Archive for July, 2014

Feminist Pamphlets Shop-dropped at Hobby Lobby Stores Across United States of America

Friday, July 18th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2014 hooby-lobbyshopdrop01 In response to the recent Supreme Court ruling, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the Feminist Archive coordinated a national shop-drop (reverse shop lift) of feminist pamphlets in Hobby Lobby stores across the United States of America. The action took place Friday, July 18, 2014. Feminist tracts were placed in stores in Baltimore, Md., Pittsburgh, Pa., Louisville, Ky., Los Angeles, Calif., Champaign, Ill., Chicago, Ill., Detroit, Mich., Portland, Ore., Boulder, Colo., and Syracuse, N.Y. areas. The curated pamphlets contain edited, historical and contemporary texts by feminists, activists and writers including: Olympe De Gouges, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Margeret Sanger, Emma Goldman, Audre Lorde and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The pamphlets reflect a long history of activism fighting for women’s rights. The earliest text was written by De Gouges during the French Revolution in 1793. Cady Stanton's text, the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, was written in 1848. Gage's text critiques a long history of suppressing women in organized religion. Goldman and Sanger forcefully argue for birth control and the right for women to control their own bodies. Lorde recognizes the role of the erotic as a source of power. Finally, Ginsburg's dissent to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., clearly argues for: the need for accessible contraceptives, the danger of granting corporations the rights of personhood and the lack of precedent of for-profit organizations to impose religious values onto its employees. “Why would you pester Hobby Lobby!?! […],” asks one facebook user. Organizer Joanna Spitzner responds, “We are doing this in Hobby Lobby because they went to court and won rights as a corporation to impose its values over the rights of women. Women should be the only people making decisions about their bodies, regardless of economic class or status, which is what the ACA and the Women’s Health Amendment support—both of which have now been weakened. This is a very important issue in the history and present of feminism.”

Hobby Lobby ShopDrop in Action

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Dissent

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Ruth Bader Ginsburg [June 30, 2014] JUSTICE GINSBURG, with whom JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR joins, and with whom JUSTICE BREYER and JUSTICE KAGAN join as to all but Part III–C–1, dissenting. Booklets: In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs. See ante, at 16–49. Compelling governmental interests in uniform compliance with the law, and disadvantages that religion-based opt outs impose on others, hold no sway, the Court decides, at least when there is a “less restrictive alternative.” And such an alternative, the Court suggests, there always will be whenever, in lieu of tolling an enterprise claiming a religion-based exemption, the government, i.e., the general public, can pick up the tab. See ante, at 41–43.1 […] In the Court’s view, RFRA demands accommodation of a for-profit corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that accommodation may have on third parties who do not share the corporation owners’ religious faith—in these cases, thousands of women employed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga or dependents of persons those corporations employ. Persuaded that Congress enacted RFRA to serve a far less radical purpose, and mindful of the havoc the Court’s judgment can introduce, I dissent. (more…)

The Morality of Birth Control

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Margaret Sanger The Morality of  Birth Control (1921) Margaret Sanger Booklets: delivered 18 November 1921, Park Theatre, NY after the suppression by the New York Police of the Town Hall Meeting, Sunday Evening, November 13th The meeting tonight is a postponement of one which was to have taken place at the Town Hall last Sunday evening. It was to be a culmination of a three day conference, two of which were held at the Hotel Plaza, in discussing the Birth Control subject in its various and manifold aspects. The one issue upon which there seems to be most uncertainty and disagreement exists in the moral side of the subject of Birth Control.  It seemed only natural for us to call together scientists, educators, members of the medical profession and the theologians of all denominations to ask their opinion upon this uncertain and important phase of the controversy. Letters were sent to the most eminent men and women in the world. We asked in this letter, the following questions: (more…)

Hobby Lobby Shop Drop

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Agents needed for a national action!

In response to the recent Supreme court ruling Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., we ask that you shop-drop (reverse shop lift) a stack of tiny pamphlets in your nearest Hobby Lobby on Friday, July 18, 2014

Currently, there are 7 different 8-page booklets, with edited texts by Olympe De Gouges, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Emma Goldman, Margaret Sanger, Audre Lorde, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The texts are available here for you to make your own designs. Suggestions and ideas are welcome and will be posted here! What to do: Contact: Joanna Spitzner: joanna.spitzner[at]gmail[dot]com Booklets
Single Page, 1 sided, folded, 1 cut 2 sided, 2 per page, cut and fold
This layout makes a nice pamphlet with just one cut and some folding. See the section "An 8-sided zine from 1 sheet with 1 cut" about how to make it here: This layout has 2 booklets per sheet of paper, printed on both sides. Print, cut the page vertically and horizontally, place top page onto bottom, fold, and (optionally) staple
 decl_rights8x1page  decl_rights8x2sided
 decl_sentiments8x1page  decl_sentiments8x2sided
 gage8x1page  gage8x2sided
 goldman8x1page  goldman8x2sided
 lorde8x1page  lorde8x2sided
 ginsburg8x1page  ginsburg-8x2sided
sanger8x1page sanger8x2sided

The Uses of the Erotic

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Audre Lorde The Uses of the Erotic 
 The Erotic As Power (1984) 
Audre Lorde

 Booklets: There are many kinds of power, used and unused, acknowledged or otherwise. The erotic is a resource within each of us that lies in a deeply female and spiritual plane, firmly rooted in the power of our unexpressed or unrecognized feeling. In order to perpetuate itself, every oppression must corrupt or distort those various sources of power within the culture of the oppressed that can provide energy for change. For women, this has meant a suppression of the erotic as a considered source of power and information within our lives. We have been taught to suspect this resource, vilified, abused, and devalued within western society. On the one hand, the superficially erotic has been encouraged as a sign of female inferiority; on the other hand, women have been made to suffer and to feel both contemptible and suspect by virtue of its existence.


The Social Aspects of Birth Control

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Emma Goldman The Social Aspects of Birth Control (1916) Emma Goldman Booklets: It has been suggested that to create one genius nature uses all of her resources and takes a hundred years for her difficult task. If that be true, it takes nature even longer to create a great idea. After all, in creating a genius nature concentrates on one personality whereas an idea must eventually become the heritage of the race and must needs be more difficult to mould. It is just one hundred and fifty years ago when a great man conceived a great idea, Robert Thomas Malthus, the father of Birth Control. That it should have taken so long a time for the human race to realize the greatness of that idea, is only one more proof of the sluggishness of the human mind. It is not possible to go into a detailed discussion of the merits of Malthus’ contention, to wit, that the earth is not fertile or rich enough to supply the needs of an excessive race. Certainly if we will look across to the trenches and battlefields of Europe we will find that in a measure his premise was correct. But I feel confident that if Malthus would live to-day he would agree with all social students and revolutionists that if the masses of people continue to be poor and the rich grow ever richer, it is not because the earth is lacking in fertility and richness to supply the need even of an excessive race, but because the earth is monopolized in the hands of the few to the exclusion of the many. (more…)

Woman, Church and State

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Matilda Joslyn Gage WOMAN, CHURCH 
AND STATE: By Matilda Joslyn Gage.[1893] Booklets: CHAPTER II. CELIBACY. While the inferior and secondary position of woman early became an integral portion of Christianity, its fullest efforts are seen in Church teachings regarding marriage. Inasmuch as it was a cardinal doctrine that the fall of Adam took place through his temptation into marriage by Eve, this relation was regarded with holy horror as a continuance of the evil which first brought sin into the world, depriving man of his immortality.1 It is a notable fact that the expected millennium of a thousand years upon earth with its material joys has ever had more attraction for Christians than the eternal spiritual rapture of heaven. Many of the old Fathers taught that “the world is a state of matrimony, but paradise of virginity.”2 To such extent was this doctrine carried it was declared that had it not have been for the fall, God would have found some way outside of this relation for populating the world, consequently marriage was regarded as a condition of peculiar temptation and trial; celibacy as one of especial holiness. (more…)

Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions

 Seneca Falls Convention, 1848 

prepared by  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Booklets: When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course. (more…)

Declaration of the Rights of Woman

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Olympe De Gouges Declaration of the Rights of Woman by Olympe De Gouges, 1791 Booklets: The Rights of Woman Man, are you capable of being just? It is a woman who poses the question; you will not deprive her of that right at least. Tell me, what gives you sovereign empire to oppress my sex? Your strength? Your talents? Observe the Creator in his wisdom; survey in all her grandeur that nature with whom you seem to want to be in harmony, and give me, if you dare, an example of this tyrannical empire. Go back to animals, consult the elements, study plants, finally glance at all the modifications of organic matter, and surrender to the evidence when I offer you the means; search, probe, and distinguish, if you can, the sexes in the administration of nature. Everywhere you will find them mingled; everywhere they cooperate in harmonious togetherness in this immortal masterpiece. (more…)