Today Clara Zetkin, Spokesperson for the Feminist Avengers, raged at Amazon selling t-shirts with the slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On Raping” and calls on feminist avengers from around the world to let Amazon know how they feel. Either write a review or phone them. If they do not take the t-shirt that states “KEEP CALM AND RAPE A LOT” then Amazon should be boycotted!”
Ethel MacDonald, Artistic Director for the Feminist Avengers stated: “The Feminist Avengers call for other feminists to tell Amazon that if they do not withdraw this dispicable misogynistic t-shirt then the International Federation of Feminist Avengers will call for a global boycott of Amazon. The Feminist Avengers used amazon reviews previously for the less important issue of pink Bic pens, our reviews became a global phenomeon, a bit of fun about a serious issue about “gender binary!” and the over feminisation of the colour pink but on this product we cannot see this as sexist nonsense but as hatred against women promoting the the serial rape of women and children! We call on all Feminist Avengers to take action
Rani Lakshmibai , International Secretariat of Situationist Internationale stated “the spectacle of belittling rape and sexual assault of women creates a language and a culture that means the violation and abuse of women becomes normal. Women have a human right to consent to have sex. Encouraging rape and especially serial rape by these t-shirts and by Amazon facilitating the peddling of the t-shirts is horrific. The sexual assault and rape of women can never be funny, can never be promoted by fashion and cannot be accepted within our society. We blame the rape culture that has made t-shirts like this acceptable. We ask Amazon to reflect on the fact that rape is violence against women and children!
Helen Crawford, Legal Advisor to Feminist Avengers explained “The United Nations recognises that violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread throughout the globe. It includes rape, domestic violence, harassment at work, abuse in school, female genital mutilation and sexual violence in armed conflicts. It is predominantly inflicted by men. Men’s violence and abuse is a major barrier against women’s equality and liberation. The right of women and girls to live free of violence from men’s violence and abuse is inalienable and fundamental. Women are not commodities to be bought and sold. It is enshrined in international human rights and humanitarian law. There is a pandemic of violence and rape against women and girls; we only ask that women are not violated and humiliated by men’s violence and abuse. Excusing rape as bad manners harms all women and dismisses the fact that rape constitutes inhumane and degrading treatment and torture of women, which is a breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”
“The direct actions of the Feminist Avengers are based on their anger and their struggle for women’s liberation.”
How to make a review – click here you can either give the t-shirt one star or five stars (you can’t give none) and write a review either under your own name or create a new account.
Avengers are found on Twitter @avengerfeminist the hashtag we use is #feministavengers