Disarm Rapists: Smash Sexism.

WARRIOR Betsy (1971.])


Original poster (560 x 433mm). Black border and text, central drawing signed by Betsy Warrior (some minor creasing, small flake missing from right edge, otherwise a very good copy).

Np. [Boston], N.p., N.d. [but circa

Betsy Warrior was a founding member of the Boston area women’s liberation group Cell 16, best-known for pioneering the practice of martial arts for self-defence in the women's liberation movement. The group also advocated for broader issues, such as equal pay, childcare, reproductive rights, and economic justice, earning a reputation as 'the quintessential radical women’s liberation group’ (Echols, Daring to be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975, p. 158).

Warrior's graphic design for the poster 'Disarm Rapists: Smash Sexism' became a popular motif in anti-rape circles, evoking one of the key themes of activism from this period - that sexual violence is inextricably linked to patriarchal power and women's oppression. The image also appeared in Cell 16's journal, No More Fun & Games: A Journal of Female Liberation (Issue 5, July, 1971), accompanying an article on Tae Kwon Do. 

Beyond 'Disarm Rapists: Smash Sexism', Warrior designed other notable posters, including 'Strike While the Iron is Hot: Wages for Housework' and 'For Shelter and Beyond', as well as authoring several books in sociology, politics, and economics, such as Housework: Slavery or a Labor of Love (1969), The Source of Leisure Time (1969), and Working on Wife Abuse (1975). Warrior was also heavily involved in the Cambridge Women’s Center, formed in 1972.

Institutionally scarce: OCLC list only one copy, held at the Labadie Collection, University of Michigan.

Stock Code: 216920

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