Ever since the Women’s March imploded under leadership controversies, angry woke white women have been waiting for their marching orders. An army of privileged unhappy neurotic women with an endless amount of spare time and a desire to give meaning to their boring lives has once again been organized and unleashed on the public.
They are fighting in what they believe is a new war on women. Their recruiters and the media have deliberately created confusion regarding the Supreme Court decision that overturned the 1973 case Roe v. Wade, leaving the question of abortion’s legality to the states. Many protesters believe that abortion has been outlawed completely and that rights to contraception and same-sex marriage may be next. Their impaired capacity for critical thinking, longing to be part of an oppressed class, and insatiable need for attention makes them especially gullible for misinformation and recruitment into a variety of abortion rights groups.
Like different battalions in an army, each pro-abortion activist group has its own distinctive symbols, names, and uniforms. Woke feminists love symbolism, especially if they can wear it. Which is why they are thrilled that the Women’s March is back with new colors and accessories to vent their hatred. They replaced pink pussy hats and annual Trump hatefests with green bandanas and a “Summer of Rage” to fight for abortion rights. The Women’s March’s recent campaign was called “F–k the Fourth,” reminding us once again of their preference for profanity and their potty mouths. Organized under the hashtag #F–ktheFourth, women were instructed to wear green instead of red, white, and blue while protesting at courthouses on Independence Day.
Green has become the official color for abortion rights and the green bandana has become an international symbol of the fight to keep abortion legal. Similar to other gangs, woke women wear green bandanas to signify affiliation. They also wear green clothing, carry green banners, signs, and flags, and paint body parts green. The green bandana became a symbol of resistance to anti-abortion laws in Argentina and spread to Colombia, and other countries. For two decades green has been worn by millions of women while fighting for abortion rights. Solidarity with the oppressed women of Latin America gave the color green the required cause célèbre status to appeal to the woke women of America.
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights is a national pro-abortion group that organizes nationwide protests and encourages supporters to “Wear & Display #Green4Abortion”and to “disrupt business as usual in churches, sports arenas, and other venues across the country.” The group uses a variety of slogans including: “Overturn Roe? Hell no!” “Forced Motherhood = Female Enslavement,” and “Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!”
Supporters of Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights often wear white pants with fake blood stains around the crotch and dripping down the thighs to symbolize forced birth and forced motherhood. The group organized a rally for teenage girls called “Women Are Not Incubators Youth Procession” to protest at the home of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The young women not only wore the blood-stained pants but also carried life like baby dolls to symbolize forced birth. The protest did not have the desired effect because dead babies are typically associated with pro-life protesters. Frankly, one should know the connotations of their props before marching. Additionally, forced motherhood sounds like the name of a bad stepmother movie. However, If the bloodstained pants crotches were symbolic of the shortage of tampons in the country, now that would be a powerful statement.
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights praised supporters who disrupted church services by stripping down to their underwear during a service and topless protesters who stormed the court at a WNBA game, as courageous, inspirational actions. Topless protests by feminists have been around awhile; the radical feminist activist group “Femen” founded in Ukraine, became internationally known for organizing controversial topless protests against religious institutions and social, national, and international issues. Femen protesters are typically comprised of beautiful, young, tall, slim, small breasted women with slogans painted across their bare chests. Femen has frequently protested for abortion rights including against the recent U.S. ruling. During a counterprotest in Paris, in 2012, Femen members went topless and wore nuns habits in support of gay marriage. Now that was powerful protest symbolism. However, the topless Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights women who disrupted the WNBA game in Brooklyn just did not have the same aesthetic effect. Two hundred-pound, 5’2 middle-aged women who painted their breasts green and wore white blood-stained pants while running across the basketball court looked like a cross between Shrek and the Hulk escaping a lunatic asylum.
Many pro-abortion activists frequently have signs with images of coat hangers or carry actual coat hangers during demonstrations. Coat hangers are a universal symbol of unsafe backstreet abortions because wire coat hangers, a common household item, were one of the methods used for self-induced abortions. Some of the less-informed protesters carry plastic or wooden coat hangers as a symbol of abortion.
Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights organized a National Day of Action on July 4th to demand Nationwide Legal Abortion Now! One poster reads “July Farce When Women Are Not Free, No one is Free” Another poster depicts an American flag in which coat hangers replace the stars, and the red stripes are depicted as blood leaking out of the vaginas of naked pregnant women. The continual use of bloody naked women in their pro-abortion imagery seems excessively violent and is clearly calculated to agitate and incite.
Ruth Sent Us is a radical anti-Catholic pro-abortion activist group named after the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They encourage their supporters to protest at Catholic churches and disrupt masses. They doxed the home addresses of six conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices, called for protests at their private homes and suggested targeting the children of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett with protests. Their Twitter page photo depicts a protester holding a sign that reads, “Now we must be ruthless.”
The de facto uniform of Ruth Sent Us and other pro-abortion activists around the world is ankle-length red robes/cloaks, with white bonnets. The red cloak uniforms are the same costumes worn in Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel-turned TV series The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel is set in a near-future theocratic dictatorship, where the North American population is significantly decreasing. It portrays life under a patriarchal, tyrannical variant of Christianity that imposes severe limits to freedom and women’s rights in an effort to increase fertility rates. Handmaids’ sole function is to have babies and they are forced to bear children for wealthy older couples. The Handmaid’s Tale is chock full of woke symbolism. The clothing, language and iconography from the book and TV series support all their favorite grievances, class, race and gender discrimination, subjugation of women, no reproductive rights, and much more.
Between the red-cloaked handmaids, topless women in nuns’ habits, dead baby dolls, bloody pants, and half-naked green-breasted obese women, the protests are more like a nightmare of apocalyptic, zombie, nuns-ploitation films with scenes from Carrie, It’s Alive, and The Walking Dead.
Most of the privileged, bored women go home and share photos of their day dabbling in politics on social media. However, for some of the younger women, the protests are a type of gateway drug to the next level of activism. They join more militant feminist groups in which protest involves vandalism, arson and more.
Jane’s Revenge is an anarcha-feminist, pro-abortion, extremist network of individuals and groups with ties to Antifa. They have targeted pro-life resource centers, crisis pregnancy centers, and churches in the name of defending abortion rights. Since May 2022 Jane’s Revenge has taken credit for dozens of attacks including firebombing, vandalism, and arson. Graffiti with the phrases “Jane’s Revenge,” “Jane was here” and “Jane Says Revenge” has been spray-painted at crime scenes as signatures of the network. The message “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either,” appears in graffiti at multiple scenes and has become a slogan, message, and threat of the Jane’s Revenge network.
Jane’s Revenge has not explained the origin of the group’s name. One theory is that Jane’s Revenge is a reference to Jane Roe, whose real name is Norma McCorvey, the pregnant plaintiff in the landmark Roe v. Wade case. The second theory is that the group’s name is a tribute to the 1960’s illegal abortion network the “Jane Collective” aka “Jane,” an underground group of activists in Chicago that helped women obtain abortions prior to the Roe v. Wade decision. Jane’s Revenge has threatened domestic terrorist attacks in several “communiqués.” On June 14, 2022, Jane’s Revenge promised to escalate its tactics if pro-life organizations continue operations as usual. They wrote, “and those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti.”
Women who are no longer content to protest peacefully now fancy themselves to be anarchists, freedom fighters and revolutionaries. Disrupting church services evolves into fire-bombing churches, threats against Supreme Court justices become assassination attempts, fake blood becomes real blood, and the spectacle of protest evolves into the spectacle of terrorism.
Dawn Perlmutter is the Director of the Symbol Intelligence Group and one of the leading subject matter experts (SME) in symbols, symbolic anthropological methodologies, semiotics, atypical homicide, and ritualistic crimes. She is the author of Investigating Religious Terrorism and Ritualistic Crimes (CRC Press), several investigation books and numerous textbook, encyclopedia, and journal publications.