Defend Emma Watson

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September 23, 2014 by Roe

Read: Vox – The sexual threats against Emma Watson are an attack on every woman

The title of this article really says it all.

This is appalling. An outrage. A war. A clear indication that everything is not alright, especially within the arena of gender politics.

I feel gutted; I do take this personally.

Watson is not the only one being told to “get back” by misogynists who wield sexual terror as a weapon. She is in the company of many other women, all over the world, who have made the decision to participate in public life and suffered the consequences

I don’t know why others delight in this sort of thing (4chan, et al). I suppose it gives misogynist predators a false sense of power, an elevated sense of self. And although I do not condone or support the taking of nudes photos (mostly because it is the 21st century, people! As seen here and on other occasions, if you take photos on your mobile or computer device, they do have the potentiality to be discovered! Nothing is safe), if said photos are said to surface Emma Watson should not be at all ashamed, as the female body is a beautiful thing, and she is a beautiful girl.

To those who decide to view said photos if they surface, you are participating in a degradation of our culture by objectifying another. It is a violent act to view something so personal, not intended for your eyes that it is by definition a violation, an invasion of privacy. It is a degradation of yourself and the pathetic human being you have become.

Though we’ve never met, I’ve always considered Emma Watson a friend. With her involvement within the Harry Potter franchise, which I so adored at its inception (and of course am still a fan of), I feel as though I’ve grown up with her. She is only 6 months older than I am. The compassion I have for her doesn’t need to be rooted in an actual acquaintance; I will always defend her and rejoice at her triumphs.

Truth is, Emma put herself out there as a vulnerable human being by supporting He For She. And what I mean by that is, she didn’t have to do this. No one forced her into becoming a UN Goodwill Ambassador. She understood and sympathized with the global struggle what it is to be female, having experienced injustices and difficulties herself. She did this as an act of kindness. And how is she treated? Her entire message and errand of peace obliterated, by threats to objectify her body via releasing nude photos (if they exist, taken with assumed privacy).

Men (involved in this horrible scandal or who intend to view the photos if released), we have called on you to help and assist us with becoming full equals in this world, and you have disappointed us once again. The blood of this ongoing gender equality struggle is on your hands. To the “activists from Syria, to Sudan, to the Congo, raped in prison…[along with the] South African lesbians, raped to “correct” their sexuality”, this is your doing. You continue to participate in the perpetual cycle of victimizing women and bringing more discord (instead of peace) to the world.

Emma Watson makes a wonderful UN Goodwill Ambassador. If the campaign she champions is successful, she will have done tremendous good in the world. There is nothing about her private, consensual sexual life that has any bearing on the value of her work, the validity of her feminist views, or her integrity as a person. If her stolen nude photos are leaked on the internet in retaliation for her work, that will not mean that she was irresponsible or reckless, it will mean that she is brave

Women, we must hold our heads high and support each other.

Some days we are all we have to fall back on.

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