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my body, my rules: a case for rape and domestic violence survivors becoming workplace organizers

December 9, 2011

This emotionally raw yet well-written article/essay has been making the rounds pretty quickly on the interwebs, and I can see why:

My body, my rules: a case for rape and domestic violence survivors becoming workplace organizers

It presents an interesting (and horrifying) perspective on the unequal social relations created by a system where one class of people is forced to sell their labour in order to survive while another thrives by exploiting that labour; as well as powerful a reminder that the right to organize is one of the few tools workers have to shift the (in my opinion, unfair) balance of power in their favour.

The main lesson I take from it, however, is that we shouldn’t let the proverbial (or even literal) ‘pizza party’ make us forget where our strength lies, or pacify our struggle for workplace democracy.

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