Emma Watson’s speech before the UN has spurred the ugliest of the Internet to raise its nasty head.
Not long after Watson’s speech calling for gender equality, a website was launched “targeting Watson with sexual threats, counting down the five days until, presumably, her private nude images will be made public.”
How sick is that?
I hope this only fuels Emma’s passion to raise her voice against the oppression of women all of the world. I know it has amped me up!
The very thing she is fighting is coming against her. Amanda Taub of Vox said it perfectly:
“Those threats and attacks are especially powerful, because they are aided by the pervasive, deeply-held idea that women have a responsibility to alter their behavior in order to avoid sexual violence.”
“Those three problems — women being threatened, women being pressured to change their own behavior to avoid sexual assault, and women being told that they don’t deserve protection unless they stay pure and ladylike — are all individually terrible. But together, they add up to something even worse: a vicious cycle that pressures women out of public life. When we tell women that the threats and attacks they experience are their own fault, for failing to be sufficiently chaste or failing to take “responsible” precautions, we are telling them that they are on their own: that they cannot rely on society’s protection against those crimes.”
This reminds me of the rationale and reasoning that is used with rape victims.
- “She was asking for it.”
- “Why was she dressed like that?”
- “Why did she lead him on?”
And on and on it goes.
Emma’s voice of equality needs to be trumpeted and I think it is our responsibility to ensure her (and those that raise their voice) safety and defense. Not to say that women are weak and defenseless, but that our world is in a position where men generally dominate and rule with violence and power. Both men and women—but especially men—need to stand against this dynamic.
It’s time for men to start manning up.