by Jenny Brown, Iguana Editor Emeritus
The feminist groups National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings have been getting lots of press—as far away as India—for vintage stickers they’re distributing that keep appearing on sexist ads in New York. Women are sick of being bombarded with advertisements that depict women only as sexual objects,” Erin Mahoney of National Women’s Liberation told The Huffington Post. “That use our bodies to sell products. That embolden men to disrespect us. That tell us we are not worthy unless we conform to unrealistic, sexist, racist, and unhealthy beauty standards.”
The campaign has its roots in some Gainesville history: During the founding years of the Women’s Liberation movement in the late 1960s, there was a close collaboration between Gainesville Women’s Liberation and Redstockings. The two groups started working together again in the 1980s to distribute the Redstockings Women’s Liberation Archives for Action.
Photo by Pete Self. Courtesy of National Women’s Liberation (NWL).
Stephanie Seguin (of National Women’s Liberation) testifies as Gainesville activists, led by NWL as part of a national “Week of Action,” put the morning-after pill on the shelf during a feminist flashmob at a local CVS on Friday, May 17th. Seguin told the crowd how much easier the pill is to get in her experience in France and England; over 60 countries currently make the pill available without age or other restrictions.
NWL’s goal is to stir grassroots activism to pressure the Obama Administration to drop its appeal, which is blocking the April 5th federal court order to make the Morning-After Pill fully over-the-counter with no age restriction–just like aspirin. Flashmobs or banner drops were held during the week in a dozen cities across the U.S., in collaboration with Women Organized to Defend and Resist. See www.womensliberation.org.