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"Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street": Really, Bro?

 
 
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So, Steven Greenstreet, who describes himself as a “documentary filmmaker, video producer, 7D owner, comic book reader, sci fi nerd, atheistic troublemaker, and social media mercenary” but who I think is better characterized as a “creepy voyeur who is basically a more mainstream version of that guy who hid in a port-a-potty at a yoga festival” has created the delightful website “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street.” Because that’s totally relevant to the cause, you know? I mean, dudes might not be interested in politics if there aren’t titties involved. Why else would we have the 19th Amendment? Next up: UpSkirtShotsOfOccupyWallStreet.tumblr.com.

He also made a video where he interviews some very astute and attractive young women who actually have Things To Say and were probably under the impression that they were being filmed because someone cared about the words coming out of their mouths. Nope! Here is Steven Greenstreet’s motivation:

A lot of fantastic media has been created about the “Occupy” movement. I was watching one video in particular and commented to a friend, “Wow, seeing all those super smart hot chicks at the protest makes me want to be there.” He replied, “Hmmm… Yeah, let’s go with that.”

We instantly went to Tumblr and made hotchicksofoccupywallstreet.tumblr.com. Our original ideas were admittedly sophomoric: Pics of hot chicks being all protesty, videos of hot chicks beating drums in slow-mo, etc. But when we arrived at Zuccotti Park in New York City, it evolved into something more.

There was a vibrant energy in the air, a warmth of community and family, and the voices we heard were so hopeful and passionate. Pretty faces were making signs, giving speeches, organizing crowds, handing out food, singing, dancing, debating, hugging and marching.

It made me want to pack my bags and pitch a tent on Wall Street. And it’s in the light that we created this video.

And we hope it makes you want to be there too.

“Pitch a tent,” good one bro. (Although I did kind of laugh at the idea that this video was created in the light of his pitched tent. Gross, bro). But he called them “smart” so it’s ok right?

So I know I’m all humorless and feministy about this, and why can’t dudes just enjoy the view at a protest without some lady getting all salty about it? It’s nothing against beautiful women — beautiful women are fantastic! It’s the dipshit fratboy vibe of “Ohhh yeah, let’s go to this protest thing because there are hot chicks there, and then we can make a video where we sound kind of, like, deep, you know? Because we can like talk about community and stuff and how even though these hot chicks got us there, we realized that there’s something, like, important happening, you know dude? I’ll wear my favorite Livestrong bracelet.” It’s the idea that women are at OWS to be oggled by dudes, or to inspire some polo-shirted nitwit to Care About Something More [than titties] (TM). It’s that he’s taking pictures of women without their permission or knowledge and posting them on the internet as masturbatory fodder. The one upside is that the Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street tumblr is like Steven Greenstreet’s very own I’m A Creep bat-signal (he may also be a 9/11 truther? Lots of warning signs here). May he never get laid again.

But it’s also that women at OWS are actually being groped and assaulted by creeps and criminals. There’s obviously quite a bit of tension between protestors and police, leading many protestors to try to handle crime and conflict themselves. To their credit, it sounds like protestors have reported sexual assaults immediately, but there’s a vibe that when it comes to other crimes, protestors should “handle it ourselves and not run to Mom and Dad and tattle.” Many protestors suggest using the force of public opinion to change bad behavior.

So far, the “use force of public opinion and not police” argument hasn’t extended to sexual assault — it’s been about things like stealing (and I’m not exactly the biggest champion of the NYPD’s ability to handle sexual assault accusations well, but I also don’t trust a random group of protestors to do any better). But when you get dude-bros like Steven Greenstreet in the mix who see women as boner-makers and not actual human beings who came out to voice their frustration with corporate America just like everyone else, “public opinion” shifts because the public shifts. It gets easier to brush off the complaints and experiences of boner-makers (especially when those complaints and experiences involve actual boners). I mean, if it’s totally ok to go all voyeur and photograph hot chicks without their consent in order to put them on the internet for other dudes to look at, why get mad at a dude who takes it a step further and gets a little grabby? He’s just pitching his tent at the protest, you know?

 

Feministe / By Jill F

Posted at October 15, 2011, 4:50am