New Poster Series Available, “Rape Culture is…”

rapecultureisFrom Anarchist News

This series of ten posters was created in the midst of an ongoing scandal at the University of North Carolina at CHapel Hill, which has recently been plagued by bad press for its role in suppressing information about sexual assault and in its treatment of several students raped on campus. After five students submitted a complaint to the US Department of Education, the Universityin turn threatened to expel via Honor Court one of the five women for creating an “intimidating environment” on campus for her rapist. The administration and Honor Court’s handling of events has resulted in an uproar, with large amounts of bad press, two protests, and a wave of graffiti and wheatpasting on campus.

A week prior to this initial complaint an attack anarchists smashed out five windows of a fraternity house on campus. This was followed with another act of vandalism in February. Discussions around tactics, analysis, and the role of non-students in attacking the rape culture perpetuated by structures at UNC have all been interesting and heated. The posters are not specific to the local situation, however, and we encourage to print and post them everywhere. They can be found here: http://www.mediafire.com/?v11n6uabc80xuo9,lv7yc7gnhg6k4n6,fw61psdvjcrqsn…

and here in a zip file here: https://hotfile.com/dl/197148148/5376849/Archive.zip.html

there are direct links to the pdfs on sprout distro: http://www.sproutdistro.com/2013/03/15/poster-series-rape-culture-is/

15 Comments

  1. sprout

    if folks are still having problems downloading these, there are direct links to the pdfs on our website:

    http://www.sproutdistro.com/2013/03/15/poster-series-rape-culture-is/

    thanks to whoever made these posters!

  2. Rose

    While I understand the anger behind this action, I don’t think that using violence and destruction to fight violence is a good tool. Doesn’t this just further alienate a large portion of the Greek community, a community that is already fairly alienated from the cause? It seems to me that if we really want to change things (whether at fraternities or just at UNC in general), vandalizing property is not the way to go. Vandalism will get us no where in the fight to bring EVERYONE together to end violence on campus — it will only further alienate a large portion of the campus populatio

    1. ncpiececorps

      Just to offer a personal opinion, as an observer rather than someone who did this action, and partly to try to amplify things ive heard from people who ve been raped or fought back against rapists, i dont think the first or foremost goal is to “bring everyone together.” I think the first goal (speaking broadly) is to attack people or structures who are perpetuating our oppression, making us have to live in fear. If people who are constantly harassed or taunted or abused feel like certain structures are oppressing them, such as the Greek system, then attacking that structure is fair game. Certainly it sent a message.

      To speak more personally, I used to live off of Church St. near pantana bobs, and had shit thrown at me and the word “faggot” yelled at me every weekend for a year and a half – i dont see any motivation or feel any need to “come together,” on some John Lennon shit, with those jerks, nor do i see how this would have constituted an effective political strategy, unless you consider getting me jumped by ten dudes a good political strategy. If i had woken up one day and found that place torched to the ground, I would have danced on the ashes. Sorry if that feeling is somehow foreign to your lived experience – consider yourself lucky i guess.

      Back to the less personal – from a historical perspective, in stating that “using violence and destruction to fight violence is not a good tool” youre just laughably wrong. I mean, really – you dont think oppression or exploitation have ever been fought effectively with violence? Ever? Really? You re not a history major, are you? How many dead rapists do you know who continue to commit rape?

      Maybe ill give you the benefit of the doubt, and just assume youre being very very imprecise in using the word “violence” rather than oppression. I say imprecise becuase no one, neither the communique that claimed the original attack, nor necessarily the solidarity protesters, nor certainly not this most recent wave of graffiti, have claimed this is a struggle to “end violence” perse. It is a struggle to end a form of OPPRESSION and exploitation, that being rape culture, which is NOT the exact same thing as “violence” perse (though certainly rape is violent). I’m comfortable with the fact that there will be some violence in the world – a hurricane is violent, birth is violent, death is violent, love can even be “violent” in a positive sense. What i absolutely oppose, and what i assume that i share with our anonymous anarchist friends here, is an opposition to coercion and indignity of oppression and hierarchy and domination, whether its the boss groping the housekeepers on campus or the frat dudes making homophobic threats to queer teenagers walking home from a show. Violence is tangental, though relevant. But the precision is important, because certainly a struggle to end “violence”, whatever that means, is different than a struggle to end domination. In any case, i unabashedly support those who are exploited or fucked over or abused in this society fighting back, and so should you. North Carolina’s maroons were violent, Gabriel Prosser was violent, the Buffalo Soldiers in the Civil War were violent, strikers in High Point in the 30s were violent, riots that happened during the civil rights movement in birmingham and montgomery were violent, Robert F. William’s NAACP chapter in Monroe NC was violent, every rape survivor who lives because he or she fought back was violent, the women prisoners who fought off guards with blocks of concrete to get a laundry where they were being raped by those guards shut down in raleigh in 1975 were violent.

      Violence is the world we live in, it is every wage job you work at because you had no choice, it is every territory that used to be inhabitated by Natives, it is every family member in prison and every magazine that teaches women to be demure and not stand up for themselves. And, thankfully, it is a part of the legacy of struggle against oppression, whether you like it or not, because it has had to be – But people only seem to see it when it goes back UP the hierarchy rather than when it comes down in the form of police, prison, poverty, rape.

      I want a conversation steered in the direction of how such fighting back can be more and more strategic and generalized, not a pluralistic “come together in the name of democracy and peace” sentiment that cuts short any such discussion in the first place. Sure, in a sense rape culture and the culture of patriarchy we live in is something that “everyone” should be involved in challenging. But that doesn’t mean that people won’t pick sides and have to fight it out, that the struggle against patriarchy and all the structures and systems (capitalism, hello?) it relies on will be abolished by a big peaceful conversation. It already has and will continue to involve conflict and violence. Learn to see the violence coming down on us, and learn to support the people fighting back, even if their actions don’t always appear immediately convenient or strategic based on your own (limited) narrative.

      And it IS NOT just about campus – the sooner you students get this idea in your heads, the better. The rest of us who live and work in this city still have to deal with your macho dickhead dudes assaulting us, harassing us, and being assholes to us when we serve them food or live near them. The housekeepers on campus get to deal with threats of rape from managers without ever getting to have the lovey dovey feel good campus community vibe i keep hearing about.

      In short, i’m not convinced that we need to worry about alienating would-be rapist frat boys and honor court judges trying to silence rape survivors. First and foremost a line needs to be drawn in the sand, that says ENOUGH.

      1. x

        I completely agree + this is eloquent and amazing.

    2. Ethan

      Vandalism, as the angry expression of frustrated indignation, calls more administrative attention to how serious people’s reaction to this is. Presumably it also draws more national attention which in its turn adds to pressure on the administration.

    3. texasmanhandle

      As the angry expression of frustrated indignation, vandalism will call more administrative attention to how serious people’s response to this is. It may also get outside attention, which which will put pressure on the administration to respond.

    4. texasmanhandle

      I agree that bringing everyone together is not the goal. (What does that even mean?)

      “fight to bring EVERYONE together” What is a fight to bring people together?

  3. WEbsite

    “A series of ten different posters themed around “Rape Culture is…” have appeared on campus; they are not specific to UNC or Chapel Hill, and can be downloaded here for general distribution.”

    I am unable to download these files. MediaFire gives me an error stating that the account used to upload the files has not been validated. Also, rather than upload 10 seperate files it may be better to throw them all into one .zip file for ease of distribution.

    1. ncpiececorps

      They can also be downloaded from a zip file, based off an anews post, at
      https://hotfile.com/dl/197148148/5376849/Archive.zip.html

  4. prisonbookscollective

    They seem to print out just fine. We didn’t upload them, so if you know how to do that…

  5. Anon Anon

    I saw two campus tours today. It was good to see UNC totally covered with posters that say Intimidate Rapists and Support Survivors and the Rape Culture Is…. series. The tour guide looked stressed.

  6. Tired of liberalism

    Liberals crying about anti-rape poster vandalizing UNC in the student newspaper:
    http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/03/recent-vandalism-perpetuates-violence

  7. Wingnut Anarchist Collective

    I can’t get either of the links to work in a way that lets me download the fliers. Any chance someone could email them to me/the wingnut? would love to print and have available here.

    1. prisonbookscollective

      click on the hotfile link in the comment above, skip the ad, and click on “regular download”. the download will start, then you ll find that it is a zip file. unzip it, we just did it and works fine. good luck!

  8. Anne

    I see the “rape culture” at UNC hasn’t changed. Similar things were going on in the 80’s when I was a student there, especially among athletes in fraternities having bartneders at He’s Not Here putting things in young women’s drinks. When the police protect athletes from presecution like they did back then, vandalism may me the only way to bring attention to the problem. Don’t let them get away with it anymore women. Fight for your rights! The safety of women in Chapel Hill depends on it. No one, no matter how talented or popular should be immune to prosecution for rape.

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