If you haven’t heard of Steven Greenstreet, you’re not missing anything. He’s the typical mansplaining sexist masquerading as a progressive; specifically, he’s the idiot who thought it would be tewtally awwwesome maaan to create a tumblr featuring the “hot chicks” in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Steven has effectively contributed to centuries of patriarchal tradition and reduced women who have very real things to say about politics, about class, about oppression–to sexual objects. Unsurprisingly, he is also under the impression that women dressing in ways that “show off their curves” (yes, actual words he directed at feminist Jill Filipovic) are inviting him to film them and to diminish their activism to their appearances.
After Jill Filipovic called him out for making rape jokes on his Facebook page (involving a comment about how an erection legitimizes Occupy Wall Street because erections legitimize everything, including rape, and thereupon suggesting that rape without an erection is illegitimate because no woman was ever raped with a knife or a gun apparently) his supporters stormed over to Feministe with complaints about “privacy violations” even though Steven made these comments with public settings, and Jill Filipovic is not violating his privacy by reporting on them;–an interesting development, considering that Occupy Wall Street is a protest against corporate control. It appears that Steven Greenstreet’s supporters have, in fact, no problem with corporate control, since they so readily evoke Facebook’s claims of ownership over content generated by its users to defend Greenstreet’s ass.
Of course, taking footage of women participating in a protest and in real activist work and reducing them to sexual objects on a site without their knowledge isn’t an invasion of privacy at all.
Previously, Steven expressed his “disappointment” that these women are the “face of feminism” because, of course, Steven–as a man–would do feminism SO MUCH BETTER than Jill Filipovic, feminist writer, activist, and lawyer. Steven denies that he is deriding feminism, despite the fact that he spent a good portion of time looking up photos of Filipovic wearing clothes that “show off her curves” in an attempt to invalidate her argument. And because Steven is a man with a Big Important Manly Agenda to Attract Men to the Movement with Footage of Hawt Women, he knows feminism better than the women he’s objectified. And he had to send all his friends to troll Filipovic’s site in his defense, one of whom masqueraded as a woman saying she learned a valuable lesson about having a sense of humor from being raped–because being a man is so hard! Poor, poor Steven. He just doesn’t understand why all these feminists are having such violent reactions to rape jokes and objectifications of women! I guess feminists aren’t as smart as they have a reputation for being, if they can’t keep their emotions straight–a fact brought to you by Steven Greenstreet’s gratuitous male privilege.