anti war protestors

Jane “bestie of Lily Tomlin for decades - longstanding supporter of feminism - taught dance at age 15 - supported the Black Panthers in the 1970s - breast cancer survivor - critic of oil developments - supported Alcatraz Island in 1969 - protested against the Iraq war - recovering bulimic - mentored the first trans cast of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ in 2004 - helped fund the Indochina Peace Campaign in 1972 - survivor of rape and childhood sexual abuse - opposed the North Dakota pipeline in 2017 - co-founded Women’s Media Center with Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan - works on a show actively promoting healthy female sexuality and masturbation for older women - marched through Ciudad Juárez to urge Mexico to pump resources into investigating hundreds of women’s murders - established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health in 2001 - marched in 2015 to raise awareness about climate change - anti-Vietnam war peace protestor - kissed another woman in a film at the age of 76 - supported Native Americans in 1970 to secure base land that was going to be turned into a park - lost her mother at age 12 to suicide - demonstrated against Israel’s occupation of the Gaza strip in 2002 and is for the two-state solution - still has it at 79 years old - sells merch of her own mugshot - gives exactly zero fucks” Fonda is a fucking badass and is my HERO. She is so much more than leg warmers and fitness videos. 

Her actions aren’t always perfect - no one is completely unproblematic - but her activism and spirit give me hope that we aren’t all completely in the fucking gutter. I will fight you if you come after her.


“Oh my,” she breathed, eyes gleaming as she looked at the other woman. “I love your necklace. Is it a custom piece or just one of a kind?”


March 8th 1970: Hard Hat Riot

On this day in 1970 construction workers in New York City attacked a group of protestors. The latter group, made up of around 1,000 students and others, were anti-war protestors moved to action by the shootings at Kent State University four days before which resulted in the deaths of four protestors. Around two hundred of the so-called ‘hard hats’, who supported President Nixon’s policy in Vietnam, took to the streets in a counter-protest. They were particularly incensed by the mayor’s decision to keep the City Hall flags at half mast in honour of the Kent State victims, a move they considered unpatriotic. Around seventy people were injured in the riot, but only six were arrested in the aftermath. President Nixon didn’t directly endorse the actions of the hard hats, but later was presented with a hard hat by a delegation of union leaders at the White House. The often-forgotten event is frequently buried in the narrative of this period of American history as a time of liberal protests. However the Hard Hat Riot reminds us that there was considerable conservative  opposition to these developments from people like these blue-collar New York workers.

Risk played its part, too, in the massive postwar shift in social attitudes. People, often the young, were prepared to take huge, physical risks to right the wrongs of the pre-war world. The early civil rights and anti-war protestors faced tear gas or worse. In the 1960s, feminists faced social ridicule, media approbation and violent hostility. Now, mirroring the incremental changes seen in technology, social progress all too often finds itself down the blind alleyways of political correctness. Student bodies used to be hotbeds of dissent, even revolution; today’s hyper-conformist youth is more interested in the policing of language and stifling debate when it counters the prevailing wisdom. Forty years ago a burgeoning media allowed dissent to flower. Today’s very different social media seems, despite democratic appearances, to be enforcing a climate of timidity and encouraging groupthink.