What’s Current: Wall Street’s Charging Bull artist says Fearless Girl violates his rights

Sculptor of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” argues the “Fearless Girl” statue violates his rights as an artist and is an insult to his work.

First African-American woman to serve as Court of Appeal judge found dead in New York’s Hudson river.

New Dheli Phys-Ed textbook causes uproar, defining 36-24-36 as the “ideal shape” of a woman. 

Woman’s death in Italian vineyard unveils rampant exploitation of female labourers. 

Pastor who vocally supported Orlando nightclub shootings convicted of molestation. 

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Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.

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  • Lucia Lola

    I wonder if the artist has something to say about the affection shown to the testicles of the bronze bull over the years, providing them with an extraordinary sheen? Because that’s what that bull has been most famous for over the years. Not his “vision”. Just an observation.


  • Lucia Lola

    Oh, and considering how the bull was first planted illegally as protest art then brought back because of people wanting it back kinda makes this story about the artist’s “vision” rather…beyond the pale. You know, since the little bronze girl is having an extended stay due to popularity. Just sayin’.

  • ruggo

    Tbh I never liked the fact that the fearless girl statue was commissioned by one of the corporate advisory firms… like, I understand the need for more women on corporate boards but at the same time that’s just upholding the capitalistic/patriarchal institutions that fuck people over. Having more women at the helm of a tank isn’t suddenly going to make it less of a killing machine.

    And I do see his point about how having the girl there changes what the bull represents. The bull was a hero, now he’s a bad guy – but the girl statue is somehow ‘good’ just because it’s a girl? Or because more women should be capitalist overlords? Or because of the gender diversity index SHE? Or…??

    Sorry am coming off a little abrasive here. For the record I am a hardcore radfem, only order from the “swerf n terf” menu etc but… I just don’t like the way this article was presented here on FC, as though the guy had an issue with women. I’m sure he’s as generally misog as almost all men are, but I don’t see it here. It could have been the statue of a defiant little boy and he would have brought up the same complaints.

    • Wren

      So you have a problem with feminists evaluating the news of the world through a feminist lens??

  • Morag999

    Regarding the New Dheli Phys-Ed textbook: I’d bet that that “36-24-36” business was the least of it. There’s a section right below it which claims: “The bones and hips of females are wider. Knees are slightly apart. Due to this shape females are not able to run properly.”

    Snort! And yet they call us, we feminists, “man-haters”! Duh.

    Probably, the entire textbook is rank misogyny and utter stupidity. Reminds me of something I read years ago in Our Bodies, Ourselves about an (apparently feminist) indexer who managed to sneak a protest into the index of an obstetrics textbook. I found the story of the indexer here: http://greenmedicine.ie/school/images/Library/_Textbook%20Misogyny.pdf

    “The standard obstetrical textbook in use today is William’s Obstetrics. The 15th edition of this classic is 923 pages long…. Apparently a feminist gremlin was at work during the boring task of preparing the index.

    “In the index there appears an entry that was apparently slipped in unnoticed by some brave soul who… wanted to voice his or her opinion about the book. The line reads: ‘Chauvinism, male, variable amounts, pages 1-923.’ The 16th edition of this illustrious text was a bit longer than previous editions, and the heading in the index was adjusted accordingly: ‘Chauvinism, male, voluminous amounts pages 1-1102.'”

    • Tired feminist