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"This is supposed to be a call for women to enter the business world (and face the Wall Street bull, which may or may not now represent Trump, in line with the addition of this statue). But I actually prefer not to read gender into this image at all. In fact, I'd like to set gender aside for a moment and see this instead as innocence and knowing guiding strength and unpredictability, and vice versa. I really like the use of a defiant little child standing in front of the bull. I like how nobody is necessarily trying to overthrow the other. The bull remains unpredictable and aggressive. The child watches to see what happens. Though I agree with feminism on many of its key aspects, I am sometimes critical of its agenda. I think that it could do a lot better. I think we all could. This genderless portrait of innocence standing face-to-face with primal unpredictability is closer to how I see the world. It would be even better if the child could join the bull, perhaps gently steering the bull away from trouble whilst keeping herself (and the surrounding crowd) safe. There is something beautiful about innocence and aggression seeing the value in each other. I would really like to see a future in which the two archetypes are encouraged to work in tandem. This, I think, would work better than encouraging women to enter the business world for the sake of being on par with men. Because if the latter is what this statue represents, then we are automatically making the assumption that the bull is a man. And if we are doing that, then we are equating Wall Street with masculinity. And if we are doing that, then we are simply reinforcing this notion that the business world belongs to men, which negates the initial premise of the little girl statue and misses the point of the original Wall Street statue, thus changing what it represents to the American people.
Then again, the most beautiful (and flawed) aspect of politics is that both its parties are evenly matched in their respective hypocrisies... But now I'm getting carried away. :)"
-Sydney Maples, Stanford University Class of 2017
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