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“Men have the power of naming, a great and sublime power. This power of naming enables men to define experience, to articulate boundaries and values, to designate to each thing its realm and qualities, to determine what can and cannot be expressed, to control perception itself.”

-Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women

Over and over again across time and place, women’s voices are silenced, deleted, removed, and erased. We’re harassed, banished, beaten, and threatened. We’re cancelled, interrogated, sacked, and deplatformed.

Yet we persist.

A little over a year ago, June 29th, 2020, r/GenderCritical was banned from Reddit for upholding a single untenable truth: it’s impossible to change sex. Resisting popular dogma (“trans women are women”), we remained a rapidly growing force against gender ideology and the re-imposition of patriarchy’s definition of “woman.” When J.K. Rowling published her controversial essay our numbers swelled as support grew for gender critical thought and women’s right to speak up and challenge the propaganda being sold.

And then, in an instant, the community was gone without warning or notice. No appeal could be made to restore it. We could have walked away, closed our mouths, shut our laptops, and stopped making memes. We could have found other more popular causes or interests, relaxed into dissociated groups, or joined other popular male-run media.

But we didn’t.

Andrea: “Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it. Thought, experienced primarily as language, is permeated by the linguistic and perceptual values developed expressly to subordinate women. Men have defined the parameters of every subject. … whatever contradicts or subverts male naming is defamed out of existence; the power of naming itself, in the male system, is a form of force.”

Within a month of being banned from Reddit we launched Ovarit.com with 18 circles to replace many of the banned gender critical and women-only subreddits...and more. Within six months we had added another 18 circles.

In the past year we’ve invited over 5,700 users who’ve collectively made ~35,000 posts and ~440,000 comments. In support of each other, you’ve given each other more than 5 million upvotes.

Andrea: “As Prometheus stole fire from the gods, so feminists will have to steal the power of naming from men.”

When we are silenced we must speak louder. When we are quieted we must roar. When patriarchy and power conspire to muzzle our messages and suffocate our spirits we will fight back and let them know

We’re OVARIT

This is just the beginning.

> “Men have the power of naming, a great and sublime power. This power of naming enables men to define experience, to articulate boundaries and values, to designate to each thing its realm and qualities, to determine what can and cannot be expressed, to control perception itself.” > > -Andrea Dworkin, *Pornography: Men Possessing Women* > Over and over again across time and place, women’s voices are silenced, deleted, removed, and erased. We’re harassed, banished, beaten, and threatened. We’re cancelled, interrogated, sacked, and deplatformed. **Yet we persist.** A little over a year ago, June 29th, 2020, r/GenderCritical was banned from Reddit for upholding a single untenable truth: *it’s impossible to change sex.* Resisting popular dogma (“trans women are women”), we remained a rapidly growing force against gender ideology and the re-imposition of patriarchy’s definition of “woman.” When J.K. Rowling published [her controversial essay](https://www.jkrowling.com/opinions/j-k-rowling-writes-about-her-reasons-for-speaking-out-on-sex-and-gender-issues/) our numbers swelled as support grew for gender critical thought and women’s right to speak up and challenge the propaganda being sold. And then, in an instant, the community was gone without warning or notice. No appeal could be made to restore it. We could have walked away, closed our mouths, shut our laptops, and stopped making memes. We could have found other more popular causes or interests, relaxed into dissociated groups, or joined other popular male-run media. But we didn’t. > Andrea: “Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it. Thought, experienced primarily as language, is permeated by the linguistic and perceptual values developed expressly to subordinate women. Men have defined the parameters of every subject. … whatever contradicts or subverts male naming is defamed out of existence; the power of naming itself, in the male system, is a form of force.” Within a month of being banned from Reddit we launched [**Ovarit.com**](http://www.ovarit.com) with 18 circles to replace many of the banned gender critical and women-only subreddits...and more. Within six months we had added another 18 circles. In the past year we’ve invited over **5,700 users** who’ve collectively made **~35,000 posts** and **~440,000 comments**. In support of each other, you’ve given each other **more than 5 million upvotes**. > Andrea: “As Prometheus stole fire from the gods, so feminists will have to steal the power of naming from men.” When we are silenced we must speak louder. When we are quieted we must roar. When patriarchy and power conspire to muzzle our messages and suffocate our spirits we will fight back and let them know # We’re **OVARIT** This is just the beginning.

50 comments

[–] flapyourwings 52 points (+52|-0)

Thank you fellow mods and admins for all your hard work! It has been an honor being part of this project with you.

[–] memorandibles 45 points (+45|-0)

GC was banned a couple weeks after my mother died (essentially from complications of misogynistic abuse in her life). I remember the despair I felt on the day, last year. It felt like (perhaps to be dramatic but it was a high-emotion time) women were being squashed and silenced out of existence as anything but objects, and there was nothing we could do about it.

And how much of a cheering godsend this place was, and how grateful/impressed I was and remain to the creators, mods, and admins, and even all the women who participate here. Thank you thank you so much for all your tenacity and hard work. <3

(God I love those Dworkin quotes too!)

[–] sconsolato 20 points (+20|-0)

I'm so so sorry about your mother's passing, and for what she went through. You feelings are not at all dramatic, they are valid and completely understandable.

One for you ♥️ & one for your mum ♥️

[–] Circles 11 points (+11|-0)

I'm sorry about your mom. I'm glad you're here with some other supportive people, though!

[–] Ruby [OP] 10 points (+10|-0)

I'm so sorry about the loss of your mother. ❤️

We must continue speaking out for all the women, including those who are no longer with us. Thank you for joining us here.

[–] haruspex 37 points (+37|-0)

This site has completely replaced reddit for me as my go-to social media platform. Cheers for one year and the hope that more women can peak and ahem transition from that hateful misogynistic site to here at Ovarit <3

[–] VeggieAnnie 27 points (+27|-0)

Happy Birthday, Ovarit! Thank you mods and programmers! This place truly changed my life!

[–] lucretiamott 23 points (+23|-0)

Thank you to everyone who makes this community so special and congrats to all for one great year 🍾

[–] sconsolato 22 points (+22|-0)

I'm not crying, you're crying. 🥲

This was beautiful. Thank you so much to the brave women who created, contribute to, and share this community. I appreciate you all so much for your knowledge and your passion, and for the opportunity to learn and grow.

[–] Turtlefuzz 22 points (+22|-0)

Thank you to all the admin and mods for this amazing space!

Happy birthday Ovarit! 🎂🎉🎂🎉

[–] Luske 21 points (+21|-0)

Happy Anniversary, Ovarit! 🥳 I'm so thankful that we have this site!

[–] drdee 21 points (+21|-0)

This is amazing. You're doing important work. Women's lives have improved because of you.

[–] [Deleted] 20 points (+20|-0)

Wow, Happy Anniversary!!! Such a great achievement and positive step forward pushing back against our erasure. Applause to all you wonderful ladies behind the scenes as well as everyone participating and helping one another here. Such a necessary space.

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