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Misogynistic robots take over the world?

Misogynistic robots at work!

You thought it was the patriarchy that was to blame for t-shirts with slogans “Keep Calm and Rape A Lot” being mass produced in the colours of the rainbow, packaged and then  sold on via Amazon for £14.99.  Well how wrong were you!  It was Cyberbog misogynistic robots!

Be afraid, be very afraid!!

The company, Solid Gold Bomb who produced the t-shirts inciting serial rape here deny that they did it on purpose, they take little responsibility, blame computers and minimise the impact as “ill feeling“. 

Feminist Avengers call to arms!!

Feminist Avengers as soon as we found out that these t-shirts were on sale called out to put as many reviews on Amazon – we had done this as high jinks before with the Pink Bic Pens which went viral in the summer of last year.  It became a global phenomenon see here.  This time using the reviews not to make sarcastic remarks about the “gender binary” and expose the complete nonsense that ladies need big pink pens to assist with their big bubble writing but this time to show that there is a movement against rape culture.  Within 2 hours there were 200 reviews all angry, all letting Amazon know how horrific it was to sell such products and thousands of tweets.  Amazon withdrew the t-shirts and the Solid Gold Bomb were forced to apologise.  A short but sweet social media revolt!!

Here is their “apology”

Thanks for your interest in contacting us. We have been informed of the fact that we were selling an offensive t-shirt primarily in the UK. This has been immediately deleted as it was and had been automatically generated using a scripted computer process running against 100s of thousands of dictionary words.

Any offensive items that are remaining are certainly in the deletion queue and will be removed as soon as the processing is complete. Although we did not in any way deliberately create the offensive t-shirts in question and it was the result of a scripted programming process that was compiled by only one member of our staff, we accept the responsibility of the error and our doing our best to correct the issues at hand.

We’re sorry for the ill feeling this has caused! We’re doing our best here to fix the problem.

Well the Feminist Avengers aren’t sure if we believe this statement because it is implausible and we are well aware there is a rape culture that can be commodified and marketed.Solid Gold Bomb believed there was a market to sell these dispicable t-shirts, what they didn’t realise is that there is a movement out there campaigning against rape culture and misogyny.

But as Sky News point out they are also selling a t-shirt called “Keep Calm and Hit Her” see report here, however given the furore made about the serial rape ones, Amazon removed the domestic abuse t-shirts too see report from Channel 4 news here

The Feminist Avengers have awarded Solod Gold Bomb Fuckwits of the Week and we don’t blame the computers, robots or cyborgs!!  We blame the men that designed, produced and marketed them and youse are banged to fecking rights.  .   

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Feminist Avengers visit George Galloway MP

Today  Ethel MacDonald, Artistic Director for the Feminist Avengers stated: “The Feminist Avengers call for other feminists to tell George that we think his attitude to rape and the sexual abuse of women stinks and invite him to “go fuck himself” and send a courgette through the post to him at his constituency office. Perhaps with a note “Excuse my sexual etiquette, but go fuck yourself, Galloway”. 

Clara Zetkin, Spokesperson for the Feminist Avengers, raged about George Galloway, RESPECT MP when he disrespectively spoke out in support of Saint Julian of Assange, and like many of his supporters, has chosen to present his arguments as a rape apologist!

Ms Zetkin today said “Feminist Avengers are  incredulous  that during Galloway’s the thirty-minute podcast ,  scarily named “Good Night with George Galloway”   stated: “Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100 percent true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don’t constitute rape……at least not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it“.

He goes  on to say ‘Not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion.’  We are raging that he dismisses women’s experiences so lightly. He splits hairs that the word rape is being misappropriated in the St Julian of Assange case. After all, the claims are about inserting one’s penis into a woman’s vagina when she was asleep without a condom on. It is alleged that St Julian of Assange had consensual sex with the woman plus condom earlier on in the evening; therefore according to Mr Galloway and St Julian’s several supporters, this negates any need for consent or condom wearing in the future. Galloway went on to state that St Julian’s alleged behaviour is ” ‘something which can happen’. As a matter of fact, it precisely is not something that can happen without someone doing it! Mr Galloway accuses that using the word rape in the allegations against St Julian of Assange as ‘not rape, or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning’. Mr Galloway’s evangelical belief in and support for St Julian of Assange, and his demeaning of women’s experiences of unwanted, non-consensual sex is completely bankrupt (sic) and harmful to all women”.

“We call on feminist avengers all over to take action against Galloway, and correct his wrong explanation of rape and sexual assault”.

Rani Lakshmibai , International Secretariat of Situationist Internationale stated “the spectacle of belittling rape and sexual assault of women creates a global language and a global culture that means the violation and abuse of women becomes normal. Women have a human right to consent to have sex. “Insertions” into their bodies, without consent – implicit or explicit – constitute rape. George Galloway the British MP has tried to play with words and in doing so has harmed women. We fully support the Feminist Avengers in their action in saying “fuck you, rape apologist”.   

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. It is against women’s human rights to describe rape and sexual assault as poor sexual etiquette”

“The direct actions of the Feminist Avengers are based on their anger and their struggle for women’s liberation. The invitation “to fuck yourself” is indeed only an invitation but also a invitation to be more responsible in deciding to redefine rape as poor manners”

Feminist Avengers took action against comedians performing tin the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh Free Fringe see https://feministavenger.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/feminist-avengers-take-to-the-fringe-2/Feminist

Avengers are found on Twitter @avengerfeminist the hashtag we use is #feministavengers

 

Hello world!

Feminist Avengers are radical feminists taking guerrilla action against sexism, misogyny and rape culture.

Supported by the Situtionists Internationale (Scottish Chapter).

Founded in Scotland  but we urge all women every where who are feminists to take action against patriarchal power.  Sisters of the world unite!

Who are we?  Women!  We are your neighbours, colleagues, family members, partners, the people you sit next to on the bus and the person walking down the street.  We are everywhere and we are angry at everyday sexism, misogyny and rape culture so we are taking action!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smash the patriarchy!!!