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October 3, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Plenty of Media Coverage … of the Bust of a Beautiful Girl

Seems like everybody (1, 2, 3, 4- just for starters) led this morning with this Occupy Wall Street photo. Hmm, I wonder why? (The power of the image is not only the  10 for “beauty,” but that it also doubles down on the “martyr/saint.”)

If you can get past the saintly/insanely beautiful girl and her cleavage, though, what we’ve got here also is the latest law enforcement adjustment in the battle for Wall Street — women arresting women. Notice off to the right, by the way, the scene repeats itself with another lady-in-blue doing the honors. (Well, at least it’s not women pepper spraying women!)

Being just one more tactic for “the man” to insulate himself, it’s not clear how much longer the NYPD would have been able – with all the eyes and cameras on this spiraling cultural struggle — to live down close-ups like this.

(photo: Stephanie Keith/AP caption: Police arrest a protester on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, during a march by Occupy Wall Street. linked photo: Paul Weiskel via Atlantic slideshow. caption: Police detain a woman in New York City, during an Occupy Wall Street march, on September 25, 2011.)

  • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

    Maybe, just for once ”missing white woman syndrome” will work in favor of something positive. Maybe this will gett attention and help people who would not be moved by a young black man or a Latina woman in the same place.*

    It’s a cute tactic using female cops to avoid criticism. The NYPD is treating this like a battle. Should they be facilitating freedom of speech by helping to ensure that the protest is safe and orderly… not trying to stop it by jumping on every little regulation they can and hiding people in “free speech” zones.
    *but can a negative thing ever really work in a positive way without doing more dammage?

    • Megan

      Still using “Reply”, since that is the only way I can comment.

      Even so, despite the exploitation, I absolutely love this.  Women are the primary political actors in this picture!  They fill the frame.  They are complex archetypes!

      Love the red, white and blue on the more middlebrow woman getting arrested in the background.

    • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

      I also forgot to mention the underlying sexism that drives the comparatively intense media focus on such an image. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_43OPDO2YVOGLADPLBYKDEEQRB4 Joel

      As a NYC resident most of my life, when black or spanish men shoot a cop we turn them into victims instead of the cops. When white people get gunned down by black or spanish men it’s never a hate crime. Not if they are non transgender and straight. See for yourself. Crying about back man or latina woman in 2011 is comical. This isn’t 1964. Nothing is ever the ‘latina’s’ fault or the black man’s fault and you have the brass pair to post such nonsense.  You must be another typical ‘liberal’ who, as usual, finds blame with the police who have allowed FOUR WEEKS of peaceful protesting and never blame those who do not follow protocol.

      To protest is a right – where and how is a privilege. You wouldn’t understand that as it requires an understanding of honor and respect and being self aware.

    • http://twitter.com/Screaming_Head The Screaming Head

      I truly believe that no effective protest has ever been staged without the intercession of the beautiful granola girl.

      I can say as a red blooded American that it does something special to you when you are protesting beside hot white women. ;)

      The Political Blog of Win

  • omen

    i’m fascinated by the focus on women in the movement logos and advertising.
    the lighter than air (enlightened) dancer on the bull puts the onus of the economic catastrophe on rapacious male energy of wall street. and also suggests nimble non violence will prevail in outmaneuvering the bull.

    democracy now interviewed some of the organizers. who were they? three women.

    this kind of focus is certainly new when it comes to protests. previously, the stereotype and imagery has been angry young male anarchists.

    kinda ironic when you consider occupywallstreet really only took off after the cops pepper sprayed the three women who did nothing to provoke it.

  • omen

    i’m fascinated by the focus on women in the movement logos.
    the lighter than air (enlightened) dancer on the bull puts the onus of the economic catastrophe on rapacious male energy of wall street. and also suggests nimble non violence will prevail in outmaneuvering the bull.

    democracy now interviewed some of the organizers of the wallstreet occuption. who were they? three women.

    that focus is certainly new when it comes to protests. previously, the stereotype and imagery of these protests have been angry young male anarchists.

    kinda ironic when you consider occupywallstreet really only took off after the cops pepper sprayed the three women who did nothing to warrant the assault.

  • omen

    the two images i was referencing that didn’t get uploaded.

    <http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/builanc2/occupygirl.jpg
    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af306/builanc2/occupygirl-1.jpg

    apologies for the double post. maybe michael will delete one.

    • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

      those posters are beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      The dancer on the bull is absolutely stunning. Beyond words.

  • omen
    • psychohistorian

      I have figured out my one demand:

      Laugh the global inherited rich out of control of our society and into “rooms” at the Hague.

  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com Stan B.

    I’m really getting tired of the media’s hollow protestations that they don’t know what these protesters “want.” If they really don’t know: a) what country do they live in, b) what world do they live in, c) how the hell do they call themselves “journalists?”

    • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

      It’s currently the most effective way to delegitimize the whole thing. It’s not “professional” enough, not organized etc. This is making a lot of people uncomfortable because they know *exactly* what the protestors want: accountability, fairness, equality, policy that puts people before profits. 

  • bresson

    Yeah, it’s a bit sexist, in a Liv-Tyler-in-that-Bertolucci-movie way.  Then again, there’s a certain mood created by her heavenward gaze backstopped by the more “average” protester with the flag-approximating ensemble (at first glance I thought it was the Stars and Stripes, but it’s not).  For me, the mood was a combination of this: http://i2.listal.com/image/864399/600full-the-passion-of-joan-of-arc-screenshot.jpg and this: http://www.lib-art.com/imgpaintingthumb/5/0/t9005-liberty-leading-the-people-eug-ne-delacroix.jpg

  • Bugboy

    Why no one has started a meme about the Brooklyn Bridge being for sale as a metaphor for Corporate America is beyond me.  I thought the same thing about the “Bridge to Somewhere” between Ohio and Kentucky, that President Obama missed an opportunity with. Governor Christie has a similar milestone around his neck, showing singular lack of leadership in his canceling the “Tunnel to Somewhere” between his state of New Jersey and New York.

    I have lived in Florida for nearly 30 years and the old joke about selling you a piece of Florida swampland is no longer a joke, thanks to the relentless marketing to make swampland worth something. McMansions for everyone as far as the eye can see! Just keep building and the housing market will keep selling them!

    The 400 thousand pound elephant in the room is GOP and no one wants to talk about how much it’s costing in peanuts to feed it.

  • omen

    “to live down close-ups like this.”

    michael, i don’t know why you were shy about posting this photo. i would have liked to have seen it contrasted together with the one you’ve highlighted.

    (apologies again for the earlier mess.)

    • omen

      not to mention this kind of mistreatment needs to be widely publicized and condemned.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PK3HLRK7GDGOB2LAKW5S6NACKY Joe M

    Handout takers suck.  Get a life and a job.  You all smell.

    • Al Swearengen

      You’re a useless tool if you think that only “handout-takers” and the unemployed are part of this, idiot.

  • Anonymous

    cleavage?  do we have the wrong photo?

  • Anonymous

    This is an amazing photo. It will a historical image, no doubt.

    Her face epitomizes the fear her generation face, growing up in a world that has been destroyed by greed.

  • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

    Didn’t notice the red-white-and blue. That is powerful.

    In an un related note I wonder why there are so few photos of non-white protestors. Based on this: 

    http://www.racialicious.com/2011/10/03/so-real-it-hurts-notes-on-occupy-wall-street/

    there are quite a few.

  • omen

    yeah, there is diversity. people on dailykos who are in newyork have been posting a lot of crowd shots.

    http://davidscameracraft.blogspot.com/2011/10/700-arrested-during-occupy-wall-street.html

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/02/1022229/-Brave-Leaders,-Provocateurs,-or-AgentsBrooklyn-Bridge-Leaders

    guess corporate media isn’t interested in showcasing brown people.
    after the occupation started to garner union/labor support, i wondered why doesn’t the naacp do the same?

  • omen

    oh, wow, nice piece. i’m going to pass it along.

  • Damian Crudele

    journalists are given assignments… go cover this or that… which includes, how to cover it.

    … pour grease over it, flatten it out, kill their message, can be part of the assignment.

  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com Stan B.

    As an Hispanic male who has lived in NYC most of his life, I too believe that murdering anyone is wrong- I guess I should make that simplistic moral statement being that your logic is as flawed as your own “self awareness.” That also goes for cops, who have a penchant for shooting those with darker skin- even one of their own when undercover.

    Fortunately, you’ve never had to live where you are always regarded as a possible suspect- you’ve never had to worry about evidence being planted on you, never have had to worry about being shot in the vestibule of your own building simply for reaching for your wallet.

    Finally, if protesting is a “right” (as you stated), then how is it that the police must “allow” it?

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