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.00001 Billion Rising: Another Failed Mass Movement

February 17th, 2014 - 11:58 am


One of the main drives behind Eve Ensler’s V-Day movement is to repeat the words “cunt” and “vagina” in public as often as possible. One could spend hours analyzing a. Ensler’s stated reason for doing this, b. Her actual reason for doing this, and c. The unintended consequences of doing this. But that discussion is perhaps for another time. Meanwhile, as part of the strategy, some of the organizers wore “I hella Vaginas” shirts.


The penis-centric “intactivists” continued their recent tradition of piggybacking on any and every San Francisco protest, injecting their off-topic grievance into settings where it isn’t always appreciated. They not only acted like typical aggressive men by physically dominating the protest-space, but they even hijacked the feminist language by characterizing circumcision as “gendered violence.” No fair! This event is about the power of women, and you’re testosteronizing up the place!


At past events, the intactivists got in hot water by displaying messages which could be construed as faintly anti-Jewish, an impression which was confirmed when one of their members released a controversial comic book featuring a villainous rabbi. They retrenched and tried to defuse criticism by tweaking their message, but here at 1 Billion Rising they unveiled a new villain, the Circumcision Octopus representing the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, upon closer inspection…


…the Circumcision Octopus does look distinctly Semitic, possibly Arab (is that a turban?) or Jewish (the big nose and the long tradition of depicting Jewish influence as an octopus). The jury is still out.


There is a great deal of conceptual overlap between 1 Billion Rising and Slutwalk. While the baseline message of both is “Women should not be blamed for being raped,” the vibe of 1 Billion Rising is “How sad; let’s make futile gestures!”, while the vibe of Slutwalk is “Men are all rapists!” Also: you wear normal street clothes to 1 Billion Rising, but you wear provocative “slut” outfits to Slutwalk. Despite all this, not everyone understood the difference, and some young women showed up at 1 Billion Rising wearing last year’s Slutwalk costumes. Except that in this context, they stood out as inappropriately dressed. How embarrassing!


At auditions, someone gets chosen, and everyone else gets rejected. But hierarchy and meritocracy are patriarchal and oppressive. So how can you possibly choose winners and losers at a Vagina Monologues audition? Does everybody get chosen, as a matter of philosophical consistency? Or do you somehow tell a roomful of women that they’re just no good at talking about vaginas?


A group of artist/activists set up some kind of installation involving windows on which people could glue shreds of paper with messages about violence. It was fairly unphotogenic, so I initially ignored it, until I noticed that some of the messages merited dissection…


“My mother was hit. She hit me. I hit her. End the cycle.” This gripping and tragic tale of intergenerational family violence had me on the edge of my seat until the final sentence, which was a command for me (or society in general) to “end the cycle.” Your family story is sad an’ all, but how exactly am I involved, to the extent that I (or anybody else) can intervene and stop the violence? Perhaps you, the person who made the sign, can “end the cycle” by ceasing to beat up your mother. Ever thought of that?


“Justice is an illusive social construct. Illusive for those who are not part of the dominent hegemony.” It always amazes me how people can go to college and memorize all these post-Marxist buzz phrases, and yet still never learn how to spell.

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If they really cared about women's safety, they'd be rallying against the gun control laws in the city where they're standing. Anyone is welcome to provide evidence to the contrary but I'm pretty sure a vastly greater number of rapes have been deterred by handguns in comparison to any form of dancing.
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Why not Korans? Because they're cowardly hypocrites.

Also note that last year's event [http://pjmedia.com/zombie/2013/02/15/1-billion-rising-san-francisco/?singlepage=true] featured a Koran quote directly behind the main speakers.

Yes, they're that crazy.
32 weeks ago
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We tried brining human rights to Afghan women, they kvetched about an oil pipeline over the Hindu Kush.

If they were serious about ending rape, they wouldn't be dancing in the square. They'd be taking women to the gun range.
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Zombie: Help. The situation in San Francisco is deteriorating. We need you to report on the war between anarchists and techies:

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/186440/
25 weeks ago
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When I was a kid the state I lived in (definitely not California) dealt with rapists in kind of a unique way. Upon conviction they were sent to one of the most notorious state prisons in the country. Once they were in the general population somebody tipped off the other inmates that they had a rapist in their midst. Six weeks max and they did the dance of a hundred shivs. Problem solved.
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Of course the real reason for this is to keep the income flowing to Ensler and to keep some sistas employed. Get it into politician's minds that their re-election chances hinge on showing their anti-rape credentials by approving substantial grant awards to various community groups.
30 weeks ago
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I think you need at least two more zeros right of the decimal point in your title.

Otherwise, Zombie you are awesome.
31 weeks ago
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"Global Dance Initiative...Dance away rape, dance away violence, dance away patriarchy."

Sounds like an episode of South Park.
31 weeks ago
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Zombie's photo essay posts are THE BEST!
31 weeks ago
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Patti Lee? is she not the one who rattled off the names of the Flight Crew that bounced on the runway, did she get demoted to field reporter after that instead of anchor? You could have focused on more of the discarded porn, I am doing research. You Go Zombie!
31 weeks ago
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Varium et mutabile femina. Vergil
31 weeks ago
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Dancing? Really?

I thought dancing led to rape!*

*Rape is defined as any physical contact between males and females. Cite Feminism 2014.
31 weeks ago
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Not to appear pendantic, but if, as you say, the high end of the SF attendee list was 400, then it was actually 0.0000004 billion.

Everything the liberal touches becomes some sort of trolling party. The leader of this movement is clearly a self aggrandizing hustler on the order of the best race hustlers out there. What's not to like?
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