OWS and the 52%
"I do firmly believe that economic justice is a feminist issue, but I will add one very large caveat: even if we break the chains of the incestuous relationship between Wall Street and Washington, women will still have a long way to go before they even make the same amount of money men do for doing the same jobs…and even if that miracle happens, we’ll STILL have to struggle to be considered equal to men in the law of the land. (Mein Gott in Himmel, TUNISIA includes women in its Constitution, and we don’t!) Thus, economic justice for women means much more than revoking corporate personhood, establishing public-only financing for elections, busting up the big banks, or any of the other laudable goals associated with Occupy Wall Street.
So far, the movement’s outreach to women hasn’t been impressive. Simply put, there has been none…except to those of us who self-identify as liberal, left, or even just as part of the 99%. That low level of awareness of how unfairly our current culture treats women in the economic arena, is simply not appealing to me as an activist. And frankly, it’s rather short-sighted. There are plenty of women who wouldn’t consider themselves anything but centrist, and somehow, they still understand very well that their gender has exposed them to a lifetime of economic inequality. Why shouldn’t the movement benefit from their support?
Also, I was extremely put off by the rapes and violence at Zuccotti Park. I cannot believe how cavalierly these issues were dismissed by almost everyone in the blogosphere. It was utterly appalling...."