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It is a striking fact—which is starkly evident in the U.S. now—that, in comparison to what is done to women, there is no other group in society that is so systematically reviled and defiled in a way that has become acceptable (or widely accepted in any case) as a significant part of “mainstream” life and culture, as happens in a concentrated way through pornography and the extremely demeaning and degrading images and messages about women it massively and pervasively purveys (with the Internet a major focus and vehicle for this), including pornography’s extensive portrayal of sadistic and violent sexual domination of women...

I began the “Revolution” talk with “They’re Selling Postcards of the Hanging,” reviewing the ugly history of the lynching of Black people in America and the way in which celebration of this became a cultural phenomenon in the U.S., with the selling of picture postcards of these lynchings a major expression of this—often including smiling and leering crowds of white people surrounding the murdered and mutilated body of a Black man. In a recent exchange, a comrade emphasized this profoundly important and compelling point: Today, the way in which pornography depicts women—the displaying of women in a degraded state for the titillation of viewers—including the grotesque brutality and violence against women which is involved in much of this, is the equivalent of those “Postcards of the Hanging.” It is a means through which all women are demeaned and degraded. 

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Look at all these beautiful children who are female in the world. And in addition to all the other outrages which I have referred to, in terms of children throughout the slums and shantytowns of the Third World, in addition to all the horrors that will be heaped on them—the actual living in garbage and human waste in the hundreds of millions as their fate, laid out before them, yes, even before they are born—there is, on top of this, for those children who are born female, the horror of everything that this will bring simply because they are female in a world of male domination. And this is true not only in the Third World. In “modern” countries like the U.S. as well, the statistics barely capture it: the millions who will be raped; the millions more who will be routinely demeaned, deceived, degraded, and all too often brutalized by those who are supposed to be their most intimate lovers; the way in which so many women will be shamed, hounded and harassed if they seek to exercise reproductive rights through abortion, or even birth control; the many who will be forced into prostitution and pornography; and all those who—if they do not have that particular fate, and even if they achieve some success in this “new world” where supposedly there are no barriers for women—will be surrounded on every side, and insulted at every moment, by a society and a culture which degrades women, on the streets, in the schools and workplaces, in the home, on a daily basis and in countless ways.

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Prepare the ground, prepare the people, and prepare the vanguard—get ready for the time when millions can be led to go for revoution, all-out, with a real chance to win.

BAsics, the handbook for revolution You cannot break all the chains, except one. You cannot say you want to be free of exploitation and oppression, except you want to keep the oppression of women by men. You can’t say you want to liberate humanity yet keep one half of the people enslaved to the other half. The oppression of women is completely bound up with the division of society into masters and slaves, exploiters and exploited, and the ending of all such conditions is impossible without the complete liberation of women. All this is why women have a tremendous role to play not only in making revolution but in making sure there is all-the-way revolution. The fury of women can and must be fully unleashed as a mighty force for proletarian revolution.

Bob Avakian
Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
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Can Women Ever Be Free? And Why You Can't Break All the Chains But One

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We are told that “equality for women has been won” and that “there are no limits to what girls can achieve.” BULLSHIT! Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten. Every day three to four women are killed by their partners. One out of four female college students will be raped or sexually assaulted while in college. In recent years, pornography has become increasingly violent, cruel, degrading towards women....

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What Makes Sex “Good”?—And Why Porn Is NOT

May 23, 2016

by Sunsara Taylor

As communist revolutionaries, we are fighting for a world in which all relations between people are based on mutual respect, mutual equality, and mutual flourishing. This includes the way that people of different nationalities, genders, and sexualities relate to each other throughout society and the world. And this includes the way that people relate in their intimate and romantic lives, as well as in their friendships and family relations. Liberating all these relations from thousands of years of oppressive traditions requires an actual revolution—overthrowing the system of capitalism-imperialism that rules over us and enforces these oppressive relations, and going on to build a radically new economy and culture in the new revolutionary society. Our goal is a world where people are no longer divided into masters and slaves, oppressors and oppressed, exploiters and exploited—not in the way the society is organized, not in the culture, and not in the bedroom.

So, what exactly does this mean in terms of sex? Read more

END Sexual Enslavement—Don't “Regulate” or Glorify It!
5 Myths of Making the Sex Industry “Friendly” to Women

May 12, 2016

by Sunsara Taylor

The following was provoked by the May 5 NY Times Magazine cover story, “Should Prostitution Be a Crime?”

We don’t need a “choice” between criminalizing women who are used and abused in the sex industry or glorifying and “regulating” this industry that perpetrates—and can only perpetrate—the sexual enslavement, rape, abuse, and dehumanization of millions and millions of women and girls.

We need a whole different world: where women and girls are never again coerced, forced, sold by starving families, or tricked into sexual slavery; where men are no longer socialized to want and feel entitled to sexually exploit, degrade, and brutalize women and girls; and where all relations between all people—including intimate and sexual relations—are based on mutual respect and equality and mutual flourishing, not domination, degradation, desperation or getting over on others.

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Three More Reasons Why This System Cannot Liberate Women and Must Be Overthrown

May 9, 2016

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JustNotSports Video:

A Society Saturated in the Hatred of Women—and the Way Out

May 2, 2016

by Sunsara Taylor

Last month, the website JustNotSports produced a damning video that revealed a taste of the pervasive hatred and harassment against women in sports. In this video, men read out loud just a few of the countless hateful comments that have been directed at Julie DeCaro and Sarah Spain, two female sports reporters. They read these comments directly to these women’s faces and they can barely get through it. You really have to watch the video. Read more

One Week in April... Three Reasons Why Fundamentalist Islamic Jihad Is NOT Radical—and Is DEFINITELY NOT a Real Answer to Oppression

April 18, 2016

The rulers of this capitalist-imperialist system—built on slavery and genocide, operating through vicious exploitation, and perpetuated through unjust wars—declare they bring freedom and progress to the world. They proclaim themselves liberators of women while they enslave half of humanity in a world of sweatshops, forced motherhood (through denial of abortion or other forms of birth control), degrading pornography, and systematic sexual violence and rape. They brand themselves as champions of enlightenment while imposing forced ignorance on the oppressed.

Fundamentalist Islamic jihad poses as an answer to this, one that is lashing back with a vengeance. But look at the reality.

North Carolina's Bathroom Bill:

Persecuting LGBT People Under Cover of "Non-Discrimination"

April 18, 2016

From a member of the Revolution Club:

February 22, 2016, North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte, joined 18 states and over 200 cities and counties in passing an ordinance intended to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people in “places of public accommodation.” The ordinance included a measure that allowed transgendered people to use public restrooms that correspond to the gender with which they identify. Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance was set to go into effect on April 1. Read more

In Response to Trump: Abortion Is NOT Murder!

April 4, 2016

On March 30, Donald Trump said that abortion should be banned and that women who undergo an abortion should face “some form of punishment.” The position of Trump and the whole anti-abortion movement rests on the LIE that abortion is murder. But ABORTION IS NOT MURDER. Read more

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The Oppression of Women in Afghanistan and the Western-Appointed Regime

April 4, 2016

March 28, 2016. A World to Win News Service. It has been a year since the brutal murder of Farkhunda by a mob of men. She was accused of burning the Quran. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Pivotal Abortion Case: Women's Lives at Stake

March 7, 2016

On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the most important abortion case in decades. How the court rules on this case will have life and death implications for millions of women, not just in Texas, but all over the country. Read more

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Standing up for Women's Lives

March 7, 2016

From a reader:
On March 2, passions ran high on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court as about 2,000 people came together to cheer, chant, intently listen, and sometimes break into tears as speaker after speaker spoke to what the court case being argued inside was all about: women’s lives, their aspirations, hopes, and dreams. This was the biggest protest to defend the right to abortion in many, many years. Read more

Abortion Rights Emergency:

Federal Court Ruling Leaves Only ONE Abortion Clinic in Louisiana, Crucial Supreme Court Ruling on March 2

January 29, 2016

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International Women's Day 2016 poster

January 29, 2016

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Colombia: "Put an end to the degradation, dehumanisation and patriarchal subjugation of all women everywhere, and all oppression based on sexual orientation or gender!"

March 21, 2016

March 14, 2016. A World to Win News Service. This text, dated March 8, is from Alborada Comunista, the website of the Revolutionary Communist Group (GCR) of Colombia (acgcr.org). Read more

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"Forging the struggle for women's liberation: Glory to 8 March—International Women's Day"

March 14, 2016

March 7, 2016. A World to Win News Service. Written by “A group of revolutionary communists—Afghanistan.” Read more

Celebrate International Women's Day—March 8, 2016
Unleash the Fury of Women as a Mighty Force for Revolution

January 29, 2016

March 8, International Women’s Day, is a day when people all over the world join together to declare our determination to break the thousand-years-old chains of oppression that bind half of humanity. IWD is a day to call forth the fury of women and unleash it as a mighty force for revolution; a day for all who dream of and yearn for a better world to act on the recognition that you cannot break all the chains except one, that if you are serious about emancipating all of humanity you must include the fight for the full liberation of women. A day of struggle against the many different chains of women’s oppression: from the brutality of Dark Ages patriarchal feudalism and Islamic fundamentalism; to the trafficking of women worldwide; to the “modern-day” chains of Internet pornography and denial of reproductive rights. Read more

From A World to Win News Service:

March 8 International Women's Day: "Organizing women's struggle against gender oppression and exploitation"

March 7, 2016

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6 Resolutions from the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

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An invitation to...Meet the Revolution

February 22, 2016

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Forced motherhood is femaile enslavement!
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Opposing Texas Anti-Abortion Law:
113 Women Lawyers Say They’ve Had an Abortion

February 8, 2016

“To the world, I am an attorney who had an abortion, and, to myself, I am an attorney because I had an abortion.” These are the words from one of the 113 women in the legal profession who are part of an amicus brief in a major case having to do with abortion that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 2. Read more

The Urgent Fight for Abortion Rights and the Revolution Needed to Emancipate Humanity

Michael Slate Interviews Sunsara Taylor

January 12, 2016

On January 8, Michael Slate interviewed Sunsara Taylor about the upcoming mobilizations for abortion rights, the need for massive resistance to defeat the war on women and the urgent need for people to take up the leadership of Bob Avakian and join the fight for a revolution that can emancipate all of humanity. This interview has been edited for publication. Read more

A fetus is not a baby

Zika Virus and Global Inequality: A Deadly Combination

February 22, 2016

The World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency due to what they’ve described as the “explosive” spread of the Zika virus. Over the last year, the virus has been detected in 23 countries in the Americas. As many as four million people could be infected with the virus throughout the hemisphere this year. There is a correlation and possible link between the Zika virus and thousands of birth defects in Latin America. Read more

The Biggest Problem with the Bernie Sanders Campaign for President

August 17, 2015

The Bernie Sanders campaign—like those of every candidate who the ruling class allows to be taken seriously—essentially takes as its starting point stabilizing, strengthening, and ultimately enforcing the whole structure of a world dominated, exploited, and oppressed by the U.S. empire. And telling people that those interests are their interests. And nothing good can come from that. Read more

Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

On "Principled Compromises" and other Crimes Against Humanity

November 12, 2015

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Sunsara Taylor, Merle Hoffman, and Sikivu Hutchinson discuss

The Abortion Rights Emergency—STOP the War On Women!

December 15, 2015

Discussion at Revolution Books, New York City

Sunsara Taylor: Confronting the Abortion Rights Emergency – Fighting for Complete Liberation

December 21, 2015

Transcript of talk by Sunsara Taylor at Revolution Books as part of "The Abortion Rights Emergency—STOP the War on Women" on December 15, 2105. Read more

Unbelievable as it may seem...From Sunsara Taylor

A Call to RevComs and ALL Who Care About Women's Liberation – Get Out this Quote From BA!

December 8, 2015

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Of Continuing Importance

Break ALL the Chains!"Can This System Do Away With, or Do Without, The Oppression of Women?–A Fundamental Question, a Scientific Approach to the Answer"

August 3, 2015

by Bob Avakian

From previously unpublished correspondence, 2014, now published in Break ALL the Chains! Bob Avakian on the Emancipation of Women and the Communist Revolution. Read more

Listen to This! Bob Avakian's “Christianity and Society—The Old Testament and the New Testament, Resistance and Revolution”

November 9, 2015

by Sunsara Taylor

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Women Are Not Bitches, Hos, Incubators, Punching Bags, or Sex Objects! Women Are Full Human Beings!

Updated August 7, 2015

Women are full human beings

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What Is an Abortion and Why Women Must Have the Right to Choose

Life Cannot and Should Not Always Be Preserved

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Readers debate:

Is the RCP wrong about porn?

August 17, 2015

Editors’ note: We received a thoughtful letter from a reader who is “profoundly disturbed and in opposition to the RCP’s positions on pornography,” and asked a team of other readers of Revolution to write a response. We think this is an important discussion and debate, and encourage readers to continue to write on this and other controversial questions. Read the letter and response


Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party Calls Out the LIE that Abortion Is "Black Genocide"

Originally posted January 16, 2015

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January 26, 2016

A Fetus Cannot Feel Pain, but a Woman Denied the Right to Abortion Suffers Intolerable Pain

August 18, 2013

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Over 330 Restrictions on Abortion as of May 2015:

Nothing to Do With “Life,” Everything to Do With the Enslavement of Women

May 25, 2015

Vicious and escalating attacks on women’s access to abortion have reached a new level. So far this year, more than 330 restrictions on abortion have been introduced by 43 states, and as of April 2, over 50 were made into law. Read more

A Fetus is NOT a Baby

August 3, 2015

In the face of the continuing and increasing attacks on the right to abortion, it is vital to tell the scientific truth about abortion. This brochure lays out the truth about what a fetus is and is not, gives some key information about the urgency of the current situation, and lays out what everybody who cares about women's lives and reproductive rights can (and should) do right now. Order from StopPatriarchy@gmail.com or download PDF

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When a Woman Attempts a Coat-Hanger Abortion, It Is the Patriarchal SYSTEM That Is Guilty of Attempted Murder—Against Her!

When a woman attempts a coat-hanger abortion...

December 14, 2015

by Sunsara Taylor

On December 11, Anna Yocca was arrested after rushing to a hospital in Tennessee because she was bleeding so profusely she feared for her health and quite possibly her life. Read more

Behind the Persecution of Anna Yocca: Outrageous and Immoral Restrictions on Abortion in Tennessee

January 4, 2016

It is inconceivable that a woman desperate enough to use a coat hanger in a failed attempt to self-induce an abortion, in order to avoid being forced into motherhood, could  actually be charged with attempted murder and thrown into prison! But that is exactly what is happening in Tennessee right now to Anna Yocca. Read more

The Revolution Club in Tennessee for Anna Yocca Arraignment

December 23, 2015

The Revolution Club, Stop Patriarchy, revolutionaries, and activists came to Mursfresboro, Tennesse to #StandWithAnnaYocca during her arraignment on December 22, 2015 (she is still in jail with a $200,000 bail). We were 14 strong from NYC, Atlanta, and Tennessee. We brought a simple message "When a Woman Attempts a Coat-Hanger Abortion...It is the Patriarchal SYSTEM That Is Guilty of Attempted Murder—Against Her!" Read more

From A World to Win News Service

Honduras: Who killed Berta Cáceres?

March 14, 2016

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Washington, DC, January 22

San Francisco, January 23Washington, DC & San Francisco:

Defiant Confrontations at Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 25, 2016

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There Must Be a Defiant, Mass Outpouring for Abortion Rights This Roe v. Wade Anniversary, January 22, 2016

November 9, 2015

In this article, Sunsara Taylor gets into the context of the abortion rights protests being called for January 22-23, 2016 and the crucial importance of those actions. January 22 marks the anniversary of the 1974 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide—for the first time, women could decide for themselves whether and when they wanted to give birth to children. Read more

Confront the Woman-Haters in DC and San Francisco, January 22 and 23

Forced Motherhood = Female Enslavement: Abortion on Demand Without Apology

January 18, 2016

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Call to Action: Roe 2016

January 19, 2016

On the Death of Scalia

February 15, 2016

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Madeleine Albright and "Special Places in Hell"

February 15, 2016

by Mary Lou Greenberg. Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State under Bill Clinton, says that women should vote for Hillary Clinton, and that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” I have a thought on this, Madeleine. Read more

Check it Out: Mustang

February 15, 2016

Mustang is a beautiful and deeply moving film about the irrepressible spirit of five young sisters coming of age in modern-day rural Turkey and fighting not to be crushed by the heavy weight of tradition’s chains on women. Read more

Interview with Law Professor David Cohen

Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism

January 12, 2016

In December 2015, Sunsara Taylor interviewed David Cohen about the book he co-authored, Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2015). Cohen is a law professor at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law and gender and the law. Prior to teaching, Cohen was a staff attorney at the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia and litigated cases involving abortion clinic safety, reproductive rights, Title IX, and LGBT family law. Read the interview

To NY Pig Commissioner William Bratton: Stop Putting the Responsibility to Stop Rape and Violence Against Women on Women!

January 12, 2016

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From a Revolution Club Member:

The Veil is NOT a "Form of Power"

January 18, 2016

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From A World to Win News Service:

German Reaction to Assaults on Women: Don't Touch Our Property

January 18, 2016

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Black Woman Dies After Hospital Calls Police and Forces Her Out

January 9, 2016

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“The First Time I Read This Quote from BA I Cried”

A Revolution Club Member Responds to Bob Avakian on the Liberation of Women

December 21, 2015

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Interview with Stop Patriarchy Student Activist

Stand Up to the Woman-Haters on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

December 8, 2015

Revolution: You are wearing bloody pants to school to make a statement and provoke people to act around the assault on abortion rights. So we want to hear all about that. What is the message? What kind of response you’ve gotten? What inspired you or compelled you to do this? And how does this fit into the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade and actions in support of abortion rights on that day? But let’s start with what it is you are doing. Read the interview

Carl Dix Calls on YOU to Stand Up for Women & Calls OUT Patriarchal "Freedom Fighters"

January 18, 2016

From Stop Patriarchy

Stand up for abortion rights!

Stand Up for Abortion Rights!
Counter-Protest the March for "Life"

January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC
January 23, 2016 in San Francisco

Updated January 18, 2016

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WBAI Special Programming, aired 12/29/15:

“Confronting the Abortion Rights Emergency - Defeating the War on Women”

December 29, 2015

Host & Producer: 
Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper and initiator of StopPatriarchy.org

Including the voices of:
» Merle Hoffman, Founder and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center, abortion provider, author and activist for over 40 years
» David Cohen, author of the book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism
» Activists from StopPatriarchy.org and Revolution Clubs around the country

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The Myth of Mother Teresa:
Pope Francis Puts an Enemy of Women and the Poor on the Road to Sainthood

January 12, 2016

The pope’s official designation of Mother Teresa’s official “sainthood” isn’t expected to come until September 2016. But for the Catholic hierarchy, from the Vatican on down, Mother Teresa has been a “saint” for decades. Read more

The Pope says priests should forgive women who have had an abortion. Foregiveness? For what?
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