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#HeForShe: A load of bollocks

We’re having a bitchfight at Reprobait; this time we’re talking about the effectiveness of the recently kickstarted #HeForShe campaign, fronted by Emma Watson.  We’re divided into two camps.  Ami digs it, but Anisa? She’s not so keen.  Take a peek at both sides and see who you wanna sit with.  Read Ami’s counter argument here.

Harry Potter star Emma Watson recently gave a speech at a U.N meeting to announce the start of the HeForShe campaign. Unsurprisingly, this exploded all over social media. Slacktivists everywhere shared and liked the awe-inspiring video of an ambitious middle-class white girl giving us examples of times she had suffered due to gender inequality.

Watson delivered the speech nervously but with strength of conviction, which came across well to the general public, who largely commended the inspiring words of such a young women. Watson invited men worldwide to join the fight for equality and took care to explain that the term “feminist” is not synonymous with “man-hater”. Her speech brought feminism to the forefront of our minds as it began to trend worldwide and generate interest.

Emma Watson utilised the chance of a lifetime to speak out to real activists from all over the world, yet overall, the speech was disappointing.

The suffragettes took action; they used brute force, they starved themselves, harassed politicians and set fire to buildings. You would not have wanted to fuck with Emmeline Pankhurst and her clique and they were ultimately successful in securing votes for women. It seems highly unlikely to me that an inviting speech would have had the same effect back then.

It is the 21st century; and women in Saudi Arabia aren’t even allowed to vote, drive or swim; almost 60% of Ethiopian women are reported to have been subjected to sexual assault; from 2011-2012 64,514 cases of rape were reported in South Africa; we are still fighting to put laws in place to stop female genital mutilation. Oh, and Emma Watson told us she was called ‘bossy’ for wanting to direct her school plays.

Most women in these countries suffering from real gender inequality are too scared to really report what is happening due to the lack of laws protecting them from their corrupt governments.

Perhaps it is time we took action on the real issues of the world rather than discussing gender specific bloody pink and blue toys. Many countries seem to still be living in the Stone Age; I’d like to see if Watson’s speech has altered the view of husbands imprisoning their wives in Saudi Arabia or if it has made the religious police and hundreds of corrupt police in Africa think, ‘You know what? She’s got a point. Let’s give women rights.’

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History only serves to teach us, that it does not work this way. The suffragettes did not ask – they demanded. The French Revolution would not have taken place because of someone simply making a speech. We need action; boycott the countries that treat women appallingly, or perhaps stop selling weapons to them. You have to piss more than a few people off to make real change happen.

 Head over here to read what Ami has to say, and let us know your feels on twitter.




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    […] We’re having a bitchfight at Reprobait; this time we’re talking about the effectiveness of the recently kickstarted #HeForShe campaign, fronted by Emma Watson.  We’re divided into two camps.  Ami digs it, but Anisa? She’s not so keen.  Take a peek at both sides and see who you wanna sit with.  Read Anisa’s counter argument here. […]


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