed on the net or in public and stories of young women being gang raped on school campuses.



"Ok , so slut shaming is when men call other women a slut or objectify them in any way, right?"

NO!

Anytime any person degrades a woman using her behavior or sexuality to shame her it is slut shaming. Woman, especially young women, also slut shame and it's disgusting. Hearing woman use the term "slut shaming" to police OTHER women is hypocritical at the very least and in fact advances the white supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy. Women are NOT to blame for their oppression and there's nothing more grotesque than women attacking other women. Systemic sexism is the issue and infighting only holds us back. You can not blame or shame women about the choices they make within a system they did not create. 

Arguments about whether or XXX Pop Star's latest awards show dance or clothing is "appropriate" is irrelevant, non-productive and  completely misses the point. The conversation needs to be about a system and culture we live in that turns female sexuality into a capitalist product, a woman's body regarded as something men (and legislators) own and dismantling a culture of rape.

Sexuality is healthy and NORMAL.
Only you own you. The next time you see the term or witness the behavior, call it out on the spot.  Dismantle the antiquated double standards (Stud/Slut and so on) and let's do away with repressive and harmful misogyny. Our girls are counting on us!

 Forward.





Arm the Homeless & NWA
Monday, February 24, 2014

Please feel free to pass this info & graphic around to spread the word! Understand that our crew is happily slammed and all requests will be handled in order, according to need.

Solidarity,
NWA





NWA Action Alert!
Monday, February 24, 2014

Be a part of #OpValentine:

1)Find a prisoner (or multiple prisoners) by going to Denver ABC (Anarchist Black Cross) and select Social Movement Prisoners, Politicized Prisoners or Other.

http://denverabc.wordpress.com/prisoners-dabc-supports/
You can also locate LGBQT prisoners here:
http://www.blackandpink.org/prison-penpals/

2) Send your selected prisoner(s) a postcard, valentine, or letter. Read up on sending mail to prisons here: http://oppenpal.wordpress.com/guidelines/

3) Some suggestions: Prisoners love hearing news, local updates, funny stories, or pretty much anything interesting. They also love photos, so feel free to include some (printed on regular computer paper), or use an approved service like FlikShop or FotoPigeon.

4) Tweet photos of your valentines to @OpPenPalusing the hashtag #OpValentine to help them maintain their photo gallery and be sure to drop us a pic here on the NWA page! All photos will be reposted anonymously and without attribution.

5) Tell all your friends! We could use the help and someone is truly dying to hear from you.

From OpPen:

Think of this as a backward compatible interweb solidarity action. A snail mail DDoS of prison mail rooms across the country, if you will. For the next month let us commit to flooding these soulless facilities with messages of love, hope, support and solidarity. Every letter makes a difference. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

We do not forgive injustice.We do not forget our imprisoned comrades.Expect Mail. Lots of it.

Solidarity,
NWA





MLK Jr. 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014




Two speeches (Letter from Birmingham, I Have a Dream), though inspiring, are not the totality of Martin Luther King Jr. If that's all you (or your kids) have been exposed to, you're *really* missing the full picture. He gave about 500 speeches a year and wrote several books. If you're unaware, do yourself (and your kids) a favor and discover the full weight of the movement and the man. It matters.

In my opinion the most moving speech was 'A Time to Break the Silence'. This speech was considered too political, too compassionate, and too radical. He was warned by his own staff who pleaded with him NOT to give it.  It  is *mind blowing* how truly ignorant and passive 'we' CHOSE to be. That this was considered extravagant pauses me.

He gave "'A Time to Break the Silence' at Riverside Church on April 4th, 1967. When people were actively supporting the Vietnam War, he took his official stand and came out against it. Civil rights leaders came out hard against it, the President (Johnson) stopped talking to him, people LOST their minds.

You can read OR listen to it here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm

The line that always stuck with me:
"We are taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them 8,000 miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in Southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools."

And this:
(talking about losing money at home in the case against poverty to Vietnam)
"A Nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."  (We are way past that hour now)

Martin Luther King Jr.'s words are still lost upon us. Racism, poverty, war.. we may not *ever* get it right, but if we keep telling his stories, repeating his speeches, it hits the people it should hit and the rest will just fall by the wayside. They don't have have a choice, you can't halt progress no matter how much you stomp your feet, mouth breath across air waves, or play the victim card.

Forward.
Thanks, Dr. King, for being human in a world of animals, for following your conscience and allowing your heart to lead the way. 



updates
Monday, August 17, 2009



Hello again. How I have missed you all! Welcome to all of my new friends! Some of the old links and images for flyers are severely out dated.. this is a work in progress again. Been off writing other places, getting married, have baby's ..etc. When you reach a link or image that is out of date, shoot me an email I would appreciate it. Thanks! xx deepfried



Stop Using Their Language!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The headlines should read: "Gynecologist that provided legal medical services to women-murdered by anti-life fanatic"
If I read "Abortion Doctor" one more time I think I'll go mad. This goes to my lovely liberal friends as well. Quit using the far-right's language. He's a medical doctor, an Obgyn for christ sakes!!!!!



Abortion Banned in South Dakota and now Mississippi?
Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Mississippi House Public Health Committee approved a bill that will make abortions illegal, except those which are necessary to save a pregnant woman's life. The bill, much like the one which was passed in South Dakota last week, would make no exception for cases of rape or incest. The bill will now go to the full state House, and a vote could be expected next week.



Coretta King
Tuesday, January 31, 2006




D.I.Y. Fest,. Los Angeles, TOMORROW!
Friday, January 13, 2006

D.I.Y. Festival
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
THE SMELL, 247 S. Main St.Los Angeles, Ca. 90012
(enter from the back alley) From 3pm-9pm $5.00M
For more info, CLICK



federal judge barred school district from teaching "intelligent design" in biology
Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Excellent.

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