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When and where was the first "Take Back the Night March"?

According to The Readers' Companion to U.S. Women's History (edited by Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Maryssa Navarro, Barbara Smith and Gloria Steinem):

"The slogan Take Back the Night was first used in 1978 as a theme for a national protest march in San Francisco. The march took place at night following the first feminist conference on pornography...Over 10,000 people marched down residential streets and in the area where strip joints, peep shows, pornography theaters, massage parlors, and brothels lined the streets....The slogan has become a symbolic statement of women's commitment to stopping not just pornography but also all violences against women...Until Take Back the Night, only two sides to the pornography issue existed: the conservative approach that pornography is immoral because it exposes the human body; and the liberal approach that pornography is just another aspect of human sexuality. A third and feminist perspective holds that pornography is part of cultural ideology that promotes and condones violent crimes against women." -- by Laura Lederer


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