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Feminism

Pawan has kindly passed on lots of videos and links to feminism which should be useful to all Sociology students. What the videos show is that feminism is a wide ranging collection of beliefs and that it is very much still relevant today across the world. Thanks Pawan!

tps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9SUAcNlVQ4

 

Emma Watson to United Nations: I’m a feminist
UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gives a speech at an event focusing on gender inequality. More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/ To license this and other …

Some of the quotes I thought were really important/stood out to me the most:

“fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man hating

“women are choosing not to identify as feminist”

“im among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating and anti-men; unattractive, even.”

“i think it is right that women be involved…in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life.”

“No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality”   – this is a very important statement as it shows how even though the world has progressed and closed the gap between the roles of men & women in society, there is still no absolute gender equality anywhere in the world.

“i’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society”  – this again is a very unique but extremely important statement as she clarifies that feminism/gender equality is a men’s issue too. We often tend to concentrate on the role of women and how women don’t have enough rights as men. But we fail to talk about the fact that men are also facing this issue. A mother’s role is seen as more important as a parent than a father’s [note: as a parent – not just the father’s role in the family which some could argue being a breadwinner father may be the most important role].
Not only that but Watson continues to talk about how young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help in fear it would make them less of a man. In fact, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men. Watson clearly points out that men don’t have the benefits of equality either.
Society has apparently decided that men and women have separate conjugal roles – linking this to Elizabeth Bott.

My analysis on Emma Watson’s speech about Gender Equality at the UN:

  • Watson is saying that women should fight for equal rights for men and men should fight for equal rights for women.
  • Most feminists (i.e radical feminists) are anti-men nowadays.
  • Watson said that many things need to change for BOTH sexes, all across the world. She spoke in a very positive and intelligent manner, but as soon as people see the word “feminist” they automatically freak out and get angry.
  • Someone in the comments section wrote “women are not oppressed in first world countries any more than men are” however this can be disagreed as there are quite a few men’s issues that need to be changed but not even near the level of women’s issues. For example, 1 out of 3 women experience sexual abuse at least once in their lives. Yet, sexual abuse happens to men too but not even close to the amount that happens to women – not saying that just because it doesn’t happen as often, it’s not an issue.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMDZ6xxBOg0

UKIP’s Nigel Farage vs loud Feminazi
Is she capable of doing anything except for shouting “SHAME ON YOU!”? Perhaps she might want to try actually making some points next time?

I just think it’s shocking how anti-feminist everyone is in the comment’s section and the original poster… Fair enough she wasn’t making the best of points but her arguments were still valid.

And finally…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n9IOH0NvyY

Why Gender Equality Is Good for Everyone — Men Included …
Yes, we all know it’s the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and …
i LOVE this one. i feel like out of all the videos above, this video would have the most impact on people’s views of feminism.
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Sociology and Media Studies teacher at Hazelwick School, West Sussex. Former teacher at Felpham Community College and Doha College

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