Recently, an investment management firm on State Street put up what's being called the 'Fearless Girl' statue on Wall Street. The statue depicts a young girl literally standing up to the Bull of Wall Street, suggesting that the young girls of today will be the women of tomorrow who will challenge the patriarchy and stand up to male-centric cultures and workplaces.
For many people, this has been a real inspiration. Unsurprisingly, people--especially little girls--have been excited to pose with the statue and take pictures with it.
Sadly, some people do not respect public art installations. Beyond that, some people simply do not respect women. As we can see in the now-viral image, an anonymous man decided to hump and grind against the statue while children and families stood by and watched.
Alexis Kaloyanides, a 34-year-old Queens resident that took the viral image, explained to the New York Daily News that this went on for about 20 seconds while his friends laughed and cheered him on. Luckily for the general public, his lewd acts were caught on camera, and are getting a big reaction.
Seriously. Even the Mayor weighed in:
This seemingly inebriated 20-something-year-old man has yet to be identified. He's been called the "Wall Street bro" based on his appearance and his behavior, but we don't actually know what his job or positionally is at this time. What we do know is that his behavior is deeply disturbing.
For many people, his behavior illustrates exactly what feminists mean when they talk about the daily occurance of rape culture and sexism women and non-binary people experience.
This is just one of the many reminders of why we need feminism.