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Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Amber Power

Soho Repertory, April 5–May 22, 2016

FIELD GUIDE FOR FEMINISTS IN A REVOLUTION
This guide is for women who feel that they will soon be engaged in a new revolution to overthrow the soul-crushing social codes that govern their sexual, professional, and familial lives. Drawn from a night of feminist boot camp at Alice Birch's one-act play Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again, this guide is meant as a strategic and tactical aid for the female insurgent. It will provide women with basic instruction in maintaining control of their minds and bodies as they traverse a landscape shaped by the hetero-male will—a will imposed through (among other things): physical intimidation; religious fundamentalism; the clawback of reproductive rights; the rise of bro culture; the stubborn persistence of sexual assault; and, yes, wanton transgression against the ultimate female, Mother Earth.

For quick readability during times of crisis, this guide is structured in three parts—General Strategies, First Aid Kit, and Special Considerations—with all recommendations inspired by Birch's (and director Lileana Blain-Cruz's) face-melting vignettes.

GENERAL STRATEGIES:

FIRST AID KIT:

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

Like other important field manuals before it—like The Feminine MystiqueThe Second SexSister Outsider, and SCUM Manifesto—this guide is meant to evolve over time as its precepts and recommendations are put into practice, and as the dynamics of the revolution itself change. We are grateful to Citizen Birch for her consciousness-raising work—and for her timely call-to-arms. March on, sister.