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Emma Watson’s empowering UN speech
Emma Watson’s empowering UN speech

At a UN conference in New York this past weekend, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and actress, Emma Watson, gave an impassioned speech, launching the ‘He for She’ campaign, and formally inviting the men of the world to support women’s equality.

Pushing back against recent anti-feminist campaigns, such as Women Against Feminism, Watson vocalised her concern (and that of many feminists) that feminism is being widely misunderstood as a an anti-man movement, rather than a cause whose primary goal is to see women treated as the equals of men. 

 She says, “The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with ‘man-hating.’ If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism, by definition, is ‘the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes’.”

Watson, popularly known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series of movies, demonstrated her intelligence, commitment and passion for feminism. She spoke bravely and clearly on behalf of women all over the world, proving she is more than just “that Harry Potter girl”.

Why not watch Emma’s speech?

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Opinion: The risks of speaking out

Immediately after making her speech Emma Watson began receiving a vicious and vile backlash from internet users on 4Chan and Twitter. These included a threat (presumably false) to release nude photos of the actress online, and attempts to get the hashtag #RIPEmmaWatson trending on Twitter, claiming that Watson was found dead in a hotel room.

Watson received some horrendous threats, which we prefer not to publicise because of their truly horrific nature, however, even some of the milder comments below which were made about her weren’t much better:

“It is real and going to happen this weekend. That feminist bitch Emma is going to show the world she is as much of a whore as any woman.”

“she makes stupid feminist speeches at UN, and now her nudes will be online, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH”

History is littered with the stories of women who’ve dared to speak out against the unfair treatment of women, and who’ve received threats attempting to shame and intimidate them into silence.

A website called the Everyday Sexism Project encourages women all over the world to send in the examples of the sexism they experience in their daily lives. The project aims to expose the internalised discrimination, small and large, with which women are treated, in every country in the world. The website is startling and very upsetting. It contains thousands of stories from women who have been harassed and groped in public, and followed by men threatening rape, to being refused jobs in favour of males, and many more.

The creator of the Everyday Sexism Project, British woman Laura Bates, received death and rape threats, as well as threats to her fiancé and family. The threats were sent to Bates through email and Twitter, contained chilling details about the time and place she would be attacked, promising they would wait until she was alone.

We must thank our female predecessors for putting themselves through a lot of public scrutiny in the name of women’s rights. Thanks to them, women can work, vote, control their own reproduction (for the most part), and have so much more. But the fact that empowered women still experience negative and derogatory responses when they attempt call-out sexism or demand equal rights, further proves that feminism is still as relevant and necessary as ever. And we need all women and men to get behind it.

Tell us what you think? Why are women exposed to so much shaming and threatening when they speak-out on behalf of women’s rights? In what ways is the backlash women receive different to what men might experience for saying something that goes against the grain?





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    Stoker
    24th Sep 2014
    10:43am
    ell I guess its like I said yesterday, there is very little (if any ) Respect for other people and the fact that most of the crap is on twitter or facebook etc also indicates a more than likely younger person that probably has no respect for him/her self let alone anyone else.

    Emma would have to be a very brave person to have fronted up for that speech, good luck to her and her future.
    miss aisle
    24th Sep 2014
    10:55am
    Emma's fine speech made the word "feminism" more user friendly.
    Beautiful, caring attitude towards men & women.
    BettyBoo
    24th Sep 2014
    12:38pm
    Absolutely agree - thank you Emma on behalf of us all.
    Adrianus
    27th Sep 2014
    12:07pm
    My understanding of Emma's explanation is that "feminism" has been hijacked by radicals similar to the situation with Islam. We are now asking Islamic moderates to denounce the radical view, should we expect the same from women who genuinely love men?

    24th Sep 2014
    10:56am
    CRITICISM I can understand - for the hodge-podge nature of the comments, the generalisations, the non-connection between 'issues' raised, and the inherent anti-male sentiment that typifies all 'feminist' speech, and is now so internalised that decent young girls like Emma do not even realise they are uttering them.

    But threats? That is way beyond the pale.

    A miscellaneous assembly of 'issues' such as "I felt sexualised etc' by the media (ho hum), 'girls preferred to be sexy than sporty" (ho hum).. and VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN - do NOT - most emphatically - belong in the one speech.

    There is simply no parallel between such infantile utterances about the media and women's personal choices to take the easy road of being 'sexy' instead of rough and tough, and I guarantee you Emma would be lost without her 'sexualising' accessories.. lippie, makeup , hair done.. etc...

    A grievous fault of 'feminism' is its failure and its outright refusal to discuss real issues one at a time in the context of real life.

    Frankly, 'feminism' is, in reality, little more than schoolyard whining writ large and somehow given centre stage in our society - to its near demise.

    I'd like to have gotten everything I wanted or even needed in life, too - the world does not work that way for everyone, and Emma speaks from a position of blinded privilege, much as our politicians do.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    12:10pm
    **corrects brain fart** "There is simply no parallel between such infantile"... (added to end of sentence)...and acts of violence against women.
    ghoti
    24th Sep 2014
    12:49pm
    As long as there's a single example of discrimination against women - getting paid less than a man for the same work, for example - then I fully support any movement that tries to put that right.

    You, Grappler, say "I'd like to have gotten everything I wanted or even needed in life, too". Did you stand up and fight for it? If not then you're on shaky ground when you criticise those who do. Should we all simply put up with our lot?

    By virtue of the attention and money paid to those in the acting profession, Emma is "privileged" in some areas. But you too are privileged, being a male in a society that makes it tough for women to be successful. What's more, I suggest that you are far more "blinded" than Emma is. After all, her job as an actor requires getting to know the thoughts, attitudes, life-styles etc of all sorts of people.
    Golden Oldie
    24th Sep 2014
    1:09pm
    How about if you stop fishing for red herrings where non exist. I listened to the speech, and Emma is aiming for equality of both sexes world wide. She is not a man hater. It is not about being superior to men. In the last 50 to 60 years we have come a long way, but we are not there yet, even in Australia. I would hate to live under Muslim law, or live in Africa or the Middle East. Let go of your predjuces and open your mind to the real world.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    1:17pm
    Give me ONE example of any woman paid loss for the exact same work than a man. It has been illegal to do so for years.

    "fight for it"? Your rhetoric itself shows what I stated below - the very wording is of conflcit and violenc e- and then purports to be about cutting violence.

    Tough words on a free forum somewhere do not mean you are 'fighting' for anything, you are just speaking from behind a shield of armour without any thought for what is outside.

    What 'fighting' have women done, apart from lobbying politicians and such and ranting in universities etc?

    You would suggest I 'fight' how? Argue in courts for fair play? Don't make me laugh. Cry victimhood until dumbass politicians offer me handouts?

    That's all that 'feminism' does, and suggestions that 'women fought for rights' are laughable - they whined for advantages, and took full advantage of a range of freebies that men never had. Time to pay the piper now.

    Pray, sensei - give me your game plan.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    1:20pm
    And there you go with empty rhetoric again -= 'all men are privileged and it is hard for women to get ahead'. Man - I'd love just one day of that 'hard to get ahead' with all those handouts.

    If I'm so privileged, why am I not given consideration for the special deals that women get in work, education, scholarships etc? Becusse I've got them there for the taking?

    Open your eyes. NOBODY ever gave me a handup or a handout.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    3:12pm
    Well said Grappler
    CindyLou
    24th Sep 2014
    5:35pm
    Dear mr grappler
    Could you kindly advise me WHAT are the specil deals that women get in work, education, scholarships etc. I have studied, worked, yet to get a special deal.

    I would sincerely appreciate special deals or ant other benefit.
    Truly yours
    Cindy
    Aurora60
    24th Sep 2014
    7:51pm
    shoe on other foot! try seeing things without blinkers.
    CindyLou
    25th Sep 2014
    9:17am
    ?????
    CindyLou
    25th Sep 2014
    9:17am
    ?????
    EELS
    24th Sep 2014
    11:11am
    And the elephant in the room. Nobody ever mentions the inequality of Muslim women. It would not be politically correct. You are only able to criticize white Anglo Saxon sexism.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    12:13pm
    Or the other escalating inequalities in this life for many. Sexism and misogyny are the most over-used words in the English language and have been bent way out of context to suit a whining agenda. As for 'violence against women' so blithely included with the media etc in that speech - while ever this is defined as some amorphous feeling any woman may have at any time - it will always be a meaningless concept and is its own worst enemy.

    Must be painfully hard to grow into puberty and suddenly realise you might have to be a woman and not a tomboy... and make the choice between being rough and being feminine.
    Golden Oldie
    24th Sep 2014
    5:21pm
    Do men make a choice between being rough and being gentlemanly, or are they not strong enough to be able to distinguish between these concepts. Is it OK to rape, murder wives and children, manually abuse them if (the man) gets drunk, kidnap the young schoolgirls so that they cannot get an education? Thankfully not all men fall into the catogory of being bullies, drunken slobs, and abusers. Get over yourself Grappler. This is not a platform to show your vindictness towards women, but an opportunity to discuss respect for all people irrespective of gender and race.
    And yes, it was hard to grow up in a time to realise that opportunities to get a tertiary education was very limited due to cost, and a "waste of time for a girl" and that the job opportunities were limited unless you opted to avoid marriage, and that married women were to blame for the bad behaviour of the younger generation. Divorced women later shouldered that blame.
    Thankfully the feminist movement have brought about many improvements. Respect for women will never happen while your attitude remains.
    Tom Tank
    24th Sep 2014
    11:18am
    Surely this should be a simple issue in that women should be treated with the same respect and given the same opportunities as men. In other words all people should be accorded the respect and dignity they deserve irrespective of their gender.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    11:25am
    You mean you want to remove women from a pedestal and remove affirmative action and revamp the education system to incorporate more 'retained learning' - the last of which cause 'many students and teachers to be in tears' - hardly the boys, eh?

    Every attempt to undo these mischievous intrusions into our society has met with a barrage of the usual - 'women are victims pure and simple and that is in every part of their lives'.

    **rolls eyes**...
    Tom Tank
    24th Sep 2014
    11:51am
    Affirmative action was introduced to try to overcome the bias against women. If you haven't seen bias against people because of their gender then you must be on a different planet.
    If women were treated with properly then there is no need for them to be on a pedestal. I certainly don't put women on a pedestal but I do treat them the same as I would a man. Respect is something I believe has to be earned and women can do that as well as a man.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    12:03pm
    .. has endure for eternity up to and including calculate and edemic bias against men. When do we arrive at the 'level playing field'? We've had two working generations - if you take age fifteen or sixteen as a start in work to achieve this Nirvana - the country is going to rack and ruin - girls are graduating from universities at a higher rate than men and still want special treatment, teaching, public service and increasingly the 'soft' work like pharmacy and so forth are becoming 'women's work'- when is there going to be a declaration of peace sand some approximation of genuine equality - which stipulates - as I said over thirty years ago in my resignation from the public service - that you TREAT a person as equal from Day One - not pump all sorts of additives into one side to make it 'better' while reducing the other to 'worse'?

    Nobody argues that a PERSON earns respect for their actions etc - demanding 'respect'and special treatment is just schoolyard bullying like some bunch of Lebs in the streets... and endlessly creating 'issues' such as "I felt sexualised by the media(!!)" are ridiculous and meaningless when many are struggling to get any grip on a good life these days.

    Any woman these days - rather than having any 'bias' overcome - has to endure the reality that nobody truly trusts her judgement etc since she has been Affirmative Actioned, and is thus a lesser being in whatever she does. AA has created permanent bias both ways and a lack of real value in many areas of work.

    You worked that out yet?
    Tom Tank
    24th Sep 2014
    12:47pm
    I think I have worked out that you have issues with women. That is such a pity.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    1:21pm
    Nay, good sir - it is YOU who accept women with issues as normal and are unwilling to discuss realities.
    MITZY
    25th Sep 2014
    12:05pm
    The.Grappler: While you are "rolling eyes" how about rolling them upwards a little and answer Cindy Lou's query to you!?
    Hasbeen
    24th Sep 2014
    11:46am
    Oh come off it.

    Brave for god sake, attention seeking would be more like it.

    What the hell would this brat know. She can't decide whether to become a porn star, a vamp or a UN ambassador, but she is very busy searching for the adoration she had as a Harry Potter child star. Just like almost all the child stars before, she has nothing much to offer as an almost adult, but wants to avoid growing up & facing that fact.

    What the hell would she know about real women, she & her life have about as much in common with ordinary women as I have with a gate post.

    She was a star in a fantasy, her life has been a fantasy, & the speech was a fantacy. For god sake ladies, get real. The whole world has been developed for you to enjoy, & you're still bitching.

    Stop whinging & start pulling your weight for a change, & you just might become a little happier.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    12:05pm
    Ha, ha.. well said. Take up a shovel and stand a watch..... that'll slow 'em down...
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    12:07pm
    Oh - and BTW for any detractors - I'm just finishing a future war book series in which the primary heroes are.... guess what.. women..... so if you wish to accuse me of 'misogyny' - you are perfectly free to buy the entire series.... and find out for yourself what MY women can do.

    24th Sep 2014
    12:42pm
    This kind of empty-headed speechifying reminds me of this:-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55fqjw2J1vI

    With the sad addition that the rhetoric of conflict and violence itself militates towards an environment of violence.
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    3:57pm
    WOW! You have Women in your life Grappler? Why? You don't like Women, did Your Women Outdo you to? AAWW. So you have to complain about them..hehe
    I wouldn't even Look for Your Book I can imagine what is in it.
    Just remember Grappler, if not for women, YOU would Not be sitting at you PC typing all this Drivel

    24th Sep 2014
    12:57pm
    Final comment from the Real SWorld:-

    History is littered with the stories of men and women who’ve dared to speak out against the unfair treatment of men, and who’ve received threats attempting to shame and intimidate them into silence, along with a raft of other acts of violence such as deprivation of liberty, livelihood and so on.
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    1:04pm
    Un-fair treatment of MEN!!!! Grappler.
    More like UN-fair treatment of WO-men
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    1:25pm
    When you live a full life you will realise that there are many PEOPLE who have it tough.. not just women. You typically evade the real issues - it's quite simple - you can't rob Peter to pay Paula without robbing Peter.

    You follow that?

    How would YOU respond if affirmative action was worded "PREFERENCE will be given to Men, Men from a non-english speaking background, and Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Men.

    How would YOU respond if I said that our local centrelink office had 26 people working.. and only three were woman on part-time?

    Reverse those things and you have the simple reality of affirmative action.
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    1:04pm
    Un-fair treatment of MEN!!!! Grappler.
    More like UN-fair treatment of WO-men
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    1:08pm
    Haven't you noticed yet Grappler, that there ARE Women Traddies in OZ?
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    1:30pm
    Traddies? You mean Tradies.

    How many, and what is the relevance of your post to the issues? there are also three or four women who drive mine trucks and some who drive buses. Your point is?

    Give the numbers. I advocate equality - not affirmative action to please a whining social sub-set, though any 'feminist' would never be able to see the difference.

    AA has been in place since the early 1980's.. how long do you think it should go on as PREFERENCE.. and you still claim that women just can't make it? Maybe they need to try harder - to quote a 'feminist' 'education minister' here when complaints were made that boys were suffering under the altered education system.

    At what point are your prepared to declare equality?

    There are male nurses out there, too, girlie. Wow - that's significant in the context of equality for real. Like most of the 'feministed' you need to look at these things from BOTH sides for a change.

    24th Sep 2014
    2:00pm
    Zmample of me blooks:-

    Serena had returned to D Squadron and her job as liaison with Raj and his Indians. They kept a close eye on any movement to their front, knowing they were the last, the far left flank of the whole operation now.
    “If the Zoms try to break the Legion away from the riverbank, they're going to hit us, Raj.”
    “Indeed, Serena, this they will do. But we are ready for them.”
    “I hope so, Raj.. I hope so. If they get through there's not much between us and the Legion CP.. and the hospital.”
    “We will not allow them through here, you have my word, Madame President.”
    “I'm not the President any more, Raj – I'm just a Lieutenant in the army now.”
    “Always you will be President, Sergeant Serena, and if something goes wrong today, it is I who am happy to have served with you. To have served with you all.”

    Real old misogynist me... not one woman who knows me thinks so - but then - I strive to discuss issues and not personal stuff.

    In these books the Sergeant Major is a woman as are company sized commanders and even battalion, division and all the way up to the top.
    KSS
    24th Sep 2014
    4:03pm
    So is this excerpt one of the best bits Grappler?

    I may wait for the film which could go straight to DVD.
    Pass the Ductape
    24th Sep 2014
    2:09pm
    I don't have a problem with equality fiord woman and I don't know anyone that does. I wouldn't have known anything about it if I hadn't seen the article in Your Life Choices. Hope my point is clear!
    Pass the Ductape
    24th Sep 2014
    2:11pm
    'for' even.
    Pass the Ductape
    24th Sep 2014
    2:18pm
    I've just looked back at what I've just commented on and might I say Your Life Choices - HOW BORING YOUR SITE HAS BECOME LATELY. Are you all on holiday or something?
    Fair Dinkum
    24th Sep 2014
    3:14pm
    I AGREE that woman should have the same rights as men but in marriage break ups woman have all the rights and usually the men are left with nothing and a lot become homeless how can this be equal rights she doesn't seem to mention this in her speech if she did I missed it.

    24th Sep 2014
    3:17pm
    Men and Women have equal opportunity in Oz.

    So I dont see the point of this article ? Do women want more ??? How NOT surprising !!!
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    4:02pm
    But they Don't get "equal opportunity" in OZ, Solomon. Do some research, mostly All Men in TOP jobs in OZ. Even Julia was "Pushed" out by, "MEN".
    KSS
    24th Sep 2014
    4:05pm
    After Ms Gillard pushed out a MAN Brissyblond.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    4:26pm
    Blondie - did you ever think that perhaps there are currently more men in top jobs, coz in the real world - one driven by profits and shareholders - we want the best person for the job.
    I dont invest in a company so they can hire incompetent people - men or women
    OzzieOzzie
    25th Sep 2014
    11:35am
    Are you in the "real" world Solomon? I hope you are doing well. The "Best" person to Run this country OZ is a Real person, a "Woman"
    Kezzo
    24th Sep 2014
    3:31pm
    There will never be equality for women with men ..... not as long as men get erections looking at women ... We have truly forgotten why we humans are on this earth ,,,, To procreate ,,, All this other garbage you read and are told about ir what it is Garbage ... Men have sex with women to create more men and women .... the rest is garbage ....
    Kezzo
    24th Sep 2014
    3:37pm
    I over heard a comment I had not heard since my teenage years ,,, now 65 ...
    '''''If women did not have a vagina men would have nothing to do with them""
    Sad to say after so long alive that comment seems to be very true.
    They are like naughty children ... the more you give them the more they want and if they dont get it they put on a little tantrum .... You will never have equality, Why, you may ask...
    the answer is simple
    you are female
    OzzieOzzie
    25th Sep 2014
    2:48pm
    Haha, if women didn't have a Vagina the Males wouldn't be here commenting.
    Grappler didn't reply to mine. Is today his "Rest" day
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    3:42pm
    Don't you have anything else to do with your life "Grappler" but Grapple? Have you eaten today? Best you have something to eat and find something else to do.
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    4:11pm
    Bye All I have better things to do than sit here and read all this "rubbish". Males are just Jealous because Females are the" Stronger" SEX
    miss aisle
    24th Sep 2014
    3:45pm
    Those responsible for horrendous threats to Emma must be so fearful of losing their
    manhood/power, so scared of not being the dominant partner, that they feel they must
    respond with violent threats & intimidation.
    It doesn't take many words to scare some men.
    She spoke with sensitivity about men & women and the potential for improvement.

    Words from men like Tom Tank show strength & quiet self confidence.
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    3:49pm
    Grappler.. read your Last Post on here. You have been on here toooooo long, you don't know what you are saying any more. hehehe

    "Zmample of me blooks", what is that Gobble de Gook??
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    4:35pm
    I that a pic of your mansion Blondie?

    Are you single ?

    24th Sep 2014
    4:05pm
    PC gone mad.
    The public service is full of incompetent women in high paying positions. Jobs they would never get on merit in the private sector.
    OzzieOzzie
    24th Sep 2014
    4:17pm
    Solomon, the Public Service, what Public Service, there is NO "Service". I am dealing with that Dept at the present moment. They are ALL Incompetent. Are you a "Public Servant" Solomon?? hehehe You Must be
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    4:23pm
    Told you - filled with incompetent women

    No blondhead, I live overseas.
    KSS
    24th Sep 2014
    7:01pm
    No Solomon, the public service is full of incompetents in high paying positions. Jobs they would never get in the private sector. Full stop.

    Nothing female about it.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    7:16pm
    Can't disagree with you there. But they hire more women than in the real world. Affirmative action and ll that b/s
    Mar
    24th Sep 2014
    4:34pm
    Why can't men and women just respect each other as individuals who are equals that compliment and enhance each other's existence. The differences in gender are what makes the world go round, each has their place in the world and need each others caring and support, one for another. In this day and age sexism should not exist, it's like racism, all it does is destroy not build. How many more generations will perpetuate this way of life. Emma is obviously trying to make sense of it.Thank god some of our youngsters are still challenging this way of thinking.
    Foxy
    24th Sep 2014
    5:15pm
    ....agree's totally! Nice post! :-)
    Adrianus
    27th Sep 2014
    12:13pm
    Mar, very well put!! I share your view entirely.
    lindylou
    24th Sep 2014
    4:57pm
    Because of all the hard work of the Pankhursts, Suffragettes, and Feminists from the middle of last century, women have achieved a semblance of parity with men in some areas. These include the right to vote, to own property in their own name, have lines of credit available and be responsible for their own debts, and to have the 'same work same pay' legislation brought in. These markers of success veil the actual treatment of women in the home, the workforce, and society in general. Proof of this lies in the continual report of rape and assault in the media and the courts. Where is all the work falling down? In the minds of men like Grappler, women just like to behave like the little whining children he sees them as. These such men will clone themselves and keep the lack of value for women in society at a subversive level that is the equivalent of support for domestic violence. Forget walking a mile in our shoes. Take a year of living as a woman and experience our treatment. Sorry, they wouldn't last long enough in the role. They'd find it too demeaning, excuse themselves by saying their treatment had been over the top, and wasn't reality, and stay the same opinionated people as before. Before the 'man hater' label is slapped on me, I wish to point out that I am married, 46th anniversary on Sunday, and have more than 10 male friends of varying ages. At least the younger males show more respect for women than do Grappler and his ilk on the whole.
    Anonymous
    24th Sep 2014
    5:15pm
    "Proof of this lies in the continual report of rape and assault in the media and the courts"

    Really lindylou !!!

    So because we have a few maniacs and perverts running around commiting these attrocites thats proof to you that women do not have equality

    Grappler is right - you are whining and giving feminism a bad name

    If you are being demeaned in the home, why are you still married. Take charge of your life instead of whining
    biddi
    24th Sep 2014
    5:25pm
    If not me, then who?
    If not now, then when?
    Wonderful words!
    KSS
    24th Sep 2014
    5:56pm
    Grappler has written before that he has been 'taken to the cleaners' by women in the past. That of course will colour his outlook. And frankly I have some sympathy for him for that. Just as I have sympathy for men who come off second best in a divorce where there are children that the woman uses as pawns in her own game. BUT, men behave just as badly, hiding assets, failing to make payments for children, failing to acknowledge children are his, not mention the other more violent acts some men are guilty of, bashings, rapes, assaults and the like. It all goes to show, men and women are equally capable of behaving badly.

    That said, although women have come a long way in gaining equality, yes we have the right to an education, the right to work, the right to vote, the right to inherit, the right to our own money and many other examples, there are still areas that need attention. Equal pay is one of them. University graduates with the same degree are still paid differently with women usually paid less then men all else being equal.

    Feminism is not about hating men, nor is it about trying to be superior. It is about being able to have the same opportunities as men, the same wage for the same work, the same freedoms and the same constraints.

    The one thing that women are better at then men, is banding together and forming a cohesive group with good communication skills giving them the ability to effect change - Breast Cancer is a good example of this. Men need to analyse how to do this and put in place their own strategies for change in a calm, logical and persuasive manner. The 'all women are whining gold-digging bitches' just won't cut it.
    OzzieOzzie
    25th Sep 2014
    10:28am
    I agree with all you have said KSS. Especially the last paragraph.
    And, Communication for ALL.
    OzzieOzzie
    25th Sep 2014
    2:42pm
    I WONDER WHY Grappler has been "Taken to the Cleaners", hehe
    Adrianus
    24th Sep 2014
    6:18pm
    I agree! Let's have more women world chess champions.
    KSS
    24th Sep 2014
    6:52pm
    Yup!
    OzzieOzzie
    25th Sep 2014
    2:43pm
    Yeh Yeh and More Women "Running our Country" Stand up for our Women.
    Adrianus
    27th Sep 2014
    11:55am
    Emma has a couple of good points.
    The women's struggle for equality has got off track and been hijacked by "Feminists" using the cause for other agendas like politics or male bashing.

    I honestly thought this gender inequality was mostly in Muslim countries, because I have not seen it first hand in Australia. However, as Emma stated "their is not a single country in the world which has gender equality."
    Now there's a sobering thought?
    I thought it was against industrial law in Australia to underpay on the basis of gender? There it is? I wonder why Julia Gillard, given her pro women's rights attitude, didn't do something about that when given the opportunity? I wonder why we have never seen examples of that?
    Our Public Service is 60% female, surely somebody there could have brought it to our attention?
    Emma is one of the few women I've heard on the subject who has not used the opportunity to downgrade men.
    Aurora60
    24th Sep 2014
    7:48pm
    wonderful speech and if enough people are willing to act upon her words, gender equality is on its way to change the inconsistencies which we have at present.
    Desiree
    25th Sep 2014
    10:44am
    What a great speech from someone so young. Lets hope this speech reaches a lot of people and makes them think and act to ensure their children are benefited by these thoughts and hopefully actions of mankind.
    maggie01
    25th Sep 2014
    2:21pm
    You know! after reading all this, I weep for the Pankhursts, suffragettes and feminists, and all who have gone before me.
    These people put their lives on the line literally for equality for women and yet all these years later we haven't come all that far.
    I can only say to educate our families and VOTE in all elections, it shocks me to hear that a lot of women do not vote, this is the way to power, so please! vote.
    wally
    25th Sep 2014
    4:32pm
    One can only wonder what sort of people are making these threats. Is it possible that the threats and abuse are coming from the same people that think it is OK to murder young school girls for daring to say they want an education? Perhaps these "men" need to grow out of their inferiority complexes regarding the way they deal with women. An over emphasis on banning women from doing everything from driving cars to performing surgical operations suggests a dark ages mentality (out of fear of being shown up by a woman) that most western societies grew out of in the 19thCentury.


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