Take Back the Night marches are a centerpiece of college and university-based feminist organizing in the contemporary United States. Growing out of 1970s national and transnational activism supporting greater inclusion of women in all aspects of society and seeking greater attention to the violence women face at the hands of family, associates, and strangers, this often annual event combines direct action tactics with support and education.


While U.S. women have long been involved in public protests in support of feminist as well as other goals, the late 1960s and 1970s saw an increase in specifically feminist organizing. One strand of this activism focused on sexual assault and the sexual exploitation of women in the pornography industry. Maria Bevacqua traces the concept of Take Back the Night ...

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