One of the ongoing battles of feminism has been to debunk the notion that as long as as one woman is included in whatever it is that is being discussed, then problem solved, there is no sexism. It is pervasive and systemic, even on the left. And unfortunately it is also happening within the Occupy movement.
I was reminded of that today when I saw the map of OccupyDC that is in the print edition of today’s Washington Post which shows the names given to the various walkways in the McPherson camp. Gandhi Ave., Che Guevara Ave., Malcolm X Ave., Martin Luther King Ave. and phew–they remembered the women, Angela Davis Ave.
Meanwhile over at Freedom Plaza in what is now known as OccupyWashingtonDC, an Occupied Super Committee for the 99% was held the other day. Panelists included: Kevin Zeese, Andrew Fieldhouse, Carl Conetta, Kenneth Peres, Dean Baker, Gar Alperovitz, and don’t panic, they remembered to include a woman– Margaret Flowers.
In what way is this sort of systemic sexism an alternative to the world we are occupying? I’m not saying either of the above examples were deliberately meant to under-include women, but that doesn’t make it okay and we need to be making sure that this sort of thing is called out and that we are insisting that the sexism of these sorts of occurrences be addressed.