Tina Dupuy of The Atlantic, having visited eight Occupations in the U.S. and Canada, reports on what can only be called a “gender gap” in the Occupy movement:
During the very first week of the Occupation in LA I noticed that the gender breakdown in its General Assembly (GA) and various committee meetings was roughly the same as the within the U.S. Congress. In other words, about one-fifth of those who were participating in the (small d) democratic part of this Occupy encampment were women. It was the same with the people who slept in the camp.
This is pretty consistent throughout the movement in general.
She notes that this is a point of concern at the camps:
I’m not the only one to notice the Occupy gender gap. This issue is talked about at GAs, I’m told, a lot. Nearly every night at Occupy LA, the question comes up: “What can we do to get more women out here?”
It shouldn’t be a mystery why more women don’t join the movement. R.S McCain delivers the obvious explanation in his post; Shocker: Chicks Don’t Dig Camping Out With a Bunch of Smelly Losers
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.
Tina Dupuy downplays the “alleged rapes” reported in encampments.
One was in Occupy Baltimore during the first week of their encampment. Police said the victim’s claim lacked credibility and dismissed it. Another was at Occupy Philadelphia and is still being investigated by police. One protester was arrested in New York for rape. There’s this volatile mix of those waiting to pounce on anything to discredit Occupy and an open public space where female protesters are sleeping that absolutely anyone can wander into. There have been no reports of men being raped at Occupations.
A quick glance at John Nolte’s #OWS rap sheet, which is by no means exhaustive, would indicate a more significant problem with rapes and sexual assaults. (By the way, there has indeed, been a report of a deaf man being raped at #OWS.)
So, the #Occupy movement is led by scruffy, whiny, white dudes, who look the other way when women are sexually assaulted at their encampments, but are baffled and embarrassed because more women are not a part of their movement.
The Tea Party, on the other hand, is led by fierce, strong willed women, who are looking out for their children’s futures like “Mama Grizzlies”. One poll indicated that 55% of the Tea Party movement is made up of women.
Many of the tea party’s most influential grass-roots and national leaders are women, and a new poll released this week by Quinnipiac University suggests that women might make up a majority of the movement as well.
Generalizations about such a decentralized assortment of local groups are difficult, and the poll’s assistant director, Peter A. Brown, cautioned that its finding that 55 percent of self-identified tea partiers are women has a relatively high margin of error.
But tea party organizers and activists say they’ve seen the influence of women firsthand — personified by the politician most associated with the movement, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the headline speaker Saturday when tea party activists hold a pair of rallies in Nevada, one of them in Searchlight, the home of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
AsPeter Roff In US News Politics wrote back in September of last year:
To the extent that it is run by anyone, the Tea Party movement is–like all great social movements–largely run by women.
Many of the movement’s most important political figures, like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, are women. Many of its important writers, bloggers, and commentators–like S.E. Cupp, Dana Loesch, Kathleen McKinley, and Michelle Moore–are women. And you are more likely than not going to see a woman like Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots, Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express, or FreedomWorks’s Tabitha Hale out front leading rallies, organizing activists, and driving the point home that the American people are fed up with the government in Washington. [See who contributes to Bachmann.]
In point of fact, the number of women holding visible, important, leading roles in the Tea Party movement are too numerous to list here or anywhere. But they are all part of an important social movement, one that filmmakers David Bossie and Stephen K. Bannon examine closely in their sure-to-be-controversial documentary Fire From the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman.
I was privileged to watch at an advance screening of ‘Fire From The Heartland’ at Citizens United headquarters in Washington DC, in September. If you haven’t seen this neat little movie, yet, I strongly recommend you do. The film, with an all-female cast, is the first to tell the story of the awakening of a new generation of women that are at the forefront of today’s re-born conservative movement.
Here’s the trailer:
Conservative women are about self-empowerment. We are not victims. We will not allow ourselves to be victims. We will not allow our children to be victims. Women on the left don’t want to be victims either. That’s why they stay away from the #Occupy camps.
Same take I had on that, but John goes more into depth.
Any conservative group with such a record toward women would be denounced as misogynistic troglodytes. But because OWS is progressive, Dupuy minimizes the problems at the camps as “a couple of alleged rapes.” She spends more time focusing on how women might be better represented in the general assemblies than the actual record of assault and harassment toward women in the camps.