What’s Feminist About Equality? | Finn Mackay | TEDxCoventGardenWomen

  • Published on Dec 7, 2017
  • In this thought provoking talk, Finn Mackay debunks myths and misunderstandings about feminism. In particular, Finn challenges our understanding of feminism as being about equality. She demonstrates instead how it is a revolutionary movement that seeks to dismantle structural inequalities. Dr. Finn Mackay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England in Bristol. In her spare time she wrote a book on radical feminism, which is originally titled ‘Radical Feminism’ and published by Palgrave. In 2004 Finn founded the London Feminist Network and was part of reviving the women’s Reclaim the Night march against all forms of male violence against women and children. A regular speaker, writer and commentator on social justice issues, Finn can be found tweeting and blogging on many subjects including masculinities, animal rights and cat memes. She thinks the recent decision by John Lewis to make all children’s clothes available to all children is just fine This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

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  • Jeronimo Tamayo Lopera
    Jeronimo Tamayo Lopera 11 hours ago


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    Jeronimo Tamayo Lopera 11 hours ago


  • cleo elana
    cleo elana 14 hours ago

    It’s called feminism because it’s that feminine traits that are discriminated against. Women being feminine and men being feminine. The word feminism was coined by Charles Fourier in 1837, a French philosopher who advocated for the emancipation of women. The focus is on the feminine because that’s was being pushed down. However, focusing on the feminism does not mean we’re only focusing on women. Men are belittled and called “less of a man” anytime they display a trait that is associated with femininity. Feminism is about raising up things associated with female to have an equal place in society as things associated with males. It’s called feminism, not equalism, because the focus is on raising up and not tearing down. Equalism would suggest that male things need to come down so that female things can meet in the middle. We don’t want men to lower themselve, we just want them to make room for us.

  • amal d
    amal d 19 hours ago


  • Emmanuel John
    Emmanuel John 3 days ago

    Are you against or with feminism reply me if you want. Let is what wins

  • Glesga Boldyin
    Glesga Boldyin 5 days ago

    1 in 4 homeless people is a woman! This is totally unacceptable As a society we need to stand up fir those homeless women and give them a voice they are strong and brave pity men aren't. Down with the patriarchy and capitalist fascism.

  • MsMademoiselle_K
    MsMademoiselle_K 6 days ago

    So what's her point exactly?

  • Fanstar Gaming
    Fanstar Gaming 6 days ago +1

    I reported for terorism

    • Golden Queen
      Golden Queen 4 days ago

      Fanstar Gaming yeah, you’re a scared man, who’s afraid of feminism

  • Senichisun
    Senichisun 7 days ago +1

    I was waiting for her to say something good. I waited until the end and I'm still waiting

  • Charlie Ward Games
    Charlie Ward Games 8 days ago +2

    I thought it was a man lool

  • Cowboah
    Cowboah 8 days ago

    Omg thats a woman 😭😭😭

  • Gabriel Reynolds
    Gabriel Reynolds 10 days ago

    Well good for you......... I guess.

  • Snore Lax
    Snore Lax 10 days ago

    Someone drank the koolaid.

  • giovanna Roma
    giovanna Roma 13 days ago +5

    The moment real equality becomes a reality , they will regret it with every bone in their body.What feminists really want;, the power of a man,
    The privilege of a woman
    And the responsibilities of neither..

    • giovanna Roma
      giovanna Roma 3 hours ago

      @Big Dog No maybe next year i will go to the US.But now hookers are my neighbours 😂😂

    • Big Dog
      Big Dog 3 hours ago

      @giovanna Roma dang I thought you was from USA but that would be an idea for a channel lmao 😂😂😂😂

    • giovanna Roma
      giovanna Roma 3 hours ago +2

      @Big Dog I'm from Amsterdam..

    • giovanna Roma
      giovanna Roma 3 hours ago +1

      @Big Dog No clue at all? An anti feminists channel, i would watch that😂

    • Big Dog
      Big Dog 3 hours ago

      @giovanna Roma thanks where are you from I'm from Kentucky

  • AussieBlokeGordo
    AussieBlokeGordo 13 days ago +1

    "It's because I'm a woman" So basically this whole talk is because this cry baby either didn't get the job she wanted or some other position and it absolutely MUST be because she's a woman. There's no chance there was someone better qualified or wasn't going to send the company or business broke with lawsuits from some BS complaint from the HR department

    • AussieBlokeGordo
      AussieBlokeGordo 13 days ago +2

      @giovanna Roma Extremely well put

    • giovanna Roma
      giovanna Roma 13 days ago +3

      What they want is; the power of a man, the privilege of a woman and the responsibilities of neither..
      It's about entitlement and privilege not equality.

  • Bob Burger
    Bob Burger 14 days ago

    Holy the mental illness is real

  • Sanjeev Kumar
    Sanjeev Kumar 14 days ago

    Why don't we just report these videos

  • Jason Lim
    Jason Lim 16 days ago +1

    What's equality to do with feminism and their gaslighting stereotypes?

    • giovanna Roma
      giovanna Roma 13 days ago

      Feminism is about entitlement and privilege ..not equality

  • A F
    A F 16 days ago

    there is a word - egalitarianism. it's been around a while.

  • Benoit Massicotte
    Benoit Massicotte 16 days ago

    What is this... being? Feminism is the most destructive force of this continent.

    • Benoit Massicotte
      Benoit Massicotte 13 days ago +1

      @giovanna Roma ..future of societies that will collapse. The signs are already everywhere. Most of these don't reproduce, so they have a built-in time bomb, fortunately.

    • giovanna Roma
      giovanna Roma 13 days ago

      The future..

  • Ahmed Elsheikh
    Ahmed Elsheikh 16 days ago

    Feminism is a product of individual gender complexes, very mostly generalized to serve individual goals. The negative side effects of feminism is far more than any other "rights" that feminism might claim to protect for women. It is a red flag in the hands of every woman to rise, when needed and women will still don't mind to act feminine to reach out to their goals.
    It is a woman made TABU to claim unequality with male gender.

  • P.A. G.E
    P.A. G.E 17 days ago +2

    Equality more like no rights for men y'all need mental help women have more rights then men women have had more rights than men I don't see how they want more

    • giovanna Roma
      giovanna Roma 6 days ago

      @P.A. G.E I think most girls nowadays are being raised to be entitled bitches that deserve to have everything without having to do anything in return.I feel women think they don't have to appreciate what their boyfriend or husband is doing for them just for the fact that they are a woman .And that behaviour is becoming an epidemic.And i could never have such attitude when i'm in a relationship with someone i love.

    • P.A. G.E
      P.A. G.E 7 days ago +2

      @giovanna Roma whoever is your bf he is probably getting treated like a king

    • P.A. G.E
      P.A. G.E 7 days ago +1

      @giovanna Roma I'm serious though you are very beautiful

    • giovanna Roma
      giovanna Roma 7 days ago

      @P.A. G.E You're making me blush haha xoxo.

    • P.A. G.E
      P.A. G.E 7 days ago

      @giovanna Roma thank you I hope to find a woman with sense one day like you I hope she is at least half as pretty as you 💯

  • Cz Family
    Cz Family 18 days ago

    men still winning

    MICHAEL DAVIS 21 day ago

    Women act too emotional. Their voices are trembly. Do they sound like thy could give orders for war? No! That's one of the reasons a women should Never be president. Women Wo-men, Woman, Wo-man. They were made from man in the Bible by a man's rib. Adam. The woman was deceived first and sinned first and God decided to make man the head of the family and the woman will submit to the man. God said it's shameful for a woman to speak in the church, therefore it would be wrong for a woman to be President for the same reason. I didn't come up with this, God did; Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says and if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church, New King James Version: 1 Corinthians 14:35:

  • My name My last name
    My name My last name 22 days ago +10

    I hope she takes her talk to Saudi Arabia or Iran…

  • titi popa
    titi popa 23 days ago +1

    Men seem to have a problem with feminism...but feminism is not against men...its against those who promote inequality...maybe some people call themselves feminists and say and do certain things but that doesn't define the term...I see a lot of hate coments against women on social media...why...
    A woman cant walk on a road without being catcalled....even in stores its the same...sexist comments...she cant stay out late at night alone even if needed....she cant sleep outside if needed...women live under a lot of limitations...it could differ from country to country but its almost the same everywhere....who is responsible for this situation...now when women try to voice there problems...some men say inequality does not exist...really....

    Everyday in a woman's life is much more difficult than a man's but some men don't understand or try not to...
    Most of the criminals are men...and men crowd roads and public places like they own them...but women dont hate men.
    Even if men have issues...they are very few and nothing compared to the problems faced by a woman.

  • Vaughn Zimmerman
    Vaughn Zimmerman 23 days ago

    If it's about women or men being on top it's also not about equality..
    If women just want more power and not true equality.. when exactly are we going to stop passing the torch and just work together?..

  • Puck Shack
    Puck Shack 24 days ago +2

    So if you want amelioration lets draft women into the army and put them on the front lines for the next 2000 years. Women need to understand being cannon fodder.

    • roger gerritsen
      roger gerritsen 21 day ago +1

      90 percent of construction work is done by men. Let them work in the biting cold with toxic fumes and dust around them, carrying 50 pounds bags on their neck. And let's see how much they enjoy TRUE equality. Because the west is easy mode living for women because men are doing all the work and dangerous jobs.

  • Dan Trovato
    Dan Trovato 26 days ago

    around 10.30 you claim that this society is so broken... i'd like to ask you, speaker, when and where was society better?

  • Dan Trovato
    Dan Trovato 26 days ago

    at 6.53 we hear that men dominate everything... women are 50% of the world population. so by your reasoning women have lost fair and square. are you saying that women are not capable to compete with the top guys? or it is possible that maybe women have different aspirations than making their career their lives' mission? it's only a small amount of men who are so driven to spend all their energy to hit the top of their profession. what about the bottom of society? do we not see mostly men there too? 85% of the homeless are men. women have always been valued. how many women were sent to war against their will? how many have died in coal mines? have you ever heard the expression "men and children first"? exactly. you ungrateful bigot

  • Cecilio Stazio
    Cecilio Stazio 26 days ago

    goin' to a military rehabilitation center makes understand that males haven't really THE privilege in society, rather they have some privileges, and women have some other privileges, like being excluded worldwide from the forced military enrollment, just to say one
    the problem comes when women want the patriarchal males' rights but not the duties.
    Like, i'm still waiting a girl to hit on me and take me out lol

  • Pete
    Pete 27 days ago +1

    1.4k likes and 2.7k dislikes on this video, interesting

  • Dirty Pete
    Dirty Pete 27 days ago

    ....And get those warts on your face looked at...

  • The King
    The King 28 days ago +1

    So, are you saying that the 4,000 men who committed suicide are lesser than you just because they killed themselves?

  • Bailey Dalgado-Molloy
    Bailey Dalgado-Molloy 28 days ago

    Women are stil opresesd to this day and they will be for ever if we keep letting men control everything

    • manhunt48
      manhunt48 15 days ago

      How? women in the west have more rights than men.

    • ᄏᄏᄏ우우
      ᄏᄏᄏ우우 26 days ago +1

      Omg im a women oppressor white male.
      Jezz go get a mentality

  • Reva Warudi
    Reva Warudi 28 days ago

    So true

  • Fregoli Delusion
    Fregoli Delusion Month ago

    Who is this guy?

  • Mr Colemore
    Mr Colemore Month ago +2

    100% thought she was a dude. Damn!
    Why do these feminists want to become men by all means necessary.
    You hate us but you wanna be us and I have to be attracted to you. I'm confused

    • roger gerritsen
      roger gerritsen 21 day ago

      Most women have become men since feminism. Meanwhile birth rates are dropping so quickly we are dying out. Luckily the socialist women voted for mass immigration from islam. So at least we are not dying out. We will be islamic in Europe by 2050. Thanks feminism and giving women voting rights when they did not even want it back in the days. Facts.

    • Mr Colemore
      Mr Colemore 22 days ago +2

      @Daya Barani Preach brother

    • Daya Barani
      Daya Barani 26 days ago +2

      @glittering void his comment is right. Look at her trying to be a man. There is a difference between a man and a woman. That difference is the attraction between the two sexes. If women become like men, like the one shown in the video or men become female there would be no attraction. How many girls would love a guy who wear a mini skirt, have long hair with moustache and walk down the road ? These feminists dress like men, talk like men and how do you expect men to get attracted to them ? Then they cry that men don't like feminists or bold women. Lol

    • Mr Colemore
      Mr Colemore Month ago +2

      @glittering void Yet you spent a further 2 seconds commenting on it. Stupidity will not kill you

    • glittering void
      glittering void Month ago

      This comment wasted 5 seconds of my life. Downvoted.

  • Gabriel Cyr
    Gabriel Cyr Month ago +7

    Woman punches a man: “ oh I love this woman she’s so empowered and strong she did good “
    Man punches her back “ VIOLENT MAN MURDERER GET HIM IN PRISON “

  • Angry Egalitarian
    Angry Egalitarian Month ago +1

    2:08 She campaigns against male violence against children. So she’s okay with female violence against children? That’s pretty disturbing because women murder children far more than men do.

  • GonzotheGonz1
    GonzotheGonz1 Month ago

    I LOVE feminists!
    I don´t need to pay for the date, hold the door, wait when they are late, protect them, speak to them in a nicer tone than I do to my homies, comfort them when they are sad, help them move, listen to their boring stories or call when I don´t want to see them.
    - Feminism is the best thing E-V-E-R!

  • alien UFO theory
    alien UFO theory Month ago

    f u

  • Game Shot
    Game Shot Month ago +2

    Im a masculinist It stands for equal rights. LOL.

  • David Farah
    David Farah Month ago

    I'm sorry but men are superior by nature 🤷‍♂️

  • Matt Thompson
    Matt Thompson Month ago

    Irrefutable truth that feminists can't do funny.

  • Paddy kriton
    Paddy kriton Month ago +1

    Feminism is all those things (anti-racism, socialism, environmentalism, etc) but it definately doesn't do anything for male problems. It acknowledges them but plays lip service to any real action. Always will and forever be a female action group first. If a male issue is addressed it will always be secondary result of a female centric goal.

    REBRAND PT Month ago

    She looks is very macho... is that feminism ?! I guess man are feminists then ...

      REBRAND PT 21 day ago

      Paul Looney , Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.

    • Paul Looney
      Paul Looney 22 days ago

      Trying to be a man ,pissed off she is not,so attack the gender you cant be.

  • cinemacrazy
    cinemacrazy Month ago

    Guys we found the catalyst to this whole damn thing!

  • messenger Zeta
    messenger Zeta Month ago

    Marry one and let us know what happen in 5 years.

  • Angry Egalitarian
    Angry Egalitarian Month ago +2

    Feminists = female incels

  • sayingthe thingstheywont

    Opinons like this being passed as "facts" are why the world is coming apart at the seams.

  • Islam is right about women

    I agree

  • Christopher Strauss-Walsh

    Who would ever date this man?

  • MOON german black
    MOON german black Month ago

    Were is man rights

  • MOON german black
    MOON german black Month ago +1

    I think he or she is Britain

  • dedium
    dedium Month ago

    I don't understand why feminists forget that men suffer problems too, like when she said that 2 women are killed by violent male partners per year. why did she ignore men who were killed by they female partners. Also, the rate of men being killed by a stranger is almost 3.5 times that of women. Also men are biologically more fitting to do strenuous jobs, so why can't men go out of their way to ask that women should do 50% of strenuous jobs?.

    • Chris Saves 911
      Chris Saves 911 Month ago

      They don’t. Their version of equality is focusing on one half of the population. They’ll sometimes say they fight for men’s rights but won’t name examples.

  • Groovy
    Groovy Month ago +1

    i watch the full video just to see if she said something that make sense, it didn't happen.

  • n1gger stomper
    n1gger stomper Month ago +1

    Islam was right about women.

  • Oliver WIldman
    Oliver WIldman 2 months ago

    What a benchard

  • Jaroslav Tupý
    Jaroslav Tupý 2 months ago

    If I didn't know what feminism actually stands for and what its effects are, I would almost think it's a beneficial movement after hearing this nice ... lady?