voraciousbull asked: I just watched Emma Watson's address to the UN. I was curious what your thoughts were on what she said? Specifically the part about "extending an invitation to men" to join feminism. How does what she said mesh with radical feminism?
- The more celebrities openly discuss feminism the better
- It means more women will be engaged
- She’s a great speaker & is very strong and engaging
- SOMETHING is being done about the oppression of females
- The whole thing is male-inclusive
- Oppressors should not be a ‘part’ of the group they oppress’ liberation because it’s counter-productive and patronising. AKA males should not call themselves feminists. They are allies.
- She does the whole ‘I’m not a *MaN hAtEr*’ like women who DO hate men aren’t warrented.
- She’s more concerned with being seen as ‘anti-men’ and the ‘uncomfortableness’ of feminism than the actual message and being unapologetic
- She says ‘if you hate the word then it’s not *the word* that matters, it’s the message’. Stop apologising for *the word*! Address the problem! Why is the word ‘feminist’ dirty? Because MEN don’t want their power to be deminished. Because valuing women’s rights is BARBARIC.
- She says ‘Men need gender equality, too!’ and then rattles off how hard MEN have it which silences feminism in general. I fucking hated the whole ‘I can see men are put in jail for GENDER STEREOTYPES’ um hello? Men DO commit more crimes. Men are put in jail for RACIAL stereotypes, but because of ‘gender’ stereotypes? Nah man.
- She failed to acknowledge her own privilege (being an able-bodied, rich, heterosexual white woman) and how women aren’t all evenly oppressed, depending on race, ability, sexuality, class etc.
- The whole ‘equality’ thing just doesn’t sit right with me. Women shouldn’t ‘envy’ men, and try to be ‘equal’ to them. Men aren’t enviable. The whole ‘equality’ thing is too comfortable. Too male inclusive. Women need to be liberated from men, and that liberation should not be measured.
Don’t get me wrong, I love that feminism’s being addressed. She’s a lot better than most celebrities who sit by and don’t do much about bringing women’s rights into the lime light. I get that. But in terms of Radical Feminism, this speech is too apologetic, too ‘FEMINISTS AREN’T MAN-HATTTTTINGGG’, too male inclusive. But like I said, at least she has said something.