Posted on | November 21, 2011 | 47 Comments
“I’m not the only one to notice the Occupy gender gap. . . . Nearly every night at Occupy LA, the question comes up: ‘What can we do to get more women out here?'”
— Tina Dupuy, “The Occupy Movement’s Woman Problem,” The Atlantic
There are probably women who aren’t bothered much by poor hygiene, and there may be women who aren’t bothered by a lack of toilet and bathing facilities. But I think you’ll have a hard time finding women who aren’t bothered by the kind of bad stuff that happens to women when they’re constantly surrounded by a bunch of scummy, predatory cop-haters: Rape, sexual assault, sexual assault, rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, gang rape . . . You get the picture.
The Occupy movement’s seething hostility toward law enforcement is not coincidental to their seething hostility toward capitalism.
The rationale of these protests is fundamentally anti-social, so the protests attract deviant personalities — including drug addicts, psychotics and sexual predators — who aren’t really keen on the whole “obeying the law” trip. And while the simple-minded lefty punks who are leading the protests might not be violent rapists, neither are they the kind of guys that chicks usually like to hang out with.
“Girls just want to have fun,” as Cyndi Lauper famously sang. Camping out in a park with a bunch of unemployed dropout dudes whining about their student loan debt? Not fun.
Throw in the threat of contagious disease, rape and other violence, and it’s kind of a bummer. You can imagine the conversation:
Heather: “Wanna go to the Occupy protest?”
Nicole: “You mean where all those smelly unemployed losers are camping out in the park and chanting about bankers?”
Nicole: “Let’s go shopping at the mall instead.”
The guys at the mall are cuter. And probably have jobs and cars and money. Chicks dig that stuff. Also, hygiene.
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UPDATE II: John at Verum Serum believes women in the Occupy movement are purposefully covering up incidents of sexual assault:
First hand reports (by women) indicate that reporting of assaults is discouraged. One woman at Occupy Wall Street told the New York Post “We don’t tell anyone…We handle it internally. I said too much already.” My own original reporting on the situation at Occupy Baltimore indicated that sexual harassment was a common complaint, but organizers didn’t want word of it leaking to the media. . . .
There’s a reason women aren’t flocking to these tent cities. They aren’t safe. It would be nice if people claiming to be feminists could acknowledge the serious problems rather than glossing over it.