Woman-Hating Flier Posted in Dorm:

"Top Ten Ways to Get Away With Rape"

November 25, 2012 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


From a reader in Cleveland:

On October 8, a flier was posted in a men's bathroom in a coed dorm at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio. The flier "Top Ten Ways to Get Away With Rape" spews out horror after horror against women such as "Rape rape rape college boys live it up!", "If a woman's window is unlocked sneak in and rape her to teach her not to do it again," "Practice makes perfect: the more you rape the better you get at it," "If you are afraid she will identify you, slit her throat," and six more of the most misogynist shit you can imagine. After the flier was discovered, Kate Van Fossen, the vice president of a campus women's group, Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault, said, "I honestly cannot stop my tears of rage." And what was the university's response? The student affairs office refused to send out an alert to all students because "it didn't pose an immediate threat." The university called it an "offensive flier" and the students involved might get suspended from school and get sensitivity training. For women and men who stand against oppression on campus it is not just an "offensive flier," it is a flier with words threatening any woman, threatening them with rape or worse. But for a system that upholds the enslavement and degradation of women, the flier is just "offensive" or a "bad joke". No, it's not a fuckin' joke, it's not funny.

Butler County prosecutor Mike Gmoser accepted a guilty plea of disorderly conduct from a student whom he has refused to identify, saying he has been "through enough," calling him the "victim" and accepting up to a $100 fine. Outrageous!—when one in four college women are raped or sexually assaulted. Outrageous when the government is trying to send stop-and-frisk freedom fighters to jail and Noche Diaz, a leader in the movement to end mass incarceration, faces years in jail for standing up for the rights of the people. This leaflet of violence against women, the coverup and acceptance by the powers-that-be are powerful reasons to go all out on November 17 to "Take It to the Streets! Stop the War on Women" to say "We will not accept a world where women are routinely raped, brutalized, humiliated and degraded….We will resist the culture of rape and pornography that equates sex with domination and conquest and treats women as mere objects to be plundered by men."

Send us your comments.

If you like this article, subscribe, donate to and sustain Revolution newspaper.