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Wall Street man mimes sex with Fearless Girl statue and proves why we can’t have nice things

  • Here is a charming allegory for what women are up against: A photo has gone viral of a finance bro humping the Fearless Girl statue recently installed on Wall Street as a symbol of female leadership. 

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Sunset and evening commute, New York City

She can stay! (At least until February 2018.)

A statue of a young girl that has been staring down New York City’s iconic Wall Street bull sculpture since the eve of International Women’s Day is not going anywhere — at least for another year.

The four-foot “Fearless Girl” statue was installed in front of the bronze “Charging Bull” in time for International Women’s Day earlier this month as a way of calling attention to the gender pay gap and lack of gender diversity on corporate boards in the financial sector, the Wall-Street firm that installed the popular statue has said.

Now the statue, which depicts a pony-tailed girl in a dress defiantly looking up at the bull, will remain at her post until February 2018, New York politicians announced at a press conference on Monday. It was set to be removed on April 2.

Above: Mayor De Blasio, who is 6′ 5″, poses with the statue as the announcement is made Monday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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anonymous asked:

You do realize that the defiant girl facing the Wall Street bull isn't anti-capitalist imagery but rather a statement about women's roles in the world of finance and capitalism, don't you? She's not fighting a capitalist regime, she is standing up against the men who diminish her abilities and right to be a part of that industry. She's not trying to tear it down--she's fearless about her ability to climb to the top.

The joy of art is that it’s meaning is in the eye of the beholder. 

Just to get a few things straight, the statue was placed by an investment firm. But it was more than just clever marketing, 

The campaign ploy is also backed up by an actual threat from the big money manager, which has nearly $2.5 trillion in investments under management: If directors aren’t making tangible progress toward adding women to their board, they’ll vote their shares against them. (x)

You are right, it is intended to be Capitalistic, but its intention does not mean that is how the message is perceived. We saw a young girl standing up to wall street, you saw capitalist propaganda. But what is interesting about that is that neither of us took into account what the Bull was intended to mean. 

The bull, just like the statue of the young girl, was dropped in that location unexpectedly. While most of us see the bull and think “Wall Street,” it was placed there during the market crash of 1987. The artist said it was to symbolize the strength and power of the American People, not Wall Street.

But somehow that symbol is now widely used to symbolize Wall Street, opposite of the intended meaning. 

My point is, what was intended by the art is irrelevant, what the population perceives that art to mean is important. So, if The People see a young girl standing up to Wall Street, and that empowers them, I’m not going to be mad that it was an investment firm that installed the art in the first place.

- @theliberaltony


I have another example of how this conversation when Art crosses into politics and economics in this way.

This is the statue at the headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission(FTC).

The department charged with preventing businesses from becoming abusive monopolies and where my family has worked for years. The Anti-Capitalist symbolism here is obvious but it was fascinating listening to how people’s differing ideologies shaped what they saw in this sculpture.

Despite what people saw the artistic intent is clear; capitalism is an amoral bucking bronco that the state has to rein in and control in order to make the society more just.

- @delendarius

For those that say “obsessing over economics is stupid right now” remember that Wall St. and the financial industry are fundamentally bigoted institutions and their fraudulence affects black and brown people more than more than white Americans consistently.  And when Trump crashes the economy through deregulation it will hit us all again.