Emma Watson Gives Emotional, Powerful Speech at U.N. About Gender Inequality (Transcript)


#1

*Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, ‘too aggressive,’ isolating and anti-men, unattractive, even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?

I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body, I think [applause break] … I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and the decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men."
"But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.*
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#2

Very powerful - as an example of the lack of originality in our modern discourse. She sounds like a broken record. We’ve been hearing this vapid drivel for decades now. But, it is good timing for the war on women narrative that will try to convince non- thinking voters to vote Democrat for the mid terms.

Ishii


#3

Way to go Hermione! I’ve always liked Emma. A month or so ago I really liked a picture I saw of her laughing in Turkey, which I believe the President said something like “Women shouldn’t laugh or it should be against the law to laugh in Turkey”. Well played Emma!


#4

What exactly do you disagree with what she said?


#5

Very much a speech written from a western woman’s perspective.

How about bringing up the countries, cultures and practises which treat women no better than cattle? Where genital mutilation is accepted and widespread? Countries and cultures which promote honor killings, where women are held accountable for adultery and not men? Where they can’t drive, where they can’t vote, where they are required to be escorted by male relatives? The immigrant Pakistani rape culture in Rotherham England-- and undoubtedly we’ll find it in more cities.

forbes.com/sites/rogerscruton/2014/08/30/why-did-british-police-ignore-pakistani-gangs-raping-rotherham-children-political-correctness/

What she said was nice, but talking about being labled bossy isn’t really a concern for the women suffering much worse oppression.


#6

Very much a speech written from a western woman’s perspective.

How about bringing up the countries, cultures and practises which treat women no better than cattle? Where genital mutilation is accepted and widespread? Countries and cultures which promote honor killings, where women are held accountable for adultery and not men? Where they can’t drive, where they can’t vote, where they are required to be escorted by male relatives? The immigrant Pakistani rape culture in Rotherham England-- and undoubtedly we’ll find it in more cities.

forbes.com/sites/rogerscruton/2014/08/30/why-did-british-police-ignore-pakistani-gangs-raping-rotherham-children-political-correctness/

What she said was nice, but talking about being labled bossy isn’t really a concern for the women suffering much worse oppression.


#7

Given that she is a woman, raised in the West with all of its privileges, perhaps this is not surprising.

I think that is a good point, but does it invalidate what she did talk about? Are you objecting to what she said, or merely wishing she had said more?


#8

They NEVER complain about sexism in other parts of the world. It’s only the white male “patriarchy” that is evil. The rest of the world are allowed to do it because of their culture or whatever.

The war on women in the West is non-existent. Women get many benefits that men don’t and the right to kill a baby is not the right to your body. Saying that you have a right to do what you want with your body means that punching people to death is also perfectly fine.


#9

What is there to praise? Sorry if I am mistaken, but this moral equivalence among all nations is sickening and absurd. Now, if she specifically attacked radical Islam, I’d be in the front row of her cheering section. But women in America do NOT receive unequal pay for equal work with same length of service in America. This canard is but one Big LIe of the feminists which compares men who have never left the workforce, and who have chosen more physical and dangerous occupations with women who temporarily left for child rearing and those who work in less arduous fields.
When one compares apples to apples, there is rough equivalence in pay and benefits. In fact, even 30 years ago, single and childless women actually earned more than their male counterparts. :o Rob


#10

No, I like what she said as far is it went. I thought it was good she pointed out that there are disparities with men being unequally affected by suicide. She could have brought up more but I don’t think it was necessary.

But, I don’t think it went far enough. There are travesties being carried out against women around the world. I didn’t mention the kidnapping and slavery/forced marriages above. It’s very hard for women around the world to take feminism seriously when the west focuses on the debate of whether the academics promoting/teaching in the colleges that all hetoronormative sex is rape/all men are rapists, that only lesbianism is non-oppresssive represents true feminism, or whether the woman on the street just wanting equal pay, opportunity and respect does.


#11

I think it depends on what she meant by “I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body”.

Such rhetoric has been co-opted by pro-choice movement, ignoring the rights of the child in the case of abortion. So it depends on what’s meant there.


#12

I think it is most likely she means she should be allowed to abort a baby since the “my body” idiom is firmly grounded in the abortion movement. If so, it remains sad that “feminists,” even ones like Watson who insist she’s not a man-hater, define themselves so foundationally on abortion.


#13

:thumbsup:


#14

Part of the problem with this speech — and part of the reason that many people are reluctant to identify as feminist — is that that term feminist has become so broad as to become meaningless. Feminism has become a bad word because many people disagree with some policy, ideology or belief that finds itself in the feminist umbrella. For many people, including myself, the bad apples have spoiled tree.


#15

I think it’s sad that Emma has to associate herself with the abortion industry in order to paint herself as an egalitarian.

I also think it’s sad that many of you are willing to engage with others about the oppression of women only if it scores you some points against the rotten Muslims.


#16

The same could be said for the word “Christian,” yet I do not think the word should be abandoned. The number of rotten Christians should not be presumed to spoil the whole barrel.


#17

I’m not sure that the two are equivalent. Christian is more of an umbrella term (I can be Catholic-Christian, Orthodox-Christian, etc.) whereas while feminism can be considered an umbrella there doesn’t seem to be a way to easily distinguish one’s self from forms of objectionable feminism that most people associate with the term. That’s not to say that those terms don’t exist, but they really haven’t entered into common usage.


#18

Ouch! Now THAT’s an equal opportunity beat - down! Nice job!

My take is that there’s nothing objectively wrong with her speech as quoted, but it is sad that she’s chosen to utilize language that has long been known as code words for a TRULY anti-feminine agenda. GK Chesterton once said something like “Reformers are usually right about what is wrong, but are almost always wrong about what is right.”

Feminists rightly pointed out that in Western Civilization men all too often assumed and/or asserted that the roles women have always played were of lesser importance than those played by men. Unfortunately, the modern feminists have largely AGREED with the misogynists and declared that a woman who expends most of her adult life on child rearing is “wasting her potential.”

Women indeed must be “empowered to make their own decisions in career, in sexuality and in life.” But those decisions can’t be made at the expense of others’ rights any more than men’s can. Nor should anyone who choses to be a doctor or Supreme Court justice imagine that he/she has chosen a more significant role than that of mother. Now THAT would be a feminist revolution.


#19

Well, which Christian group oppresses women today? Who exactly is she talking about? The only point that she is making is a flailing one, against God and biology. The notion that for a woman to be equal, she must support the possible destruction of her own flesh and blood is misguided. For all her native intelligence, she has managed managed to adopt the mantra of the brainwashed pawns of the left. :ouch:


#20

Other than the allusion to pro-abortion mentality. I also have some issues with some of her other words, but assuming it was objectively fine –*part of the problem with it is it’s unspecificity. She claims she’s trying to advance the idea of equality and fairness for both genders. Great. We all agree. Can we see what she is proposing to ensure this? Nebulous comments about the same “respect” don’t tell us much.


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