I have been a supporter of the occupy movement. I still feel its central issues are immensely important and need to be addressed. 
    Increasingly, I’m having difficulty supporting occupy - the protest group. I think it’s in danger of marginalisation, as the loudest and angriest continue to dominate debates and actions. I’ve heard enough and seen enough to find some very uncomfortable issues are at work inside the occupy movement. One that has bothered me for a long while is the role that has been assigned for women. Yes assigned. Become one of the boys, be a counter-culture Margaret Thatcher, get your voice heard. 

     In a recent opinion piece in rabble.ca, Sasha Wiley, does a much better job at explaining this than I. 
 
     I remember my mother, after one of many General Assemblies she
     attended, talking about the libertarian derailers, intent on hijacking, 
     who tried to block any collective action unless it fit within their narrow
     pro-pot agenda … 
     …I remember meeting after meeting where the people who talked the

     loudest and most proceeded to complain about being unheard, when all
     that had really transpired was people not agreeing with them
     (freedom of thought and the right to have people agree with you are
     irreconcilable, so the right to be heard necessarily has to stop there, at
     the right to speak one's mind).
     With hindsight to put the pieces together, a bigger picture emerges. I
     remember who in particular these people were - male, predominantly
     white, alienated and resultantly defensive, and at their absolute worst
     anytime they were confronted by women.

     
    Agree? Disagree? It’s an important discussion to have either way.
     I have other concerns, such as what purpose do “art-jams” (still can’t figure out what the hell that means) at midnight serve or lip service to consensus and all the ‘isms’ or a disinclination to reach out to people who aren’t normally given to protesting. 
     Another time, another debate.
 





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