It’s a sad fact that if you are prepared to stand up for what you believe in you will get attacked. Not just a debating of your views, which one must expect, but personal attacks. These are all the more vicious if you are female: women’s voices are not heard easily. (See Mary Beard on this – Do You Listen to Women?)
The actor, Emma Watson, has been experiencing this lately. She has spoken up for gender equality in a speech to the UN. Everyone, of course, has the right to disagree with her views. She went out of her way to say feminism and gender equality is not about men hating and talked of the impact of inequality on men and young boys too. That hasn’t stopped her being the target of much on line abuse.
Which is why I’m writing this post. Emma, thank you for taking this stance. I am sorry and appalled that you have been subjected to the type of misogynist abuse which rather proves your point. This is my humble attempt to redress some of the balance. There are many more ‘silent’ supporters of your views than detractors. We support you and applaud you.
‘Harry Potter girl’, you are doing something very valuable, please keep speaking out about gender equalities and lang may yer lum reek!
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Posted on September 25th, 2014 by Jane