To me, this is a glaring evidence that WE NEED FEMINISM. By “we” I mean everybody, including those who live in the so-called “progressive” countries, where people like to believe that they are free from biases such as sexism and racism. Wake up! Misogyny does not exist only somewhere far away, in African countries or on Mars. In exists right here, right now, and it cannot be tolerated!
Why do men feel that they have the right to shut up a woman who dares to say that all people must be equal, no matter whether they are born with a penis or a vagina? All right, clearly not all men do that, but why do we never hear of women who would use humiliation to intimidate male public figures for something they have said? And why, if we are on the subject, perpetrators or violent crimes are mostly men and victims are overwhelmingly women?
This week I observed high school students who were watching Emma Watson’s video. Do you know what they said afterwards? “Now we see that people need feminism, but luckily not in the U.S. Here men and women are equal”. Hell, no! They are not truly equal neither in the U.S., nor in Great Britain, Russia, France, Finland, China and South Africa. More or less hidden, more or less violent, misogyny exists, and it poisons our world. Attacks on people who speak against it, such as Emma Watson and Anita Sarkeesian, just show how right they are. We must teach our children about feminism and what it stands for, NOW.
I said before that I am not sure whether I can define myself as feminist. So, I have changed my mind. I am a feminist, an anti-genderist, a woman, and much much more. I am proud to be who I am. Viva feminism!
UPDATE: So now some say that the attack was just a hoax, but was it? First of all, using threats against a woman to hoax her or others is bad judgment, to say the least. Second, whoever did that, has just undermined the validity of threats against any woman, even the validity of feminism. Next time a similar thing happens, some people will say "Well, maybe it's just another hoax" and dismiss it, while the threats might be really putting the woman's well-being and/or reputation in danger. Well, one good thing resulted from this "hoax" after all. I decided that I am going to call myself a feminist, and I certainly don't regret that.