Since Judge Aaron Persky’s ridiculously light sentencing of Stanford rapist Brock Turner, Persky has received numerous death threats, celebrities have voiced their solidarity with the victim and witches across the globe have hexed Turner, his father and the Judge. More importantly, the case has sparked a long overdue dialogue about rape culture in the U.S. and on college campuses.
This Wednesday, a secret online society of feminist activists, called GRLCVLT, will be hosting events in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Oakland in order to unseat Judge Persky. The party, simply titled “Fuck Rape Culture,” will include music, free booze, and supplies to “fill out forms to express our dissatisfaction with the judge responsible for passing an unreasonably lenient sentence for the sexual abuse committed by Stanford student Brock Turner.”
GRLCVLT has become an international online feminist community with more than 5,000 members, and groups in L.A., San Diego, Miami, New York and London. A “national secret society who will not stand silently and watch the patriarchy reinforce the values of a society in which the suffering of women is secondary to the advancement of men,” GRLCVLT is an invite-only space for members to share their experiences and discuss feminist activism—or as GRLCVLT New York leader Remy Holwick put it, “everything from what pair of shoes to wear to Tinder horror stories to job opportunities.”
Completely unsearchable online, GRLCVLT groups offer safe spaces in the oft hostile environment of the Internet for women all over the world to express themselves and become part of a sisterhood. Though each group operates independently, they all share a common ethos and provide members with an instant feminist network when traveling to a new city. The women in these groups are consistently engaged in conversation, and they also hold events IRL that are open to non-members, like this week’s “Fuck Rape Culture” party.
The New York party at Brooklyn’s Holyrad Studios will feature music from female-fronted bands and an open bar hosted by Industry City Distilleries, as well as supplies for party-goers to write letters and sign petitions to have Judge Persky permanently removed. “I think people are realizing that if you get angry enough, it’s not hard to get out and do something,” Holwick said. “If you’re just one of a thousand voices, you can find those other 999 voices and put them all together, that’s when real change starts to happen.”
You can RSVP for the party on Facebook, or just show up. We’ll see you there.