So, this week’s news in feminism is that Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame gave an impassioned speech advocating for gender equality. The response of some internet troll: He plans to post naked pictures of Ms. Watson that he got somewhere.
The video of the speech is all over the internet: Why not just post, “I know you are but what am I?” in the comments section?
The Revenge Porn – Celebrity Porn trend is one of the cruder and more tasteless uses of the internet. We’re all naked under our clothes and more or less have the same parts—unless you are completely unburdened by imagination, you know what someone else looks like naked, or have a pretty good idea. That’s not to say that it is in any way a minor violation of trust or privacy to reveal such images—it is a truly a disgusting practice and those who do so should be found, stopped and punished.
There is, in the would-be perpetrators threat a certain justification of Ms. Watson’s comments. A woman says, “men and women should be equal sooner rather than later, and everyone man and woman should be concerned.” The response is exposing her privacy, a not so subtle shut up and get in the kitchen.
Because she said something. A rhetorical call to action. An expression of concern. A vision.
Wow. Why not label her a common scold and put a muzzle on her?
Ladies, be warned. Famous or anonymous, young or old, wealthy or poor, a lot of males are not trustworthy, are not honorable. They will hurt you as an expression of their own weakness and self-loathing. Because they are males and they have reached the age of majority and that is it.
To wax traditional and risk raising the progressive ire of She for whom I advocate and her posse, if you believe that Men are honorable and take care women and children and bring home the bacon and maybe even fry it up in a pan when needed, many of the males you will encounter in your teen years and beyond who you may colloquially think of as men, are males, but not Men. They are not responsible. They are not caring. They are not honorable. They are not diligent or trustworthy.
They are small, vindictive, greedy people. They will use you. They will view you as an object to use for their benefit. They will hurt you to protect themselves or if they think it will provide them an advantage.
They will violate your trust, they will take money from you, they will hurt you physically, they may even kill you. They may get you in legal trouble and even land you in jail, they may pass around naked pictures of you. Sadly, some of them will even drive women they once claimed to love to suicide, drive them away from children and family, ruin their work lives and personal lives.
You get the idea.
I’m not the biggest fan of rhetoric and I’m a bit vague on how one implements Ms. Watson’s vision. In other words, I have my own critique of her speech, if not in theme in the details. I appreciate, however, the debate she opens and look forward to future voices in the dialogue that address the ideas.
As for cheap intimidation tactics, perhaps there is a dysfunctional prep school cheerleading team that needs a captain.