To Be Born Female In a World of Male Domination...

Fan the Flames of The Current Outpouring—Spread this BA Quote Everywhere!

November 27, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper |


Everywhere on this planet... in every sphere of society... among every strata... women and girls are treated as less than human. The recent outpouring of women breaking the silence to challenge the domination, sexual harassment and assault, and other forms of abuse they face in many spheres of society is very positive. It must be supported, and it must spread much farther—reaching down into and involving women in the factories and fields, in the restaurants and hotels, in the prisons and detention centers, in the high schools and colleges, in every walk of life. It must go much deeper—provoking millions to question and dig into the roots of this oppression and degradation, not in “human nature” but in the nature of the system of capitalism-imperialism which now dominates the globe and of all previous class-divided societies. And it must aim even higher—at the creation of a world in which women and girls are never again treated as sex objects, punching bags, breeders of children, or possessions of men in any form through the most thoroughgoing revolution in the history of humanity, a genuine communist revolution that emancipates all of humanity.

As part of uniting with and fanning the flames of this important outpouring and in order to increasingly infuse this with a scientific understanding of the roots of this systemic oppression and its liberating and realistic resolution through an actual revolution, we urge Revolution Clubs and others to spread the following quote from the revolutionary leader, Bob Avakian, far and wide:

Includes "The New Synthesis and the Woman Question: The Emancipation of Women and the Communist Revolution—Further Leaps and Radical Ruptures," Part III of Unresolved Contradictions, Driving Forces for Revolution (2009). (p 18)

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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.

—Bob Avakian, BAsics 1:10

Read this quote aloud and dig into it with groups of friends and with strangers. In the past, revolutionaries have taken this to tables at student cafeterias, read it out loud and provoked deep conversations with groups of people they had never spoken with before. This—and more like it—should go on everywhere people gather. Spread palm-cards of this quote at public programs taking place that are dealing with sexual assault and harassment or with reproductive rights. Take it into immigrant communities and housing projects. Inject the truth concentrated in this quote into conversations everywhere and, as you do, introduce people to the most radical revolutionary alive on the planet today: Bob Avakian. Let people know about the compendium that includes this quote: Break ALL the Chains! Bob Avakian on the Emancipation of Women and the Communist Revolution—share copies of this if you have them, or else open up the link for people on their phones. Use this quote to build for—and then read and distribute it at—the Speak Outs being held by Refuse Fascism against sexual degradation.

Finally, write to us at to let us know what responses you get, what kinds of questions this provokes, and other ideas you have for how we can go even further in breaking the chains, and unleashing the fury of women as a mighty force for revolution.



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