Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Harry Potter girl rants at the UN

A dopey Harry Potter girl now speaks for UN Women:
Watch Emma Watson Deliver a Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N.

Earlier this summer, fresh from college graduation, Emma Watson, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. ...

The actress gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. headquarters in New York this weekend to launch the “HeForShe” campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally.

Watson’s speech, which was met with a thunderous standing ovation, ...
Here is her speech:
I was appointed six months ago and 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.”

I started questioning gender-based assumptions when at eight I was confused at being called “bossy,” because I wanted to direct the plays we would put on for our parents — but the boys were not.

When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the press.

When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscly.”

When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings.

I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.

Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.
She says that feminism means equal rights and opportunities, but that has little to do with her gripes. Do boys complain about being called bossy or being sexualized? Did those girls have an opportunity to play sports? Does she really want those 18yo boys to express their feelings?

Here is the video.
In 1997, Hilary Clinton made a famous speech in Beijing about women’s rights. Sadly many of the things she wanted to change are still a reality today.

But what stood out for me the most was that only 30 per cent of her audience were male. How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?
I am surprised that the male attendance was as high as 30%. Why would some Chinese man want to hear Hillary Clinton babble about women's rights?

Her web site says:
A Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality

Now it’s time to unify our efforts. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other of humanity, for the entirety of humanity.
So gender equality means that one half the planet supports the other half?!

She does give some lip service to men's rights, but this UN group is not going to do anything about that. It is all about promoting special privileges for women.

If you like female rants, there are women's sites that are orders of magnitude more popular then the men's sites. Here are some recommended articles from one:
Bra Company May Finally Have Your Boobs Figured Out

You've Been Pooping All Wrong

We Need to Talk About Women Who Regret Motherhood

Over 22 Years Old? Men Find You Less and Less Attractive Every Day.

What Former Sluts Tell Their Daughters About Sex

Your Boobs Are Poised for a Major Breakthrough

Out With the Old, In With the New

​How to Get Over an Ex By Obsessing About Them Even More

Dear Men: Having a Daughter Does Not Make You a Girl Expert

You Prefer to Date Fat Guys So You Don't Feel So Bad About Yourself
There is some crazy stuff there.

Update: Dilbert criticizes her.

So does CH:
The first quote, from this past Tuesday’s gender equality speech (guffaw), reads “If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive.”

(Never mind that this assertion makes absolutely no sense if you think about it for longer than a second.)

The second attribution, from two years ago, reads “But now Emma Watson has said she doubts she will date a British man ever again – because they are too shy. [...] Instead an American will come up to her straight away and suggest a date – a boldness she finds attractive.”

#HeForShe? More like #HeForHeadCases. ...

He is right about that. Female advice is very often contradicted by behavior.

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