Patricia Aquette, who looks like this , and who won the Oscar this year for best supporting actress, delivered a short speech regarding equal rights for "women," which I quote here. “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights, it's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” She was later asked to elaborate backstage what exactly she meant, and this is what she said. "It's inexcusable we go around the world talking about equal rights for women in other countries ... and we don't have equal rights for women in America.The truth is even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, there are huge issues that are at play that really do affect women. It's time for all … the gay people and people of color that we've all fought for to fight for us now." Full details in the link below http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/02/23/patricia_arquette_on_pay_equality_insulting_to_feminism.html My thoughts: Personally, I find the quote in bold to be very disturbing (for multiple reasons but let's stick with the obvious). If gay people and people of color are in a different group, then who is "us?" Straight, white, women. If you look at the article linked above, you'll find that straight white women suffer less from the pay gap, when compared to racial minorities and also homosexuals. She mentions the pay gap in her on stage speech, but according to her comments off stage, its the pay gap for straight white women that matters, which is the smallest of the three groups she defines off stage (gays, racial minorities, and "women." I like to play devils advocate with myself, so I thought, maybe this is not what she meant. Maybe she just meant that feminists have tried to help different types of inequalities, like those specifically against racial minorities or gays, and now she'd like the favor in return for inequalities specifically targeted against women. This line of reasoning still belittles the efforts of non white female feminists, and also unecessarily distinguishes white females from the rest. But the defense simply doesn't work, because white straight women have the smallest pay gap, and therefore, according to her on stage speech, which focuses on pay gay, suffer the least. So there you have it. Sometimes I take long hard looks in the mirror, and I think to myself, "maybe you are just a stubborn jerk who really doesn't get it. You really need to rethink things, boy!" Then, some white, spoiled, rich women comes along and reinforces my initial opinion, that when new wave feminists talk about bettering things, they're really just talking about themselves. It's sad that everyone is so selfish, but makes me feel a little better about myself, too.