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Womens Armed Defense Groups
[New York]: Red Women's Detachment, [ca. 1971] - Offset poster measuring 17" x 11" promoting Womens Armed Defense Groups, the clandestine wing of the Maoist Red Women's Detachment's. Beneath an image of militant Chinese women reads Mao's oft-repeated slogan regarding political power growing out of the barrel of a gun. The Red Women's Detachment was mostly comprised of welfare mothers on the Lower East Side, NYC, who organized themselves into three groups: Mao Tse Tung Thought Study Groups (legal), Martial Arts (Self Defense) Collectives (legal-semi-legal), and Women's Armed Defense Groups (clandestine). As a women's liberation group they held some contrary views, such as their opposition to birth control ("genocide in the guise of freedom"), gay liberation ("We don't want men who are fags"), prostitution ("One of the first tasks of the dictatorship of the proletariat is the elimination of prostitution and enforcement of equitable marriage laws favorable to women."), etc. An aberrative group within the already splintered, nascent New Communist Movement, their hardcore Maoist provocation received little support and they were defunct within a few years. They were later neglected by activist Max Elbaum in his less-than-comprehensive, "Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals turn to Lenin, Mao and Che." Three horizontal creases from folding, minor edgewear. We find one copy in WorldCat at Northwestern. Scarce.
      [Bookseller: D. Anthem, Bookseller]
Last Found On: 2018-02-09           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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