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“I want men to take up this mantle,” said Watson. “So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.”
Well, apparently, her moving speech really offended those who would rather women refrain from speaking out against gender discrimination. Some took to 4chan and threatened to release nude photos of Watson online, linking to a website called Emma You Are Next with a countdown clock on it.
“It is real and going to happen this weekend,” one of the 4chan comments read, according to website Death and Taxes. “That feminist bitch Emma is going to show the world she is as much of a whore as any woman.” Another commenter likened feminism to cancer, reports Vox. Users are also trying to spread fake Photoshopped announcements that Watson died, with an #RIPEmmaWatson hashtag.
What these people don’t realize is they are the reason why we need powerful speeches like Watson’s. She said that because she is a feminist, she is often seen as “too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and unattractive.” For saying that, she was then attacked — as being too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and unattractive.
“I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men,” said Watson in her speech. Then, in response, 4chan users showed their “respect” by attempting to use alleged nude photos as a weapon of shame against her.
“But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights,” continued Watson. “No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.”
Thanks for proving her point, sexists.
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