The girl and the bull

15 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

On January 21 of this year, millions of women marched–on Washington DC, on large cities like New York or Los Angeles, and in small towns. They marched in the United States, and they marched around the world. They marched for all women, and for humanity itself.

A few weeks later, a bronze statue of a girl was set in front of the iconic bronze bull on Wall Street. Seemingly fearless, this young, unarmed female stares down a charging bull many times her size.

Immediately, praise was heaped upon the idea and what it purports to symbolize.

Here’s why it’s neither deserving of acclaim, nor representative of women:

Let’s have a little look at this statue for a minute. What we have here is a skinny little girl, normatively dressed for her assumed gender, with her hair in a ponytail. She looks very young, and she does not have anything in her hands, such as a gun, a matador’s cape, or an angry hive of bees — anything that would actually do something about a charging bull.

Her pose dramatically evokes bravery, but the statue, however well meaning, is a bunch of really stupid consciousness-raising — whereas the Day Without a Woman actually got a whole lot of women more deeply aware of the fact that what we do in the world keeps the world going, and that when we stop doing those things the world stops.

And those women and girls would not only be there for a month. Those women and girls would be there in bronze, taking that bull down forever.

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