I and another woman just got bullied into leaving a Take Back the Night march by student security because we believe female people are a distinct social class with unique experiences and modes of exploitation, and that as a distinct class, female people have the right to organize and meet autonomously. We spoke to no one, my friend is a student (and another survivor) at the University where the march was held, and we simply carried a sign that said “ask us about free women’s self-defense.” We were told we “make the space unsafe” because we participate in women centered and women run self defense. Well let me tell you, there are some people who I sure as hell want to feel unsafe in my presence – rapists and abusers, 99.7% of which are male. They – and the male supremacy they thrive within- are the ones who won tonight.
More details to follow soon. In the meantime please call the Dean of Students office at (541) 346-3216 to let them know that this violation of student rights and suppression of women’s rights has occurred.