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Can you share your thoughts on Emma Watson's UN speech?

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I personally hated it. It was extremely liberal feminist and as non threatening or counter cultural as she could of gone. It catered so much to male feelings, it threw real feminists under the bus, and it did not address any real issues in my opinion. I will explain(thoroughly) why I wasn’t very impressed with her very *basic* speech - but also note that I really think we need to stop letting celebrities speak about feminism. With so many powerful, LIVING feminist icons, it makes me sad that the platform always seems to go to a clueless, main$tream, celebrity with mass appeal. It sort of implies that no one is willing to listen unless you’re pretty, famous, and unthreatening. Doesn’t that play a little too perfectly into the hands of patriarchy?

“It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are.”

    Gender is a social construct that varies from culture to culture - it is not natural, it’s a historical phenomenon. We need to make a division between what is natural(biology), and what has been put in place to oppress classes of people(gender,race). Making gender into a spectrum/inventing more genders is not going to liberate women.

I want gender abolition, and I want to talk critically about how we can progress into a culture where biological differences between the sexes no longer mattered, period. She’s also assuming that inequality and women’s oppression is gender based, it’s not. It’s sex based first and foremost because of how our reproductive abilities have been exploited and thus men have imposed the gender role of “woman”onto us to maintain their power over women(through femininity) and children - We are his currency and property(how man maintains his wealth/power).

“I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves,” 

  Our oppressors will never liberate us. It is not in their best interest to give up power willingly. Never in the history of man have the oppressors felt bad enough where they just stopped being tyrants for the sake of *good*. Not without a real fight. Not without a real threat. 

"The problem becomes political, demanding more than a comprehensive historical analysis, when one realizes that, though man is increasingly capable of freeing himself from the biological conditions that created his tyranny over women and children, he has little reason to want to give this tyranny up." - Shulamith Firestone

That being said, it’s sad that she felt like the only way to garner interest in feminism from men was to somehow relate that it is their daughters,sisters, and mothers who are suffering. BUT ALSO* their sons. Of course, if it’s not about your immediate family, why should you care? Millions of women and girls suffering all over the world should suffice for anyone’s compassion. Women have been fighting at the forefront of feminism for over a century, I do not want men to lead me. Instead of asking males to invade feminist spaces, maybe they can just, you know..SUPPORT us? 

“How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited to participate in the conversation? Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.”

Actually, she is on to something here. Indeed, gender equality is 100% a man’s issue - because men fucking started it! It’s 100% their fault. They created this mess, and now WE are expected to clean it up, to fix it. Why? Ding ding ding because they don’t want to! They benefit too much from inequality to want it over. We can change the world by taking power away from the powerful, and redistributing it after we have dismantled their oppressive institutions. There is a reason why men aren’t invited to the conversation - it makes them uncomfortable. And because of their entitlement, they deal with that discomfort by making it about them. Silencing women, talking over them, trying to relate the issue back to how it “affects them too” - not realizing that this all their fucking mess thanks to the failed experiment that was patriarchy and capitalism.

Unfortunately I feel that must Emma simply lack experience participating in feminist groups because it’s almost impossible to miss this one. Feminism is a movement by and for women, our oppressors cannot *participate* the same way we do because it’s not about them. They cannot lead or define our movement. The solution here is to tell men they can support us by making their own spaces feminist- Instead of demanding inclusion. 

“I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man …. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are.”

Actually, they benefit very much(as a class) from maintaining a standard of mainstream masculinity. Every man benefits from female oppression, by virtue of being male, they already benefit from male privilege(being born with the privilege IS the privilege) I don’t really care how patriarchy hurts males(also notice how she calls it “gender stereotypes” and “inequality”- never really NAMING the problem but the symptoms). All of these liberal individualistic examples mean absolutely nothing when you look at sexism as a class issue. Some men feel insecure because they don’t live up to masculinity(which they as a class created to maintain power)? Boo fucking hoo.

Can we talk about how females are being murdered, raped, their genitals mutilated, bodies bought and sold like livestock, and treated like less than human is more important than male FEELINGS?

“When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong,” she said.

This one takes the cake. Men aren’t free? are you kidding me? Here, let me give you the feminist version of this statement, because Emma’s is pathetic. 

"Power is not natural, thus when men’s power is taken away women and children will finally be liberated. Men are already socially "free" - by being born into a patriarchal society, you are taught that the world is your oyster. It’s time men are not awarded this privilege at the expense of females and their children - we are not your servants. Masculinity is toxic conditioning. It teaches violence, domination, aggression, and sexual conquest. Femininity conditions females to be submissive, docile, and subordinate. What we are witnessing here is not natural, and it is not a coincidence or a mistake. No woman wakes up wanting to be a slave, yet many are willing to blame HER for the circumstances that keep her enslaved - rather than recognizing the structural and institutional barriers to equality that allow this injustice to continue. "

You cannot have true equality when you have gender and social constructs that are held tightly with biological sex. The gender trenches of masculinity and femininity produce segregation and violence. Just as the trenches of race produce segregation and violence. Yet the inequality illusion persists under the guise that what we are witnessing are natural, biological differences. Her use of language supports this illusion, assuming that gender is natural and that everyone simply choses to be dominated/dominating. Choice has very little to do with inequality.

‘Feminism is not man-hating’ “The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain is that this has to stop. 

Here we go again with the constant need to appeal to male feelings and egos. To reassure them feminist love them and aren’t trying to challenge them. Sure, feminism is not inherently man hating, but how are we going to achieve any progress if we don’t even name the oppressor? If we don’t name the root cause of the problem? Feminism doesn’t need to be destroyed any more than it already has for the sake of male feelings and inclusion. Emma’s sympathy plea to males is in the end, keeping the power in their hands. Feeding endlessly into their entitlement and coddling their feelings will only maintain male superiority.

Yes some women hate men(rightfully so). I personally hate men as a class - Many lesbians also hate men. But who cares? Our hatred never actually manifests into anything, unlike that of misogyny. I am so tired of people trying to defend feminism under the notion that “we don’t hate men”. MEN VERY CLEARLY HATE US. Men’s hatred of women is obvious, and yet women are expected to be in love with their oppressor? Are black people now also required to love white people in order to be granted their right to fight oppression? How am I supposed to know what men are rapist, murderers, pedophiles, or psychopaths? The statistics are not in men’s favor. For my own safety - I hate men on sight. Women’s humanity is evident - it’s men who have to prove it to us.

 ”For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”

Hence why it’s called feminism, and not HUMANISM or egalitarianism. Oh wait. Feminism is a movement by and for women - the goal is to liberate all women and children from the tyranny of man. Liberation does not mean equality. Again, it would be nice if we had a real feminist speaking to the world about what feminism means, and not a celebrity. All this speech will do is give men even more agency to invade our spaces and talk over us, because Emma said feminism is about men too! Good lord..

I’m tired of typing, there was more to her speech but I think you get the point. It sucked. 

Emma Watson may be a celebrity but she is also a graduate of Brown University and the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. It’s kind of fucked up that you would demean her intellectual fortitude as she is on the forefront of the movement you claim to care about.

1. I don’t care about what you(a man) think is feminist or un feminist, or what I have a right to say. How dare you assume that I don’t *actually* care about feminism just because I criticized her speech? I care enough to have very high standards for what messages are conveyed to the masses by those who elect to speak FOR me. I want us to move away from this basic idea that feminism means “equality” so that true progress can be obtained.

2. My judgement is based on what she chose to relate in her speech, which like I said, and stand by - Is overly male centric and does not address the root cause of inequality - patriarchy. Just because someone went to University doesn’t make them qualified to speak on behalf of every feminist. Mainstream education does not teach people how to be revolutionaries, but rather reformist. Hence why most women’s studies/college feminist tend to fall on the more liberal side vs the radical. “Intellectual fortitude” lmao give me a fucking break. 

I could go one of two ways - I could give Emma Watson the benefit of doubt and assume she knows better, but still decided to lie and be dishonest with herself in order to maintain her status by appealing to men, OR I could say she is simply unenlightened given her immense privilege..I think I’ll go with the latter.

1. My ability to make assumptions is a basic human right, so how dare you imply that I’m wrong for making an assumption.

2. I never actually made an assumption I just said it was fucked up that you would demean someone who is actually making tangible strides toward a goal that you claim to want to also stride toward.

3. While I generally agree with the sentiment that formal education implies obedience rather than intelligence, the fact that you are radically indignant on the subject matter belies your assertions and shows ignorance.

4. I realize that you don’t actually want equality, and that you feel that you cannot appeal to your “oppressors” to “free” you. You’re entitled to your opinion, however absurd, but do you truly deny the need for allies of feminism to help women reach whatever pinnacle of humanity that you aspire to?

5. You dig your own grave when you try to turn this into a bi conditional issue. You create your own world of pre-supposition rather than adhering to the reality of the situation. Stop trying to be so divisive and strive for unity of all human beings. I promise, the road you’re on will only lead to more anger spawning from your ignorance.

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Can you share your thoughts on Emma Watson's UN speech?

bbrightstar:

I personally hated it. It was extremely liberal feminist and as non threatening or counter cultural as she could of gone. It catered so much to male feelings, it threw real feminists under the bus, and it did not address any real issues in my opinion. I will explain(thoroughly) why I wasn’t very impressed with her very *basic* speech - but also note that I really think we need to stop letting celebrities speak about feminism. With so many powerful, LIVING feminist icons, it makes me sad that the platform always seems to go to a clueless, main$tream, celebrity with mass appeal. It sort of implies that no one is willing to listen unless you’re pretty, famous, and unthreatening. Doesn’t that play a little too perfectly into the hands of patriarchy?

“It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are.”

    Gender is a social construct that varies from culture to culture - it is not natural, it’s a historical phenomenon. We need to make a division between what is natural(biology), and what has been put in place to oppress classes of people(gender,race). Making gender into a spectrum/inventing more genders is not going to liberate women.

I want gender abolition, and I want to talk critically about how we can progress into a culture where biological differences between the sexes no longer mattered, period. She’s also assuming that inequality and women’s oppression is gender based, it’s not. It’s sex based first and foremost because of how our reproductive abilities have been exploited and thus men have imposed the gender role of “woman”onto us to maintain their power over women(through femininity) and children - We are his currency and property(how man maintains his wealth/power).

“I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves,” 

  Our oppressors will never liberate us. It is not in their best interest to give up power willingly. Never in the history of man have the oppressors felt bad enough where they just stopped being tyrants for the sake of *good*. Not without a real fight. Not without a real threat. 

"The problem becomes political, demanding more than a comprehensive historical analysis, when one realizes that, though man is increasingly capable of freeing himself from the biological conditions that created his tyranny over women and children, he has little reason to want to give this tyranny up." - Shulamith Firestone

That being said, it’s sad that she felt like the only way to garner interest in feminism from men was to somehow relate that it is their daughters,sisters, and mothers who are suffering. BUT ALSO* their sons. Of course, if it’s not about your immediate family, why should you care? Millions of women and girls suffering all over the world should suffice for anyone’s compassion. Women have been fighting at the forefront of feminism for over a century, I do not want men to lead me. Instead of asking males to invade feminist spaces, maybe they can just, you know..SUPPORT us? 

“How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited to participate in the conversation? Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.”

Actually, she is on to something here. Indeed, gender equality is 100% a man’s issue - because men fucking started it! It’s 100% their fault. They created this mess, and now WE are expected to clean it up, to fix it. Why? Ding ding ding because they don’t want to! They benefit too much from inequality to want it over. We can change the world by taking power away from the powerful, and redistributing it after we have dismantled their oppressive institutions. There is a reason why men aren’t invited to the conversation - it makes them uncomfortable. And because of their entitlement, they deal with that discomfort by making it about them. Silencing women, talking over them, trying to relate the issue back to how it “affects them too” - not realizing that this all their fucking mess thanks to the failed experiment that was patriarchy and capitalism.

Unfortunately I feel that must Emma simply lack experience participating in feminist groups because it’s almost impossible to miss this one. Feminism is a movement by and for women, our oppressors cannot *participate* the same way we do because it’s not about them. They cannot lead or define our movement. The solution here is to tell men they can support us by making their own spaces feminist- Instead of demanding inclusion. 

“I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man …. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are.”

Actually, they benefit very much(as a class) from maintaining a standard of mainstream masculinity. Every man benefits from female oppression, by virtue of being male, they already benefit from male privilege(being born with the privilege IS the privilege) I don’t really care how patriarchy hurts males(also notice how she calls it “gender stereotypes” and “inequality”- never really NAMING the problem but the symptoms). All of these liberal individualistic examples mean absolutely nothing when you look at sexism as a class issue. Some men feel insecure because they don’t live up to masculinity(which they as a class created to maintain power)? Boo fucking hoo.

Can we talk about how females are being murdered, raped, their genitals mutilated, bodies bought and sold like livestock, and treated like less than human is more important than male FEELINGS?

“When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong,” she said.

This one takes the cake. Men aren’t free? are you kidding me? Here, let me give you the feminist version of this statement, because Emma’s is pathetic. 

"Power is not natural, thus when men’s power is taken away women and children will finally be liberated. Men are already socially "free" - by being born into a patriarchal society, you are taught that the world is your oyster. It’s time men are not awarded this privilege at the expense of females and their children - we are not your servants. Masculinity is toxic conditioning. It teaches violence, domination, aggression, and sexual conquest. Femininity conditions females to be submissive, docile, and subordinate. What we are witnessing here is not natural, and it is not a coincidence or a mistake. No woman wakes up wanting to be a slave, yet many are willing to blame HER for the circumstances that keep her enslaved - rather than recognizing the structural and institutional barriers to equality that allow this injustice to continue. "

You cannot have true equality when you have gender and social constructs that are held tightly with biological sex. The gender trenches of masculinity and femininity produce segregation and violence. Just as the trenches of race produce segregation and violence. Yet the inequality illusion persists under the guise that what we are witnessing are natural, biological differences. Her use of language supports this illusion, assuming that gender is natural and that everyone simply choses to be dominated/dominating. Choice has very little to do with inequality.

‘Feminism is not man-hating’ “The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain is that this has to stop. 

Here we go again with the constant need to appeal to male feelings and egos. To reassure them feminist love them and aren’t trying to challenge them. Sure, feminism is not inherently man hating, but how are we going to achieve any progress if we don’t even name the oppressor? If we don’t name the root cause of the problem? Feminism doesn’t need to be destroyed any more than it already has for the sake of male feelings and inclusion. Emma’s sympathy plea to males is in the end, keeping the power in their hands. Feeding endlessly into their entitlement and coddling their feelings will only maintain male superiority.

Yes some women hate men(rightfully so). I personally hate men as a class - Many lesbians also hate men. But who cares? Our hatred never actually manifests into anything, unlike that of misogyny. I am so tired of people trying to defend feminism under the notion that “we don’t hate men”. MEN VERY CLEARLY HATE US. Men’s hatred of women is obvious, and yet women are expected to be in love with their oppressor? Are black people now also required to love white people in order to be granted their right to fight oppression? How am I supposed to know what men are rapist, murderers, pedophiles, or psychopaths? The statistics are not in men’s favor. For my own safety - I hate men on sight. Women’s humanity is evident - it’s men who have to prove it to us.

 ”For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”

Hence why it’s called feminism, and not HUMANISM or egalitarianism. Oh wait. Feminism is a movement by and for women - the goal is to liberate all women and children from the tyranny of man. Liberation does not mean equality. Again, it would be nice if we had a real feminist speaking to the world about what feminism means, and not a celebrity. All this speech will do is give men even more agency to invade our spaces and talk over us, because Emma said feminism is about men too! Good lord..

I’m tired of typing, there was more to her speech but I think you get the point. It sucked. 

Emma Watson may be a celebrity but she is also a graduate of Brown University and the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. It’s kind of fucked up that you would demean her intellectual fortitude as she is on the forefront of the movement you claim to care about.

savannahels:

pversusnp:

savannahels
I figured you would want to be credited for this <3

Thank you Ben!! :D

Miss you Sav, let’s hang soon.

savannahels:

pversusnp:

savannahels
I figured you would want to be credited for this <3

Thank you Ben!! :D

Miss you Sav, let’s hang soon.

savannahels
I figured you would want to be credited for this &lt;3

savannahels
I figured you would want to be credited for this <3

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