If You're Not a Feminist, Then You're a Bigot

Question: How is feminism today different from the way it was \r\n30 and 40 years ago?

Gloria Allred:  I'm not sure how \r\ndifferent they are actually because I've been practicing 35 years.  I \r\nmean, as a feminist I believe the legal, social, and political economic \r\nequality for women with men.  I often say if you're not a feminist then \r\nyou're a bigot.  I mean, there is nothing in between.  It's like being \r\npregnant: you either are pregnant or you're not.  What else is there?  \r\nThere is no in between. 

So either you are for first class \r\ncitizenship—that means you're a feminist—or you're for second class \r\ncitizenship for women, which means to me you're a bigot or you're in \r\nsupport of insubordination or women instead of full equality, full \r\npartnership for women in each and every aspect of life.  So feminism is \r\nabout improving the condition in the status of women and vindicating \r\ntheir rights.

Conservatives usually say, "Look how far you've \r\ncome, looking to back to where you are now. Isn't that great progress?" \r\n But as a progressive person I don't look to see where we're come from. \r\n I look to where we should be.  And so no I don't think we've come far \r\nenough, because I'm judging by the gold standard and that is equality.  \r\nAnd we should be at the level of equality political, economically, \r\nlegally, emotionally, socially.  We're not there.  And so we still have a\r\n long, long way to go.  And we need more activism. 

Legally, \r\npolitically, in the streets, everywhere, to make this happen.  As I say \r\nno one ever gave us our rights, including the right to vote.  We had to \r\nfight to win it. 

Question:
Do you think we will "get \r\nthere" in the next 50 years?

Gloria Allred:  Well I \r\ndon't think there's revolution, I do think it's evolution.  But it's not\r\n going to happen unless women stand up and demand it.  It's as simple as\r\n that, because no one gives up power without a struggle.  And there is a\r\n huge struggle going on for power and for control over women's lives.  \r\nSo I would like to think that both my daughter and my granddaughter will\r\n enjoy equality in their lifetimes.  I'm sure that I will not in my \r\nlifetime, but it's not going to happen unless women demand it.  Unless \r\nour daughters say: "This is what we have a right to and we are going to \r\nforce the rights we have. And we are going to demand more rights.  And \r\nwe're not going to be satisfied until we win those rights."

That's\r\n how change is won and there are just so many women and girls around the\r\n world who do not yet enjoy that equal educational opportunity.  Some of\r\n them can't get any educational opportunity at all... do not enjoy \r\nemployment opportunity, do not... I mean, they are just living desperate\r\n lives.  And some of them are being trafficked as sex slaves and \r\nexploited in sweat shops.  Some of them are literally prisoners in their\r\n own home.  We have so much more work to do.  The work really has just \r\nbegun.

Recorded on June 9, 2010
Interviewed by David \r\nHirschman

Unless you're for first class citizenship for women, you're "in support of the subordination of women," says the attorney.

The future of the mind: Exploring machine consciousness

What if consciousness is just a blip in the universe, a momentary flowering of experience that is unique to life in early technological civilizations—but eventually vanishes?

Videos
  • The hard problem of consciousness, as coined by the philosopher David Chalmers, asks: Why must we be conscious? Given that the brain is an information processing engine, why does it need to feel like anything to be us?
  • The problem of AI consciousness is equally complicated. We know humans are conscious, but when it comes to AI, the question is: Could the AIs that we humans develop be conscious beings? Could it feel like something to be them? And how could we possibly know for sure, short of them telling us?
  • How might superintelligence render consciousness extinct? Over 6 chapters in this video, philosopher and cognitive scientist Susan Schneider explores the philosophical problems that underlie the development of AI and the nature of conscious minds.
Keep reading Show less

Space hotel with artificial gravity will be in orbit by 2025

The Von Braun Space Station, based on the concepts of a controversial scientist, is moving ahead with construction plans.

Credit: on Braun Space Station.
Technology & Innovation
  • The Gateway Foundation is building a space hotel, based on the concepts of a Nazi and American rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.
  • The space station is expected to be operational by 2025.
  • The company plans to assemble it in orbit, using robots and drones.
Keep reading Show less

Scientists find a new way to measure gravity

Researchers develop a novel method to measure gravity that can get much more information.

Credit: Sarah Davis / Victoria Xu
Surprising Science
  • Scientists use lasers that suspend atoms in air to measure gravity.
  • This method can be more precise and allow for gathering of much more information.
  • Portal devices using this technique can help find mineral deposits and improve mapping.
Keep reading Show less