Monday, November 14, 2011

Even among the self-anointed OWS oppressed, some 'victims' are more victimized than others

Zuccotti Park allegedly has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent to keep what the New York Post calls "the sickos" away. The large, metal-framed “safety tent” -- which, incidentally, will be guarded by an all-female patrol -- can accommodate as many as 18 people and will be used during the day for women-only meetings, said Occupy Wall Street organizers.

But some OWS men say the rape concerns are exaggerated.  “Sexual harassment gets called rape, and it’s not,” one scoffed when told of the women’s tent. “There’s no way that it’s happening as much as people are saying it has. It’s just word spreading and getting misunderstood.” (Say it ain't so! Undeservedly privileged, misogynistic mens righters among the noble, enlightened OWS crowd!)

But that's not the only way OWS is like the real world: one woman said the protesters took her tent down without notice to make room for the women's only tent. “I’m pissed! I pretty much just got evicted,” fumed Angelina Isfreed, 32, after returning to find her tent taken down. “I won’t be staying there.” 

More people may have to move. The protest organizers plan to put up other large tents, including one for gay and transgender people.

You see, it was bound to happen among the self-anointed oppressed at OWS: group identity politics gone mad. 

Then again, nothing tops Occupy Baltimore's sexual assault policy, which includes the following: "It is the victim's prerogative to classify any action as sexual harassment, and to decide whether or not the harasser be ejected from Occupy Baltimore."