If you’re a decent human being reading this, which I’m sincerely hoping you are, then you have watched and applauded Emma Watson’s amazing and much needed speech about equality among genders in her campaign, HeForShe. In her speech, Watson talked about how feminism is a human rights issue that requires the participation of both genders, hence, He For She.
“The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized 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.’”
If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle.”
Here’s a video of her speech to remind you the strong importance of what she is trying to inspire in her position as UN Ambassador:
In what is disturbing news, but not all too surprising considering the rise of the dark corners of humanity bonding together on the internet, Watson is becoming the targeted victim of hate/sex crimes. 4chan’s b board responded by threatening to make Watson the next victim of a nude photo leak and have even made a website for it, Emma You Are Next. I’m not going to include the link to the site because I don’t want to generate more traffic for them. But the website isn’t the only thing the members of 4chan are doing. They’ve created a #RipEmma hashtag along with images of a fake report on her death.
The site, Death and Taxes, has some examples of what 4chan members are writing in response to her speech, but as disgusting as they are, the site warns that there are worse to be found. And I don’t even want to take a look.
It’s absolutely disturbing and frightening to know that we still have to deal with people like this that want to keep others down and will use the most virile attacks to do so. These people believe that women can’t be on equal footing with men without it being about some self-absorbed notion or cry for attention. Because us women are such vapid creatures that should only exist to be the trophy of the male. So if we are to speak out on any issue, that means we are allowed to be harassed and abused for it. And any man that does what Watson implores, to help gender equality happen, is just in it for the sex.
Dear 4chan users and anyone else that is against gender equality (that goes for men AND women) and is participating in any activity that harasses a woman (Gamer Gate, The Fappening), grow the fuck up. The world does not revolve around your sexual organs and the attention it needs to feel significant. Your place in the world is determined by the actions that you do, not by who you can tear down to climb up higher on the sick and twisted social ladder that only exists in your community. How you are able to live each day with these backward notions is absolutely mind boggling.
If anything, this hateful campaign against Emma Watson only further proves what HeForShe is trying to achieve. Equality that includes women and men working together for a better future for all involved and banishes the idea that Feminism is about hating men.
I implore everyone to share Emma Watson’s campaign to help make gender equality a reality. Every step we take in promoting HeForShe will help deteriorate the actions of the members of 4chan that just want to spread hate and idiocy, and pave a better path for our future.
Source (Death and Taxes, The Mary Sue)