Feminist Call to Action: Occupy Dudeville

by lishra

(Photo by Caroline Shiff)

This is an action alert regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement and its persistent silencing of female and feminist voices. The movement doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon. Help radical feminism infiltrate the occupation.

What You Can Do Online

  • Spread the blog links (see below) on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, everywhere. Share them a bunch of times! The Adbusters homepage has a live Twitter feed from the hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and #OWS. Use the tags liberally!
  • Many of the occupations have their own website with a forum. Post links to radfem blog posts on OWS and links to the pamphlet and fliers. For examples, check out these posts on Occupy Seattle, Occupy Portland, Occupy San Fransisco, and Occupy Los Angeles. Also, feel free to respond to those posts, especially the Occupy Portland one which is rife with anti-feminist crap in the comments. Don’t limit yourself to just posting on your local forum! Here’s a list of all the Occupy locations.
  • Write your own blog post critiquing the misogyny & racism of the (all-to-frequent) white male ‘non-leaders’ of the movement.

What You Can Do On-the-Ground

  • Print off this pamphlet and distribute it to women at your local Occupy. Ask if you can leave some at the information table.
  • Start a women’s/feminist group at your local Occupy. Use the online forums or Facebook page to start organizing. Don’t ask permission from the General Assembly first 😉
  • If you’re in Los Angeles, there is a Women’s Affinity Group that will be meeting TODAY, Saturday the 22nd, at 1 pm.

Links to blog posts on OWS:

Rad Fem Hub“Anarchist Politics Inform Occupy Wall Street”.

Against All Evidence (my blog): “Our ‘Brethren in Struggle’, I Presume?”. . . regarding a number of news stories regarding men at Occupy demonstrations not acting so ‘revolutionary’, ranging from sexual assault to keeping the mic all to themselves.

“WE ARE THE 51%”. . . on the “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street” video.

“Occupy. . . Your Dick!”. . . on the OWS-themed condom that now exists.

Feministe: “Steven Greenstreet proves he’s definitely not a misogynist by making rape jokes.” . . . one of men who made the “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street” video is a total creep in several other ways! Like making rape jokes, stating that “an erection legitimizes everything”, and tracking down photos of a feminist blogger to make pervy comments about her.

Pandagon also has some interesting information to share about Mr. Greenstreet.

Ball Buster: “#occupybaltimore discourages police involvement in sexual assault cases”

The Crawdad Hole: “Dudebro Occupation”. . . more on Occupy Baltimore’s literature discouraging sexual assault victims from reporting it to the police.

I Blame the Patriarchy: “Storytime Korner”. . .  the comment thread is especially good with lots of other women commiserating about how male-focused Occupy is.


Echidne of the Snakes: from Suzie, “Occupying public space”. . .

How revolutionary it would be for feminists to occupy a public space day after day.

Scum-O-Rama: a new graphic, “we are occupy wall street. join us, bitches!”

From complex-brown on Tumblr, “BLACK OUT! At Occupy Philadelphia”:

We had a Black Out! at Occupy Philadelphia. Why?

Saturday,  two sisters were called Niggers by two of the volunteers at Occupy Philadelphia at the cell-phone charging stations.  They were also told to go back to Africa, and that each white man should own a slave. When the sista’s called security, security asked them to leave the premises [. . .]

Many of the people there to support Occupy Philadelphia came to us to tell us that all of us are people and that race is behind us! They told us that we were being divisive. Bullshit.

When we circled up to come up with a constructive way to address the people, we were constantly interrupted by white people who could not respect our safe space. These people said that it was a public space, and we couldn’t have a group that excuded them. [. . .]

As the sister was talking about her experience, there were some members in support, and there were even members who came up to us afterwards to show support. But many of the people were asking us to hurry up, calm down and finish.

From an article in Shakesville’s OWS link roundup:

Facilitators spearheaded a General Assembly proposal to limit the drumming to two hours a day. “The drumming is a major issue which has the potential to get us kicked out,” said Lauren Digion, a leader on the sanitation working group.

… “They’re imposing a structure on the natural flow of music,” said Seth Harper, an 18-year-old from Georgia. “The GA decided to do it … they suppressed people’s opinions. I wanted to do introduce a different proposal, but a big black organizer chick with an Afro said I couldn’t.”

A comic from Hoax Zine, based on actual events at Occupy Baltimore, regarding how un-seriously sexual harassment is taken.

And spread this image around too, if you’d like!

[Update 10/24/11: A new website has just launched – OccupyPatriarchy.org. They’ll be adding a lot more content in the coming days!]

[Update 10/28/11: Occupy Patriarchy has a great new flier up.]

[Update 11/6/11: Ball Buster has a new post up which details the many problems radical feminists have with OWS.)

79 Responses to “Feminist Call to Action: Occupy Dudeville”

  1. thanks lishra!

    check this out from occupy portland forum:

    One of the pages linked to (the 2nd one I think) made reasonable claims that I generally agree with. The first was incoherent. The others were difficult to take seriously for a variety of reasons. But basically because I think the author represents herself as somehow speaking for all women involved in the movement without realizing that many women would likely disagree with her to some degree.

    Maybe I’m wrong–being a “dood” and all–but the overarching point seems to be that women shouldn’t participate in the Occupy movement, or have no hope of being treated fairly if they do, because the movement doesn’t completely exclude everyone male.

    Seems a bit… divisive, no?


    SO MANY things wrong with that statement. he says the HUB brochure is “incoherent.” this is the level of man-telligence we are dealing with here. did anyone at HUB think the brochure was “incoherent”? was anyone confused as to the references to domestic and sexual servitude, whether or not they agreed with it or liked it? bc this dood says he doesnt even UNDERSTAND IT.

    obviously, this is unacceptable. these doods need to be taken all the way down.

  2. ps. love the graphic. 🙂

  3. Thank you! Off to do my bit…

  4. LOL. We’re kind of the sticks to Feministe’s and Pandagon’s carrots. Hey boyz, you can either deal with teh nice feminists or you can deal with us, but women everywhere are waking up to who and what you are.

  5. Hi RadFem Hub! I’ve been reading you pretty much since you started, but I’ve never commented cuz I’m brand-new to the world of radfemness and don’t have much to add. But today I’m feeling the need to de-lurk, just to say that this was posted on Occupy Baltimore’s Facebook page yesterday in response to Baltimore Sun and Jezebel articles that were to the same effect as your links above:

    “The memo in question is NOT official OB policy. It had not been voted on during General Assembly. This was a poorly worded proposal by one person or small group of persons at Occupy Baltimore…it was never approved as policy. Anyone can make a proposal for policy but it must be agreed through consensus through participatory democracy to become Occupy Baltimore policy. On top of that, the source of this distorted and inaccurate news comes from the Baltimore Sun who got it from a specific group of trolls that will and have said anything and everything against those that disagree with their regressive ideas. The weirdest part is these very same trolls had once come down very harshly against women’s rights.”

    I’m not personally in a position to know wtf is going on, but it seems there might be more to the story than has been reported.

  6. And where is trans nation while we’re fighting this fight? On the front lines with us, because they rily, rily care about women and misogyny? Hell no. Trans blogs are silent about the issue; I haven’t seen any of the usual suspects up in arms about this in comments on blogs or other online media, either. And you can bet they aren’t doing anything in person. They don’t want to be in this fight, because they’d have to confront straight men for a change, instead of the easier pickin’s of harassing women. But even more than that, they’d have to actually be in solidarity with icky FAB women, rather than strutting their special snowflake privileges and preening for each other. Prove me wrong boys, prove me wrong.

  7. They don’t want to be in this fight, because they’d have to confront straight men for a change, instead of the easier pickin’s of harassing women.


  8. LOL Noan, so true!
    The ‘twanzfeminism’ thing is so very thin on the ground. Of course they don’t see a problem… they are dudes like the rest of them (ah, but in lippy and heels).

  9. omg the comments on the pandagon article. wow. have i mentioned lately how much i *love* our dood-free space here at the HUB? 🙂


  10. princess rot asks the right question…of course the answer is “because its critical to male supremecy” and its never going to be challenged in a mixed (or fun-fem) space, by definition.

    Why do these kind of discussions in mixed spaces hardly or rarely center around how this effects female realities and shapes the way we are, but always around how much men can get away with before it’s before it’s considered wrong? There’s always some random hypothetical, grey area, line to push, boundary to step over, goal posts to move, semantics to debate. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.


  11. Great graphic and a great post! Thank you.

  12. But, hey! I learned something new from Mr. Neanderthal on the Pandagon thread: apparently women have a button to turn off their singing but not their hotness.

    That’s right ladies, the reason sexism exisists is because we can’t turn off our hotness. Better just stay home if we don’t want to be sexually assaulted!

    We’ve come a long way, babies!!!

  13. That photo up top just says it all — it looks like the Bohemian Grove for leftists. And when you look in the dictionary under “self-important jackass who loves the sound of his own voice,” there should be a little picture of that guy with the beard. Somewhere in the back of his mind, he’s fondly remembering that time in ninth grade when he delivered the St. Crispins’ Day speech from Henry V to a yawning crowd at summer drama camp. Note, too, how most of the other (heavily white) dudebros have adopted the current Not Mainstream (TM) fashion statements. Fifty bucks says they’re all protest junkies who go to every event organized by the local anarchist groups and the Socialist Workers Party.

    Another article on Oakland, if I may:

    h ttp://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/21/BADO1LK9Q2.DTL

    A few choice passages are worth quoting here:

    “Finding a displaced worker among the Occupy Oakland crowd is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. ‘There were unemployed workers in the camp in larger numbers until violence broke out earlier in the week,’ said Thomas, 32, a protester who would give only his first name. ‘Things have changed dramatically this week, and many of the people who were here left because of the violence and fighting,’ he said.”

    What a surprise. Then there’s this:

    “Young men, some with phones clipped to their lapels, and others with large sticks act as security guards in a scene that resembles an updated version of ‘Lord of the Flies.’ City officials have observed some of them practicing in the yard with long sticks, either honing their “security” skills – or perhaps preparing for an inevitable confrontation with police.”

    The comparisons some people have jokingly made between OWS and the more Tea Party are more accurate than they realize. This all about dudes, particularly the kind who sunburn easily, having a hissy fit because they’ve suddenly discovered what it’s like to be pushed to the political and economic margins. Why, it’s almost if someone thought they were just…girls.

  14. Where radfem critiques of OWS/Occupy and critiques of religion intersect:
    “If Moses or Jesus or Mohammed were alive in this day and time they’d be out there guiding and inspiring and teaching these young people [at OWS].” — Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid

    Yes, teaching the men how to bond together excluding women, have only male acolytes, and subjugate women. Oh, wait. They already do that! I guess their work is already done. Imagine that.

  15. “This all about dudes, particularly the kind who sunburn easily,”



  16. These men are just unaccustomed to getting the economic shaft the way women always have been given the shaft, and like Jerry Ruben, it’s all just an act until they can go from hippie to wall street too. All frauds and phonies… that’s the male left for you.

  17. haha! forbes dood links to HUB and quotes me here:


    and he isnt affiliated with forbes, hes just some fucking dood who writes a faux-blog on forbes faux-blog site (like feministing!) ffs. i hate those fake blogging communities. to his credit, he thinks radfems are onto something 🙂 and he took the time to learn our comments policy, and wont be commenting here. he does invite *us* to comment at his place though!

  18. anyone want to try to get a radfem contributor spot on forbes.com? looks like they are accepting pitches from anyone (as long as you are willing to provide a phone number):

    How do I become a contributor?

    We’re always looking for new contributors at Forbes. We don’t take pitches for individual stories, but we welcome ideas for ongoing sites.

    Send us a short email at blogadmin@forbes.com, and please include the following:

    » Concept for your Forbes page (an overall theme and a few story ideas; credibility, knowledge and expertise are key)

    » Links or attachments with samples of your work (we prefer links)

    » Background on you and why you’re an expert on the topic you’re pitching

    » Contact information (email and phone number)

    We’ll take a look, and get back to you.

    We appreciate your interest in Forbes. Come browse around while you’re here…


  19. Interesting, and I notice that men enjoy asking women questions about women’s history, and then being surprised when they don’t know the answer… kind of a derail of the whole point. Enjoyed his bizaar discomfort with the term PIV, but then he later advocated it for situations outside the protest arena. PIV IS the seat of male entitlement to women’s bodies, and that is the point… PIV keeps women traumatized at demos like OWS, and it keeps them bonded to their oppressors in daily life.

    Would be fun for radfem to go Forbes blogging…. 🙂

  20. thats a great point sheila: make fun of women who have been forced to learn through decades of formal and informal education about the MEN of history, while the women were marginalized and ignored, for not knowing as much about the women. fuck him.

  21. Brochure #2

    “Femininity is pro-capitalist. Fuckability is pro-capitalist.” MS Word is here; PDF is here. this brochure is meant to be printed on one page, double-sided and folded once.

  22. Awesome new brochure, FCM!

    I just updated the post at the end to include the link to the brand new Occupy Patriarchy website!


    Check it out, everyone!

  23. I’m still messing around with the fonts. Do not like. I need an online tutorial or something.

    Thanks for the link!

  24. ok i found a wall st font. yay!

    Brochure #2

    “Femininity is pro-capitalist. Fuckability is pro-capitalist.” MS Word is here; PDF is here. this brochure is meant to be printed on one page, double-sided and folded once.

  25. This is all so exciting and the energy is amazing. Nice work linking feminist concerns back to the supposed stated aims of the movement. That photo almost made me cry laughing.

  26. That reddit comment is much more divisive than any criticism by any woman I have had the pleasure to read. Why? Because a sure-fire way to destroy a movement is to silence valid concerns with accusations of divisiveness.

    Give the little white boys the power they so desire and their new slogan will be: “The King is dead, long live the King!”

  27. “…..while there is still much work to be done in the feminist movement (by actual feminists, not by you) this movement is about something much greater than that. This movement is about saving the spirit of humanity itself…”

    Isn’t everything always more important and greater than women? I guess that person means the spirit of huMANity must be saved. Women aren’t half of that equation, they’re just a side issue.

    What’s also so frustrating about comments like that, women are the “spirit of humanity.” We are where the talents of half the human race live. The whole reason the “spirit of humanity” is in trouble is because it has oppressed women and deprived the world of everything we bring to the table.

  28. Their humanism ideals are really precious aren’t they?

  29. And by ideals of course I mean delusional rants.

  30. And LOL @ greater than the interests of half the human race who are all suffering bc of the ways men actively abuse their power daily. Actively, not passively mind you. Of course I am talking about piv.

    If you have to purchase a product to do it, it supports capitalism mkay? And putting the burden on women to deal with that part of it doesn’t get these anti capitalist fakers off the hook. And some of them are buying rubbers too. Hello! Earth to asshats!

  31. The first comment on that thread implied that our critiques of ows are incoherent. LOL. There are a lot of stupid men out there I guess, who literally cannot grasp either simple or complex concepts. No wonder they can’t find jobs!

    But srsly, that just disturbs. It’s not that they disagree, and its not that they don’t like it. According to themselves, they do not comprehend. They need to be removed from all positions of power immediately. Their performance is not satisfactory.

  32. Ps. Pornography is a product. Duh duh duh duh

  33. Thank you so much for the excellent reporting on this, and for compiling such a great list of articles and resources. I was looking for the one about the two women were called the n-word. Goddess, that’s horrible. It’s amazing that these people are supposed to be politically conscious. Of course I’m not talking about everybody at OWS but the ones who act like asshats. Did you see the picture of the guy with the sign that said “Tits or GTFO”? Insane. And it turns out the guy who made “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street” was making really horrible rape jokes on his FB page. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Very f**king funny, douche. I don’t know what’s up with these guys or why this is tolerated. I’m so glad for the feminists who speaking up about this and shining a light on it. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    I’ll share this article and some of the other things you linked on my public FB page:


  34. LMAO @ the picture of the guy in the Guy Fawkes mask! I’m sharing that one too! Yeah, *there’s* a guy that most people don’t understand the true history of, no suprise!

  35. These men have no reading comprehension. And have no business saying that it is a “human” movement, because by inference, it means that women who are human don’t have a right to critique womanhatred and threats against women at OWS… so therefore, by silencing women, they are saying that men are human but women aren’t. They have no idea what they are talking about, however, our issue is trying to connect with women. We want this message to go out to as many women as possible, and to wake up the 51%. Just doing that is a full time job. What men think is irrelevant to this task.

    if I’ve learned anything, it is women who are in the deepest denial about what men do to them, and in the greatest need of a liberation message that addresses women’s concerns fully… not as a “human” issue or as a “human rights” (read covert male rights. Just like Gender Studies is about decentering women from the study of women. Same old patriarchal reverse the reversals… they never seem to invent new rhetorical tricks do they?

  36. yes, women who criticize them arent human. women who are enthusiastic fuckdolls for men and handmaidens of the P arent human either of course, but they will be tolerated for their male-pleasing potential. 😦

    agree that what men think about any of this is irrelevant. fuck them.

  37. its *largely* irrelevant, i should say. when dealing with self-important assholes who think they know everything, the fact that they dont even know how to fucking read and cant grasp ideas of a difficulty level of NONE is very telling.

  38. Regarding the Guy Fawkes masks, most people in America really don’t understand anything about that. They just think he was a comic book hero, like in “V is for vengeance.” On the other side of the ocean he was really a Catholic revolutionary that wanted to restore the Catholic throne. The gunpowder plot wasn’t about power to the people, it was about assassinating the king to restore a Catholic monarch. Ironically, Guy Fawkes Day is really a celebration of a failed revolution, gratitude that the king was not killed. They still burn him in effigy sometimes.

  39. i think these brochures could use a footnote or three. anyone want to do some research for the cause? 🙂

  40. FCM: I’m around tonight, maybe I can help? What d’ya need, stats? I’ll help if I can.

  41. thanks julia. emailing you now. mary sunshine is working on this too. 🙂

  42. I am officially grossed out. From Gothamist, “Protesters Having Sex, Losing Virginity At Occupy Wall Street”. The photo used in the article shows (I presume) a man and a woman having sex in the background in the upper right corner. From the article:

    “Outdoor sex has been a topic of discussion at quality-of-life meetings held each afternoon inside Zuccotti Park. Some people have expressed discomfort with sexual activity in their midst, but Andrew Carbon, 26 years old, said protesters generally are loathe to restrict anyone’s behavior.” Carbon explained, “To be controlling someone’s own autonomy is a sensitive issue. It’s a bad image if it’s visible, but policing it is wrong.” […]

    One protester who left his girlfriend behind in California has “shared sleeping bags with… several women” and says, “It’s a natural human thing. It’s part of our support structure. It’s nice to have someone to care about. It’s nice to have someone to hug and kiss.”[…]

    the medic also revealed there are requests for pregnancy tests”

    To recap… You can’t restrict “our” (read: men’s) behavior. So what if some (read: women) have said it makes them uncomfortable? It’s a natural, human [read: dudebro] thing to fuck a bunch of women at a protest and maybe get them pregnant. But don’t worry, babe, I’m totally pro-choice [read: pro my choice to demand PIV without personal consequences]!

  43. the medic also revealed there are requests for pregnancy tests”

    gee, i didnt see that one coming. isnt it great when protesters can really channel all their energy into creating fundamental change and dont have to be distracted by anything? oh wait, thats the MALE protesters who arent being distracted with pregnancy scares!

  44. I keep thinking, if women decide to do something, just us, what would it be?
    We certainly wouldn’t go camp at City Hall. Too dangerous, too exposed to men, too much time spent (wasted) on daily survival and not enough on action.

    Would we call a strike? Any woman who can, do not do not work for men for one day? For one week?
    No cooking, cleaning, ironing, etc etc?
    Of course, if we don’t take care of the children and the older folks, they won’t survive. Make dinner for the family, but not for him 🙂

    Hold back our buying dollars? What does a day w/o women’s hard-earned money look like?

    What are your ideas?

  45. well i think that calling out consumerist mansplaining fauxgressive doodbros wherever they may be is probably the first step…along with refusing to spend our money unless its absolutely necessary *or* supports a female-only business…

  46. FCM, have you seen the latest? http://crayfisher.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/anonymous-gives-advice-to-rape-victims-potential-rape-victims/

    I think you should create a Facebook event for Occupy Dudeville, a call to women to go down and confront this bullsh!t.

  47. Julie, take a page from the Silent Sentinels or from the Triangle Shirt Factory strikes and go anyway, despite the risks, and keep talking or holding signs. Those women took the abuse to show the abuse, and it worked. Organize, make it theater, dress all in white, or pink, or something like that. Women need to present a showing and a showing that says they will not take this crap anymore.

  48. I’ve been asked to speak at Occupy Oakland on Saturday, Nov 12. It’s a brief opportunity for radical feminism. What would you want to say if you were me? What would you want to hear if you were in the audience? I’d love some input.

  49. thats great lierre! let me think on it a bit and i will post something later. what does everyone else think?

  50. Hi, Lierre. That’s great that you’ve been invited to speak. This is just a quick idea, but saying something about the importance of making sure this movement isn’t just a mirror of the larger culture. Melissa on Shakesville today said something to the effect of not letting this simply be a “change in management” regarding patriarchy and such.

  51. Oh, NO. Another one. TRIGGER WARNING. Radfems and allies (?) are needed over there, bad.


  52. Lierre: Reported. Thanx for the heads up.

  53. Oh, my:


    The article at The Daily Cardinal has been removed, as well as a letter from the editor about why it was removed. Cannot seem to get a cached version or screencap either. Gotta keep this quiet, eh? Assholes…

  54. Shared the links on Facebook. Sorry, sisters, I’ve not had much time to comment at the Hub much lately because I’m being very busy with Uni work at the moment…

  55. I’m shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you.

    h ttp://news.yahoo.com/kitchen-volunteers-sex-assault-arrest-shocks-zuccotti-park-215348689.html

    ‘ “He was a genuinely nice guy…he came to get shit done,” kitchen volunteer Beau Sibbing told the news blog. But after two different women reported he had raped one and groped another, his fellow volunteers told him to leave.’

    Of course he was a nice guy (TM). What else?

  56. To Louise: WOW !!

  57. WOW!!, indeed.

    Brava, and thank you.

  58. Awesome, Louise!

  59. OWS could use some radical feminist input here:

    Also, my speech from Occupy Oakland is here:
    I start around 30 minutes.

  60. This article is on The Guardian’s US front page right now: “Occupy Wall Street’s women struggle to make their voices heard”.

    A sample:

    This week marked an important step. On Monday, after a number of women complained of “overly aggressive” men dominating events, OWS has, for the first time, instigated a series of female-led meetings where only women can speak. It was an opportunity for “males to listen and for female marginalised voices to be heard,” Holder said.

    The meeting at Wall Street, attended by around 20 women and 15 unusually silent men, was the first such gathering.

    “There is a high level of awareness to include female voices” said Holder, who said the women-led meeting was voted on and agreed to by men.

    At that point, as if to underline the issue, a commotion broke out as a white man burst into the centre of the female-led circle, demanding to speak, and angrily accusing all around him of sexism and racism.

    Hahaha…. dudes. So good at proving our points!

  61. LOL. That’s a MAAB for you.

  62. And on, and on, and on it goes. Woman stands up to Owies planning a riot in her neighborhood, gets assaulted and called “vulgar epithets regarding [her attackers’] perception of her sexual orientation.”

    h ttp://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/02/BALV1NFKJI.DTL&type=newsbayarea


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