Greg Fallis ponders over the discussion and controversy around Fearless Girl, the statue that was placed in front of Wall Street’s Charging Bull, in a blog post that made the rounds on social media:
It’s a concisely written piece that wastes no time getting into the arguments, and goes through the various factors at play, the main one being how each piece came about.
On Charging Bull:
And on Fearless Girl:
Of course, the cleverness lies in its appearance of being guerrilla art. Some, including myself to an extent, would call it an act of deception.
However, the question of whether or not the piece should be taken away remains unanswered at the end of Farris’ piece. It seems to me a lose-lose situation, since the piece represents different things for different groups of people.
In my mind, Farris’ piece instead draws attention to a more fundamental issue – the value systems in today’s society. Farris points out that Fearless Girl draws its significance from Charging Bull, which in turn draws its significance from sensation and controversy.
From halfway around the world, reading about Fearless Girl when it was first placed in front of Charging Bull was a feel-good story that felt momentous, like something significant had been accomplished. But at the end of the day, Fearless Girl is just a symbol – a powerful one that raised discussion, but it shouldn’t just end at discussion. There needs to be action.
Discussion only creates so much progress towards solving the issues the statue draws attention to, gender equality in particular. Doing that deals with corporate culture, and culture in general. That takes getting everyone to not just be informed or talk, but to make the right choices, and to do so consistently. And that takes time.