When right-wing thugs assault feminists and destroy our books, it’s an expression of their hatred of women and their need to quash our ideas. When the far left does the same thing – it’s the same thing.
Anti-feminist activists are claiming responsibility for a mob attack and destruction of property at the opening of the Vancouver Women’s Library on February 3, 2017.
A group arrived at the library’s opening celebration and volunteers invited them inside, where they shouted insults at people, barred some from entering, and pushed others. They tore down posters, dumped wine on books, and set off fire alarms, according to witnesses.
Volunteers and participants managed to defuse the situation, and library organizers say they won’t be intimidated into abandoning the project.
Hours after the attack, anonymous individuals at Gays Against Gentrification posted a Facebook ultimatum denouncing the Women’s Library. The letter demands that the library remove books by feminists, ban one of the founders, and engage in “discourse” with the community. If the women’s library does not comply with these and other demands, the letter-writers promise more harassment.
The long, jargon-loaded statement is aimed at intimidating feminists who recognize that prostitution and pornography are forms of violence against women. It shames women who understand that our female biology makes us targets for male abuse, and targets those who seek to organize with others who are oppressed on the same basis.
Shame on them.
Sign the petition to protect feminist books here.
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Some facts about prostitution as male violence against women: