Support and Spread the Fury Against Sexual Abuse: A talk at REvolution Books in Harlem December 9th, 2017
Revolution Books, a bookstore that is home to books that start revolutions, forces critical thinking and hosts a variety of talks. In the heart of Harlem, one of the revolution bookstore locations hosted a talk on December 5th, 2017, titled “Support and Spread the Fury of Against Sexual Abuse.”
The night began with with Fran Luck, a long-term activist and host of the Joy of Resistance on the WBAI radio, who spoke about how deeply rooted issues of sexual abuse are and how they plague every realm of society. Luck addressed the wide spectrum by discussing about undocumented female farmers who are raped, harassed, and have no voice to speak out while white collar women are only able to climb the corporate ladder by often allowing, and not filing complaints when incidents occur. Women, in every walk of life, experience objectification, and systemic sexual harassment.
Luck noted that one of the many current problems is that once women have spoken out, accused corporations find loopholes to avoid accusations. For instance, two out of every five women, who work for McDonald’s have reported being groped, and sexually violated in the workplace;however, the vast majority of these cases were dropped because McDonald’s pleaded that each entity is an individual franchise, and therefore, it beared no responsibility. This is merely one example of how women lose their voice, and are not represented or genuinely listened to. Similar cases, and the lack of female voices, has long been a historical theme — it is each micro-aggression, each job a woman leaves because of discomfort, each instance of objectification, and each time a woman is valued only for her sexual attributes, rather than her brain, her ability to multi-task, and an understanding that she has fundamental abilities to bring to the table, just like her counterpart —the man.
So why now? Why is now the time for women’s voices to be heard? Why is now the end of their silence? Women being muzzled dates back back to the foundation of the written word, it is documented or rather undocumented in the Bible. It is also documented over the more recent years - that women have laid a better path for each woman that has come after them. The ‘Me Too’ movement, that exponentially took off was largely in correlation with social media’s ability to reach hundreds of thousands of people.
Following and piggy-backing off Luck, Sansara Taylor, a journalistand member of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, spoke. Taylor focused on the notion that while there is a huge necessity to take large key players out of their positions, a larger focus and understanding needs to be occurring on a grassroots level. This isbecause issues regarding women is so deeply pervasive and systemic. Systemic sexual harassment, like many ills that plague society, are learned and passed from generation to generation. Taylor began with telling a story of a four year-old, whom she knew and who cat-called her - merely because it was something he had routinely seen and been exposed to.
The systemic issue of sexual assault always puts the woman as the problem at the forefront. . It has created a set of conditions that perpetuate fear, rather than freedom. Historically rooted, patriarchy stems from the necessity to control - whether it is controlling reproduction or how a woman is perceived. Harassment against women comes in all forms - predation, battery, rape, groping, slavery,molestation, mansplaining and so forth. . But it can end. This can all end. Political participation and pressuring those guilty, to resign from their seats are two ways to elevate women along with supporting those women in your life and being an active voice for change. As Rupi Kaur says, ___________
Now it is time to convince every woman that they are born enough.
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