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Beyond Wall Street–Occupying Patriarchy… – The Feminist Wire

Beyond Wall Street–Occupying Patriarchy…

To Occupy Patriarchy is to draw attention to “the far deeper and greater problem of patriarchy which depends in large measure on the exploitation, disempowerment, and subjugation of women,” foundational to institutions such as Wall Street.  Unfortunately, as is too often the case in progressive movements, feminist analyses of the aforementioned is wanting.  Yet:

  • Women make up the overwhelming majority of people living in poverty and do the overwhelming majority of unpaid work on which everyone’s lives depend.
  • Our reproductive rights and agency are continually under siege.
  • The overwhelming number of victims of sexual exploitation and violence are women and this exploitation intensifies under conditions of economic devastation.
  • While these issues impact all women, women of color are far more likely to suffer the consequences of patriarchal domination.

For any real, substantive change for the better to occur, it is critical that issues such as these be  addressed.  It is also crucial that sexist and misogynist behavior occurring at Occupy events, whether by participants,  law enforcement or by the media be called out and addressed.  There must be zero tolerance for that behavior in the movement for economic justice.  We cannot successfully occupy Wall Street without also confronting and addressing the patriarchal system it perpetuates.

Occupy Patriarchy is a project of the Feminist Peace Network, begun and authored by FPN Director Lucinda Marshall and feminist scholar and activist Kathy Miriam.  Please also join them on Facebook and visit them on the web.

16 Comments

  1. Tommy

    October 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I think this is an irrelevant issue that pertains, predominantly, to your attempt at imposing your own, personal agenda. Your attack on men and the perpetual role of the "helpless victim to patriarchy" has absolutely nothing to do with what is going on at Wall street.
    Unless there is a critical, patriarchal threat that is currently being enforced onto women, at Occupy Wall Street, then your feminist views should not even be addressed. Your opinions on dilemmas that women are faced with hold no relevant grounds and need not be mentioned unless it's brought up casually in conversation.
    You are, basically, distorting what's genuinely important, because you are hindered by your own emotional prejudice.
    We need solidarity! NOT! Segregation! Not the imposition of your own political platform. We're all here for the same reason so it would counter-productive to draw the attention away from that. It's the poor versus the rich, and not the women versus men. Unity is crucial to our success at driving the message to the one percent. The feminists will have their day to protest sexism in the work environment, and other areas of their life but today is not that day. We're all in this together so I adjure you to reconsider and focus on one priority at a time.

    Unfortunately, as is too often the case in progressive movements, feminist analyses of the aforementioned is wanting. Yet:

    Women make up the overwhelming majority of people living in poverty and do the overwhelming majority of unpaid work on which everyone’s lives depend.
    Our reproductive rights and agency are continually under siege.
    The overwhelming number of victims of sexual exploitation and violence are women and this exploitation intensifies under conditions of economic devastation.
    While these issues impact all women, women of color are far more likely to suffer the consequences of patriarchal domination.

    • Tommy

      October 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

      woops! I accidentally copied and pasted part of the article starting at "Unfortunately…" Sorry bout that.

  2. Tommy

    October 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I think this is an irrelevant issue that pertains, predominantly, to your attempt at imposing your own, personal agenda. Your attack on men and the perpetual role of the "helpless victim to patriarchy" has absolutely nothing to do with what is going on at Wall street.
    Unless there is a critical, patriarchal threat that is currently being enforced onto women, at Occupy Wall Street, then your feminist views should not even be addressed. Your opinions on dilemmas that women are faced with hold no relevant grounds and need not be mentioned unless it's brought up casually in conversation.
    You are, basically, distorting what's genuinely important, because you are hindered by your own emotional prejudice.
    We need solidarity! NOT! Segregation! Not the imposition of your own political platform. We're all here for the same reason so it would counter-productive to draw the attention away from that. It's the poor versus the rich, and not the women versus men. Unity is crucial to our success at driving the message to the one percent. The feminists will have their day to protest sexism in the work environment, and other areas of their life but today is not that day. We're all in this together so I adjure you to reconsider and focus on one priority at a time.

    Unfortunately, as is too often the case in progressive movements, feminist analyses of the aforementioned is wanting. Yet:

    Women make up the overwhelming majority of people living in poverty and do the overwhelming majority of unpaid work on which everyone’s lives depend.
    Our reproductive rights and agency are continually under siege.
    The overwhelming number of victims of sexual exploitation and violence are women and this exploitation intensifies under conditions of economic devastation.
    While these issues impact all women, women of color are far more likely to suffer the consequences of patriarchal domination.

    • Tommy

      October 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

      woops! I accidentally copied and pasted part of the article starting at "Unfortunately…" Sorry bout that.

  3. Tommy

    October 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I think this is an irrelevant issue that pertains, predominantly, to your attempt at imposing your own, personal agenda. Your attack on men and the perpetual role of the "helpless victim to patriarchy" has absolutely nothing to do with what is going on at Wall street.
    Unless there is a critical, patriarchal threat that is currently being enforced onto women, at Occupy Wall Street, then your feminist views should not even be addressed. Your opinions on dilemmas that women are faced with hold no relevant grounds and need not be mentioned unless it's brought up casually in conversation.
    You are, basically, distorting what's genuinely important, because you are hindered by your own emotional prejudice.
    We need solidarity! NOT! Segregation! Not the imposition of your own political platform. We're all here for the same reason so it would counter-productive to draw the attention away from that. It's the poor versus the rich, and not the women versus men. Unity is crucial to our success at driving the message to the one percent. The feminists will have their day to protest sexism in the work environment, and other areas of their life but today is not that day. We're all in this together so I adjure you to reconsider and focus on one priority at a time.

    Unfortunately, as is too often the case in progressive movements, feminist analyses of the aforementioned is wanting. Yet:

    Women make up the overwhelming majority of people living in poverty and do the overwhelming majority of unpaid work on which everyone’s lives depend.
    Our reproductive rights and agency are continually under siege.
    The overwhelming number of victims of sexual exploitation and violence are women and this exploitation intensifies under conditions of economic devastation.
    While these issues impact all women, women of color are far more likely to suffer the consequences of patriarchal domination.

    • Tommy

      October 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

      woops! I accidentally copied and pasted part of the article starting at "Unfortunately…" Sorry bout that.

  4. Tommy

    October 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I think this is an irrelevant issue that pertains, predominantly, to your attempt at imposing your own, personal agenda. Your attack on men and the perpetual role of the "helpless victim to patriarchy" has absolutely nothing to do with what is going on at Wall street.
    Unless there is a critical, patriarchal threat that is currently being enforced onto women, at Occupy Wall Street, then your feminist views should not even be addressed. Your opinions on dilemmas that women are faced with hold no relevant grounds and need not be mentioned unless it's brought up casually in conversation.
    You are, basically, distorting what's genuinely important, because you are hindered by your own emotional prejudice.
    We need solidarity! NOT! Segregation! Not the imposition of your own political platform. We're all here for the same reason so it would counter-productive to draw the attention away from that. It's the poor versus the rich, and not the women versus men. Unity is crucial to our success at driving the message to the one percent. The feminists will have their day to protest sexism in the work environment, and other areas of their life but today is not that day. We're all in this together so I adjure you to reconsider and focus on one priority at a time.

    Unfortunately, as is too often the case in progressive movements, feminist analyses of the aforementioned is wanting. Yet:

    Women make up the overwhelming majority of people living in poverty and do the overwhelming majority of unpaid work on which everyone’s lives depend.
    Our reproductive rights and agency are continually under siege.
    The overwhelming number of victims of sexual exploitation and violence are women and this exploitation intensifies under conditions of economic devastation.
    While these issues impact all women, women of color are far more likely to suffer the consequences of patriarchal domination.

    • Tommy

      October 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

      woops! I accidentally copied and pasted part of the article starting at "Unfortunately…" Sorry bout that.

  5. JP Gal

    October 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Sigh. As long as there have been women advocating for our rights, there have been men saying now is not the time and there are more important things to focus on. Some women may be willing to wait until we solve every single other problem facing humanity and our planet before we do the hard work of figuring out how to make the world a place that is safe for women and girls, but most of us know that making the world a place that is safe for women and girls is exactly what will save humanity and our beloved Mother Earth. Justice is not divisible. If the Occupy movement fails to embrace this truth, it will fail to bring the complete and lasting change this world so desperately needs.

  6. JP Gal

    October 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Sigh. As long as there have been women advocating for our rights, there have been men saying now is not the time and there are more important things to focus on. Some women may be willing to wait until we solve every single other problem facing humanity and our planet before we do the hard work of figuring out how to make the world a place that is safe for women and girls, but most of us know that making the world a place that is safe for women and girls is exactly what will save humanity and our beloved Mother Earth. Justice is not divisible. If the Occupy movement fails to embrace this truth, it will fail to bring the complete and lasting change this world so desperately needs.

  7. JP Gal

    October 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Sigh. As long as there have been women advocating for our rights, there have been men saying now is not the time and there are more important things to focus on. Some women may be willing to wait until we solve every single other problem facing humanity and our planet before we do the hard work of figuring out how to make the world a place that is safe for women and girls, but most of us know that making the world a place that is safe for women and girls is exactly what will save humanity and our beloved Mother Earth. Justice is not divisible. If the Occupy movement fails to embrace this truth, it will fail to bring the complete and lasting change this world so desperately needs.

  8. JP Gal

    October 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Sigh. As long as there have been women advocating for our rights, there have been men saying now is not the time and there are more important things to focus on. Some women may be willing to wait until we solve every single other problem facing humanity and our planet before we do the hard work of figuring out how to make the world a place that is safe for women and girls, but most of us know that making the world a place that is safe for women and girls is exactly what will save humanity and our beloved Mother Earth. Justice is not divisible. If the Occupy movement fails to embrace this truth, it will fail to bring the complete and lasting change this world so desperately needs.

  9. Womensworkusa

    November 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Issues involving parity are hardly irrelevant, Tommy. It is because women have not been present at the tables where decisions are being made about their health and opportunities that we have the economic crisis we see all around us.

    The "all boys no woman allowed club" has focused on short-term profit, competitiveness, and war. Women's bodies have been under attack, with men attempting to redefine rape and eradicate all forms of birth control. One in five children in the USA lives in poverty. Although women outnumber men in the USA by four million, our lowly representation in 17% in Congress has been a green light to men to disregard them at every turn.

    Any man that thinks we are wrong in asserting that NOW is the time to revamp the dynamics of power is PART OF THE PROBLEM. We want an equal voice in the decisions that effect our lives; in fact, I think it's our inalienable right.

  10. Womensworkusa

    November 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Issues involving parity are hardly irrelevant, Tommy. It is because women have not been present at the tables where decisions are being made about their health and opportunities that we have the economic crisis we see all around us.

    The "all boys no woman allowed club" has focused on short-term profit, competitiveness, and war. Women's bodies have been under attack, with men attempting to redefine rape and eradicate all forms of birth control. One in five children in the USA lives in poverty. Although women outnumber men in the USA by four million, our lowly representation in 17% in Congress has been a green light to men to disregard them at every turn.

    Any man that thinks we are wrong in asserting that NOW is the time to revamp the dynamics of power is PART OF THE PROBLEM. We want an equal voice in the decisions that effect our lives; in fact, I think it's our inalienable right.

  11. Womensworkusa

    November 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Issues involving parity are hardly irrelevant, Tommy. It is because women have not been present at the tables where decisions are being made about their health and opportunities that we have the economic crisis we see all around us.

    The "all boys no woman allowed club" has focused on short-term profit, competitiveness, and war. Women's bodies have been under attack, with men attempting to redefine rape and eradicate all forms of birth control. One in five children in the USA lives in poverty. Although women outnumber men in the USA by four million, our lowly representation in 17% in Congress has been a green light to men to disregard them at every turn.

    Any man that thinks we are wrong in asserting that NOW is the time to revamp the dynamics of power is PART OF THE PROBLEM. We want an equal voice in the decisions that effect our lives; in fact, I think it's our inalienable right.

  12. Womensworkusa

    November 5, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Issues involving parity are hardly irrelevant, Tommy. It is because women have not been present at the tables where decisions are being made about their health and opportunities that we have the economic crisis we see all around us.

    The "all boys no woman allowed club" has focused on short-term profit, competitiveness, and war. Women's bodies have been under attack, with men attempting to redefine rape and eradicate all forms of birth control. One in five children in the USA lives in poverty. Although women outnumber men in the USA by four million, our lowly representation in 17% in Congress has been a green light to men to disregard them at every turn.

    Any man that thinks we are wrong in asserting that NOW is the time to revamp the dynamics of power is PART OF THE PROBLEM. We want an equal voice in the decisions that effect our lives; in fact, I think it's our inalienable right.