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FORCE is an art and activist effort. We are making a monument to survivors of rape & abuse- a GIANT picnic blanket on the National Mall
FORCE is an art and activist effort. We are making a monument to survivors of rape & abuse- a GIANT picnic blanket on the National Mall
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The Monument Project is a call to create a national monument to survivors of rape and abuse. We believe our country needs public and supportive spaces for survivors to heal. We see the monument as a necessary symbol for Americans to imagine a day without rape.

As an art and activist campaign, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is installing temporary monuments on the national mall. For next summer we are planning our largest action to date: The Monument Quilt. The Monument Quilt will be a GIANT quilt made of survivors’ stories and covering the entire lawn on the national mall. 

A preview of what the quilt will look like on the National Mall.
A preview of what the quilt will look like on the National Mall.

 The quilt will also be a GIANT Picnic Blanket that will invite the public to sit, eat and talk. For one weekend, our picnic will occupy the mall, like the historic installations of the AIDS quilt. The installation will create a public and highly visible cultural space in which survivors’ stories are honored and respected instead of silenced and shamed. The Monument Quilt and picnic conversations will create the public understanding that will make a permanent monument possible. 

Currently, we are collecting stories at themonumentproject.org. Check back this summer to see an online version of the quilt begin to grow. You can participate by sharing a story that speaks to the burden of shame that is placed on survivors of rape and abuse, and the need for a public monument. Email it to upsettingrapeculture@gmail.com with the subject line "My Story," and a color that you would choose to represent your words.

Read more about the need for a monument to survivors here.

Our guest post on Everyday Feminism is here.

Listen to an interview on NPR's Maryland Morning here.

A write up on the Daily Beast is here.

Help to make a change from a culture that blames survivors to one that supports and uplifts them.

And, check out the amazing prizes that you can get when you give!

Get a temporary tattoo like this one when you give just $5!
Get a temporary tattoo like this one when you give just $5!
A custom wrapped condom will accompany your consent tattoo for a $10 gift
A custom wrapped condom will accompany your consent tattoo for a $10 gift
For $25, you can own a pair of consent themed panties!
For $25, you can own a pair of consent themed panties!
A LOVE CONSENT thong is yours for a $30 gift
A LOVE CONSENT thong is yours for a $30 gift
Pillow talk! Get consensual in bed
Pillow talk! Get consensual in bed

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an art activist effort to upset the dominant culture of rape and promote a counter-culture of consent. We believe that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in America to face the realities of sexual violence, and we envision a world where sex is empowering and pleasurable rather than coercive and violent. To promote this needed conversation, we create art actions to generate media attention and get millions of people talking. According to the Huffington Post, “Force is doing a good and creative job with a hard-to-digest topic, capturing the public imagination with their tactics.”

We sparked a consent revolution with millions of people talking about consent on the internet when we pretended that Victoria's Secret was releasing a line of consent-themed, anti-rape panties
We sparked a consent revolution with millions of people talking about consent on the internet when we pretended that Victoria's Secret was releasing a line of consent-themed, anti-rape panties

You might know of FORCE from our “PINK loves CONSENT” prank in which we pretended to be Victoria’s Secret promoting anti-rape consent-themed slogans on panties and thongs. FORCE is also known for projecting “RAPE is RAPE” onto the US Capitol Building and floating a GIANT poem in the national reflecting pool as a temporary monument to survivors of rape and abuse.

On the eve of the last presidential debate in 2012, we projected Rape Is Rape onto the US Capital building. The stories fell outside of the definition of “forcible rape” and illuminate what is missing from the national conversation on the politics of rape
On the eve of the last presidential debate in 2012, we projected Rape Is Rape onto the US Capital building. The stories fell outside of the definition of “forcible rape” and illuminate what is missing from the national conversation on the politics of rape

Risks and challenges

FORCE is a small organization with a big message and a big impact. We’re always excited to spark large-scale conversation, but it does mean we’ll be working 24/7 to respond and promote the conversation on social media, in reviews, and in person.

We are artists and activists, and our role is to produce platforms for conversation, generate a media buzz, and move the public consciousness. During the excitement generated by a new action, we do our best to remain true to that identity. We’re not politicians and we’re not lobbyists. So we are already in the process of finding partners to do the organizing and lobbying, and establishing relationships across the public sector, with non-profits, and with political organizations. Though one of our primary tasks is creating conversation, we need many voices joining ours to create real cultural change.

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  • It has been so gratifying to receive so many messages, all asking about ways to help this project move forward! Obviously we will need tons of help to make this quilt a reality, from fundraising to awareness-raising to conversation-hosting to the actual quilting and creation of the project. Please like us on Facebook-- https://www.facebook.com/upsettingrapeculture --where we post all of our activities, and invitations to events we're hosting or attending. You can keep an eye there in upcoming weeks as we post requests for volunteers. We will also be posting about the Community Conversations we're organizing for the Monument Project (which are, so far, in Baltimore, DC, and NYC, and more to come!). If you're a student, an artist, a computer whiz, a parent, a survivor, an advocate, an educator, or just somebody interested in seeing the monument succeed-- there is a place for you in our project, and we look forward to working with you.

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  • FORCE does post events we host or attend on our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/upsettingrapeculture), and we also maintain a listserv of volunteers. If you'd like to receive an email from us whenever we need help with an action, art project, or event, please email volunteers.force@gmail.com with your name, email address, and the ways you would be willing to help us out. (We can always use the help of people who are skilled at web design, graphic design, social media, and networking!)

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    A temporary tattoo and a custom-wrapped condom so you can show your partner how much you love consent.

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    Set of 2 consent stencils- No Means No and Ask First. Make your own t-shirts, stencil consent on your walls, tag your front lawn... the possibilities are endless!

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    A custom designed pillow case to remind you to get consent before you take someone to bed.

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    The most popular LOVE CONSENT slogan now available in boy shorts. Take these cute undies and consent to bed! ACT FAST! Only a limited number are available.

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    "LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX" undies!
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    Ask. Listen. Respect. Men's boxer briefs! Take these undies and consent to bed ;)

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    HEART CONSENT UNDIES! This "Heart Consent" design is the first release of our "Consent is Sexy" panty line. We will be releasing limited edition prints of the popular panties throughout the campaign. ACT FAST! Only a limited number are available.

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    A FORCE t-shirt so you can show everyone that consent is sexy and stylish!

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    A FORCE t-shirt and boxers set so you can be comfortable AND consensual in bed.

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    A limited edition, signed print of FORCE's first temporary monument on the national mall. The image captures a giant poem floating in the reflecting pool that states "I CAN'T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED, BUT NO ONE ELSE REMEMBERS."

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    ACTION PACK! All you need to create your own action to upset rape culture and promote consent! Custom designed and endowed with wisdom from the creators of FORCE and LOVE CONSENT, the ACTION PACK includes stencils (for T's, undies and posters), tattoos, consent condoms, workshop outline, talking points, press tips, and more! Great for campus or feminist groups!

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    Take home a piece of history! For $500, you will get a section of the Monument Quilt, hand-made by FORCE and used during the upcoming historic demonstration on the national mall. Each 4' x 6' section of the Monument Quilt will be an artifact representing the national campaign to build a monument to survivors of rape and abuse.

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    WORKSHOP! Book the founders and creators of FORCE for a full workshop. Participants will think critically about rape culture and do activities to promote consent. Workshop includes artist talk, group discussions, "This is Consent" photo shoot, T-shirt making and poster making. We do workshops at college campuses, community centers, high schools, you name it!

    **US EAST COAST ONLY; please contact us directly if you are not East coast accessible**

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    The FORCE GRAND PRIZE: CREATIVE CONSULTATION! Need help planning an action to shake up rape culture? See the change that needs to happen, but don't know what to do about it? Then Creative Consultation with FORCE is for you! We will help you plot, develop and execute radical interventions in your community. Get exclusive access to the brainiacs behind the LOVE CONSENT culture jam to take your project to the next level.

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