Stacy McCain notes the large gender gap in the occupod movement and comes up with a simple explanation (emphasis mine):
There are probably women who aren’t bothered much by poor hygiene, and there may be women who aren’t bothered by a lack of toilet and bathing facilities. But I think you’ll have a hard time finding women who aren’t bothered by the kind of bad stuff that happens to women when they’re constantly surrounded by a bunch of scummy, predatory cop-haters: Rape, sexual assault, sexual assault, rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, gang rape . . . You get the picture.
He has a point, and Verun Serum elaborates:
Which brings me to the subject of the occupiers stance on snitching. First hand reports (by women) indicate that reporting of assaults is discouraged. One woman at Occupy Wall Street told the New York Post “We don’t tell anyone…We handle it internally. I said too much already.” My own original reporting on the situation at Occupy Baltimore indicated that sexual harassment was a common complaint, but organizers didn’t want word of it leaking to the media. One feminist who recently visited Occupy Edinburgh found it was sexist and reports that women were told not to discuss a rape that allegedly occurred at Occupy Glasgow.
Any conservative group with such a record toward women would be denounced as misogynistic troglodytes. But because OWS is progressive, Dupuy minimizes the problems at the camps as “a couple of alleged rapes.” She spends more time focusing on how women might be better represented in the general assemblies than the actual record of assault and harassment toward women in the camps. Dupuy is at pains to suggest a statement of zero tolerance toward assault (which shouldn’t really need to be stated, should it?) is a way to address the problem:
Personally I suspect a belief in the 2nd amendment would make a huge difference for women uncomfortable in the occupy camps.
Getting back to Stacy’s statement I think he’s wrong. There is apparently at least one woman who is not bothered by these things. It’s the same woman who declares that the budget would be balanced if only women were running it. It’s the same woman who for weeks has ignored the danger to women at these camps and is only outraged by actions of the police to counter them.
The logical suggestion would be to have her daughters (who she claims are doing school work on the occupy movement) to camp overnight to prove me , Verum Serum and Stacy wrong. But there is logic and political advantage and there is right and wrong. I’ve said before I’m more Catholic than Sicilian. and the Occupy Movement’s Ometra not withstanding, I could not countenance any such act. No amount of political advantage would be worth exposing them to the dangers of the occupy camps for even a single night.