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On September 21, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson stood up at the UN Headquarters in New York City and delivered a powerful speech condemning the harm that gender discrimination causes to both men and women, and inviting men to become active participants in the global struggle for equality. The next day, anonymous individuals set up a website targeting Watson with sexual threats, counting down the five days until, presumably, her private nude images will be made public. Users on the 4chan message board took credit for creating the site, which featured the 4chan logo.
In her famous 1996 commencement address, writer Nora Ephron warned the new graduates of Wellesley college that they were entering a world that was hostile to women’s achievements and begged them to “take it personally.”
"Understand," she said, "every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you." We must all take such attacks personally, she argued: "Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: Get back, get back to where you once belonged."
The threats against Watson are an attack on me — and I take them personally. We all need to.
The site threatening Watson was greeted with glee on 4chan and Reddit, where commenters explicitly stated their hope that the threats would force her to abandon her feminist campaigning. “If only her nudes got leaked and she had the load on her face. Her feminism kick would be over,” a commenter wrote. “If this is true her recent feminism rally is going to be shutdown hard,” wrote another. “Feminism,” one 4chan user opined, “is a growing cancer.”
This makes me violently angry.
THIS. THIS RIGHT FUCKING HERE.
Gentlemen, the next time you wonder why women are standoffish, why we don’t trust you, why we don’t appreciate random touching, why we won’t date you, why we go to the bathroom in groups, why we don’t want you to buy us a drink, why we get so pissed off over “compliments” shouted from passing cars, why we carry our keys like weapons, and walk around at night like we expect to be shot at….
…THIS IS FUCKING WHY.
Because some of your jerkwad brethren think it is proper and acceptable to respond to a woman’s demand for respect and equal treatment BY THREATENING HER WITH PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ASSAULT.
And don’t even give me that “not all men” crap. When we walk down the street, there aren’t signs over men’s heads that proclaim the likelihood of whether or not they’d beat or rape us if given a chance. So we are forced to assume the worst AT ALL TIMES. Men that we see in public are generally sorted into two categories: Known Safe Party and Potential Rapist. And what’s really sad is that a fair number of those we assume are safe to be around are the ones who wouldn’t hesitate if we were passed out on the couch.
It’s even worse if we decide to be vocal and visible. The second we open our mouths, dress the way we want to, or say “no,” we become targets for ignorant, entitled shitheads who don’t think we have the right to own our words, our jobs, our accomplishments, our bodies, our lives.
So when we say, “Men are assholes,” THIS IS WHY.
You don’t like it? Then fucking change your behavior.
Also if you yell at me from your car, approach me in the dark, stand too close, creepily stare at me, push through my boundaries and try to cajole me to let you buy me a drink when I’ve said no, I take all these acts as signs that you’re one of those dudes who I gotta protect myself from. These are the signs. So don’t be a baby when women get upset and defensive. Every one of these acts of disrespect, ever single microaggression is proof of something more dangerous lurking right underneath the surface. Stop being so surprised that, when you act like a creepy asshole, we assume you’re a rapist.