Equal Rights Amendment: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Jun 10, 2019
  • There’s still nothing in our constitution that explicitly prohibits sex discrimination. John Oliver talks about how to fix that.
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  • -Ivan Loesch
    -Ivan Loesch 3 hours ago


  • Mandy Johnson
    Mandy Johnson 8 hours ago

    Oklahoma, failing every single day.

  • Farida Twaha
    Farida Twaha 8 hours ago

    CD player and WI be happy

  • Farida Twaha
    Farida Twaha 8 hours ago

    CD player and WI be happy

  • Farida Twaha
    Farida Twaha 8 hours ago

    If you want to be a good L Jackson or something like that I have to be a good wo

  • Farida Twaha
    Farida Twaha 8 hours ago

    If you want to be a good L Jackson

  • Farida Twaha
    Farida Twaha 8 hours ago

    The only one who is that jail for the first

  • Beanmachine91
    Beanmachine91 Day ago +1

    fight for your right to party!

  • Beanmachine91
    Beanmachine91 Day ago +1

    you forgot equal lefts!

  • Astro Wolvez
    Astro Wolvez Day ago

    I have no idea how trump just let the violence against women act expire. That alone is really telling.

  • Nick Rumore
    Nick Rumore Day ago

    13:10 *cough*

  • Donteatacowman
    Donteatacowman 2 days ago

    I'm surprised he didn't mention it, but if the ERA was passed, it seems like it could be very much interpreted as promoting marriage equality. (Hopefully no one brings that up to homophobes if this is otherwise a bipartisan measure...)

    STONE BOLT 2 days ago

    7:07 Ugh I hate that phrase, “I’d like to thank my husband Fred for letting me come today. Fuck right off, they are your spouse who you don’t need to get permission to do what you want to do.

  • Arlind Pali
    Arlind Pali 2 days ago

    It should not be one, it should be all of them. Its embarrasing

  • interloop
    interloop 3 days ago +1

    Doesn’t it say somewhere,: “all people are created equal”?

    • interloop
      interloop Day ago

      Scooter Barr are you lazy, indoctrinated or stupid? Come back to me when you finish law school.

    • interloop
      interloop Day ago

      Scooter Barr, I don’t know, I guess you don’t know what intent means or precedent?

    • Scooter Barr
      Scooter Barr 2 days ago

      In the Declaration of Independence. Not the Constitution. Are you lazy, indoctrinated, or dumb?

  • Family Grobauskas
    Family Grobauskas 3 days ago

    Georgia's flag is the worst because they literally just slapped their seal on the bonnie flag (the official flag of the CSA during the entirety of its existence)

  • Stefan laluna
    Stefan laluna 3 days ago

    and off course the silly bitch is a christian....as every madman who wants to manipulate and enslave others
    Lets not forget Hitler too used religion, as are the republicans are doing now

  • Cojimoto Misashi
    Cojimoto Misashi 4 days ago

    I love the flag of Mississippi

  • Thomas Kinkade
    Thomas Kinkade 4 days ago


  • Terrence Koeman
    Terrence Koeman 4 days ago

    John Oliver conveniently forgets to mention that a *lot* of feminists also campaigned against the ERA, because it would also make any privileges women enjoy illegal. And he also conveniently forgets that the ERA has a *section* *2*
    See: humanevents.com/2019/06/13/the-equal-rights-amendment-and-feminist-empowerment/

  • prying eyes
    prying eyes 4 days ago

    @3:01 Remarkably enough, swollenboys .com is not a porn site.

  • Anthony Gonzales
    Anthony Gonzales 6 days ago +1

    America is a poor and shit hole country

  • Oddacity
    Oddacity 6 days ago +1

    the W is for wumbo

  • Snow_White_MR2
    Snow_White_MR2 6 days ago +1

    Wow I'm ashamed to realize I never thought about this.

  • Evil Clever Dog
    Evil Clever Dog 6 days ago +3

    Phyllis Schlafly was a hag, & I'm glad she's dead - people are not property.

  • 8Smoker8
    8Smoker8 7 days ago

    "Closing the wage gap"? lol please.

  • chris stath
    chris stath 8 days ago

    that burn on arizona still funny.

  • Shawn Patrick
    Shawn Patrick 8 days ago

    Unfortunately, states can also vote to rescind their approval. I see my home state of Tennessee doing that. Hell, our governor today signed a bill making July 13th "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day". Christ I really need to get out of the south. So hurry up before this happens, other states. After number 38 ratifies, there are no take-backs!

  • Carl L
    Carl L 8 days ago +2

    Elects rapists to the presidency and the supreme court - check!

  • YuriGaDaisukiDa
    YuriGaDaisukiDa 8 days ago

    Beautifully said John! Men and women are equal in the issue of abortion. Hopefully more people will see the father is a victim too when mothers try to say “my body my choice” ignoring her kid and it’s father

  • BluntriX
    BluntriX 9 days ago

    This video didnt even get equal views. Tisk, tisk, tisk.

  • Davonte Hardaway
    Davonte Hardaway 9 days ago

    Wow i am so surprised Tennessee is not on of the holdouts.

  • Benjamin Pound
    Benjamin Pound 9 days ago

    You’re a national treasure, Mr. Oliver.

  • Captain Bananapants
    Captain Bananapants 9 days ago

    John, why am I having to use a VPN to watch this from Australia? Cmon, man.

  • Ric V
    Ric V 9 days ago

    It's not equal rights unless it's equal rights to all reguardless of age, race, gender, location, looks, financial status, age, socio economic background, nationality, religion, education level and age.

  • We Are Showboat
    We Are Showboat 9 days ago +1

    But seriously, wouldn’t the ERA make a male only military draft unconstitutional? John Oliver kinda just shrugged that off. Pretty sure men could argue being sent to die doesn’t make them equally protected under the law.

    • Jibbler
      Jibbler 9 days ago

      This is an important point.

  • phil valentine
    phil valentine 10 days ago

    Well it's definitely not going to be Mississippi. They didn't ratify the 13th amendment until 2013.

  • TWSTF 8
    TWSTF 8 10 days ago +2

    Kirk Douglas was born; "Issur Danielovitch," lol and having been born on December 9, 1916, is almost 103 years old!
    He was actually born at the end of WWI, Served in the United States Military during WWII, from 1941 to 1945, and has actually lived long enough to witness virtually every significant event in World history since two years after the sinking of the Titanic!
    He has GOT to have some awesome stories lol if I ever met him for some reason, I would probably have alot of trouble leaving him alone, I'd be asking him about EVERYTHING.

  • saultube44
    saultube44 10 days ago

    Why 38 States? why not just 2/3? that's 33 States

  • Gretel Smith
    Gretel Smith 11 days ago

    I live in the armpit of a state AZ. There are no open minds here. We definitely will NEVER do anything to lift women up. People here don't say excuse me when they run over your foot with their cart at Fry's. They don't say anything, they just glare at you like it's your fault for being in their path. Summer makes everything much worse!

  • Shafer Hart
    Shafer Hart 12 days ago

    7:15 solid trolling lol

  • John Draffin
    John Draffin 12 days ago

    John Oliver is the G.O.A.T

  • B
    B 12 days ago

    Calling originalists insane is bizarre itself, originalism is just a safety measure to avoid the abuse of the vagueness of the English language. Many people who advocate for the ERA are originalists, so assuming it is based on political partisanship rather than the philosophy of law a dangerous precedent to take.

  • Lissy London
    Lissy London 12 days ago

    "While claiming to benefit women, the ERA would actually have taken away some of women's rights. We based our arguments on the writings of pro-ERA law professors, among them current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The amendment would require women to be drafted into military combat any time men were conscripted, abolish the presumption that the husband should support his wife and take away Social Security benefits for wives and widows. It would also give federal courts and the federal government enormous new powers to reinterpret every law that makes a distinction based on gender, such as those related to marriage, divorce and alimony.

    • Paul Sanders
      Paul Sanders 11 days ago

      Lissy London it would make the law gender neutral just as it should be

  • Joe Milosch
    Joe Milosch 12 days ago

    With the ERA, why should a man marry a women? Stay single and avoid the inevitable divorce.

  • Amrieuro
    Amrieuro 12 days ago

    Running the misogynism meter over the 13 holdouts shows there's 3 possibles, 2 long-shots and 8 it ain't ever gonna happen...

  • Bizzaro World
    Bizzaro World 12 days ago

    Do we really not know that the gender wage gap is a myth and has been debunked and disproved over and over by economists? Really Ollie??? C'mon man...

  • Kyle Rayburn
    Kyle Rayburn 12 days ago +1

    He kinda glossed over the fact that this would require women to be included in the draft, of which would include combat roles.
    Not something I’m against but a fact that should be considered
    Equality means equal responsibility. Paraphrased from Service Women’s Active Network or SWAN

  • SageofStars
    SageofStars 13 days ago +1

    You know, not for nothing, but I am actually curious what this would mean for the Draft, Divorce, Abortion, and Sentencing in the US. The first should just be eliminated at this point, probably. The second and third are...complicated issues, that require a lot more work than I would put into talking about them, and the fourth...well, I just saw a case in my home town where a couple, about two years ago attempted to rob a convenience store. Both held weapons, both were equally guilty. The woman got 2 years, plus a six month parole, and the guy got 22 years. This is due to them having children, BTW. If this passes, would the guy be able to object? If so, which sentence to they change?

    Not saying I'm against this, with toupee in the white house, we should do our best to enshrine good things, and heck, whichever way that goes, I think it would be a good thing, but it is a thought.

    • Paul Sanders
      Paul Sanders 12 days ago

      SageofStars i would imagine that if era existed the man and the woman would get an equally long and harsh sentence. Unless the judge finds some other excuse to make it worse for the man, like people often do with people of colour.

  • Hal Swan
    Hal Swan 13 days ago

    Virginia will do it

  • SWLinPHX
    SWLinPHX 13 days ago

    I think Arizona and Maryland have the best-looking state flags.

  • Adrian Dejacomo
    Adrian Dejacomo 13 days ago

    I hope they don’t pass it just cuz he’s talking shit about these states

    • Paul Sanders
      Paul Sanders 12 days ago

      Adrian Dejacomo no reason to stop gender equality. The law isn’t about him

  • Nick G
    Nick G 14 days ago +1

    Love the line that everyone from the past was a racist and misogynist. Ya know, except all the people who weren't. Like the ppl who fought & died to end slavery. Guess those white ppl don't count. Good old John Oliver. If you dislike the U.S. so much, you can always pack your bags. A gender pay gap is an opioid for the stupid. A debunked myth.

  • Levi Johnson
    Levi Johnson 14 days ago

    next we need equal rights for children. Voting rights for minors and the first baby president

  • FrontierBrainRobby
    FrontierBrainRobby 14 days ago

    I'd add in 5 words at the end: sexual orientation, and gender identity.

  • Blingchachink
    Blingchachink 14 days ago


  • Current name Too offensive

    I was waiting for them to play the clip of Hillary Clinton saying she was against gay marriage, to show that "equal rights" are defined in the context of modern day society.

  • Bacons Strip
    Bacons Strip 14 days ago

    It’s more complicated than this. Under the ERA you can’t tell a man he’s out of the Army because he can’t do 40 push-ups but a woman can stay in because she can do 17.
    I’m all for the ERA, but we need to update the requirements to quite a few critical jobs, like military, firefighter, police, etc and stop DQing otherwise qualified men.

  • topherh33
    topherh33 14 days ago

    Women already have more rights than men The ERA would actually be a protector of men's rights Not women's. The "men's rights" organizations are actually PRO- ERA. Schlafly knew this and spread that knowledge. WOMEN are the ones who fought the ERA not men.
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  • topherh33
    topherh33 15 days ago

    The ERA would actually negate the VAWA. What a fucking dumbass

  • Jessica Braga
    Jessica Braga 15 days ago

    the fuck mississippi

  • Joshua Oguma
    Joshua Oguma 15 days ago


  • Peejaay Boots
    Peejaay Boots 15 days ago

    Does it mean that the kunts will get to be killed in combat roles, or work in the mines, finally get to have same life expectancy, or not be given more rights in front of marital courts? Or no?... Perhaps just be paid the same as engineers while working as hairdressers?

  • jobokidd
    jobokidd 15 days ago

    I'm truly shocked.

  • RannyScape
    RannyScape 15 days ago

    If it includes the private sector as well I'd support it. Sorry, the wage gap is an actual myth as literally any economics professor will tell you. What actually typically goes on is companies hire people at X wage and then pay certain people more and freeze the wages of others. Also, company diversity quotas have hindered me, a man, find work. I go to businesses all over my area in California (figures right?) Not a single Caucasian male. Which you know, who cares....Save you sure feel at a disadvantage.

  • Unit
    Unit 15 days ago

    guess they don't want to go down in history as being the last to sign it ^^

  • Andrew Earl
    Andrew Earl 15 days ago +1

    I am genuinely considering writing to the SC general assembly to see if they can review the amendment.

  • Michael Pasquali
    Michael Pasquali 16 days ago

    Do Women really want to join The draft?

  • Hezekiah Crocker
    Hezekiah Crocker 16 days ago +1

    C'mon my fellow Virginians! We gave the country Missy Elliot, one of the most OG female rappers to paved the way. I think we owe it to our country!

  • JusInBello
    JusInBello 16 days ago +4

    I'd be totally in favor of the southern states seceding from the US if I weren't so afraid that they'd bring back slavery.

  • Emily B.
    Emily B. 16 days ago +20

    Phyllis Schlafly would 100% gleefully be an Aunt in Gilead. Women who participate in the oppression of other women are the absolute worst.

      STONE BOLT 2 days ago

      The draft part is definitely warranted so many men dreaded it and some did everything to get out of it. But the women of the time had nothing to worry about, society at the time didn’t really see it appropriate for women to fight on the battlefield. But equal punishment for crimes makes sense after all, everyone is equal under the law. It also makes sense mothers would lose their children but both parents deserve a fair chance to get custody. Personally I would hope divorce couples could have joint custody, but custody should not be generalized and be done on a case by case basis. As there are parents that shouldn’t be anywhere near children.

    • topherh33
      topherh33 12 days ago

      @Emily B. You obviously have NEVER read anything on the subject. You are the one pulling things out of your ass.

    • Emily B.
      Emily B. 13 days ago +4

      @topherh33 But you've provided no evidence, so how can I judge no evidence as anything other than baseless? For the last time, claiming something is a fact and then not providing proof of said fact isn't the same as something being a legitimate, true fact. Not sure how asking for evidence of a claim YOU pulled out of YOUR ass has anything to do with my "victim status"; and that's an ad hominem. Your logical fallacies are racking up.

    • topherh33
      topherh33 13 days ago

      @Emily B. LOL I don't really give a shit what you think. All the evidence in the world could be staring you right in the face and you wouldn't care. Because ppl like you believe feelings are more important than facts Especially when it come to YOUR victim status.

  • Artemis Chemistry
    Artemis Chemistry 17 days ago

    It should include sex and gender. They are not the same thing.

  • GRZZLbear
    GRZZLbear 17 days ago +3

    Being from Utah, and being ashamed that we haven't ratified it, I'm sad that John didn't roast my state.

  • Chip Skylark
    Chip Skylark 17 days ago +1


  • John O.
    John O. 17 days ago

    being proud of having to ask your husband for permission to go somewhere outside of the house is like nonsexual power-bottoming. being submissive should not leave the bedroom.

  • Thad Evans
    Thad Evans 17 days ago +1

    Fun fact: Women fought against the ERA in the 70s

    • Evan Sandoval
      Evan Sandoval 17 days ago

      Correction; there were some women that fought against the ERA.
      And he does mention it in the video :)

  • Shrutika Srivastava
    Shrutika Srivastava 17 days ago

    The biggest scam of patriarchy. Women against women's rights.

  • TSG aerospace
    TSG aerospace 18 days ago +2

    Mississipi, the confederate brother of Yugoslavia...

  • XHellXGeistX
    XHellXGeistX 18 days ago +7

    Hmm. Lots of the holdouts are Southern States...
    Odd. I wonder why?

  • Yusuf Iqbal
    Yusuf Iqbal 18 days ago

    what bleeds for a week and don't die?

  • Chris Floyd
    Chris Floyd 19 days ago +4

    A pleasant surprise to see Texas was for the ERA. At least we're not Alabama bad

    • Chris Floyd
      Chris Floyd 14 days ago +1

      @PC Henderson yeah, Texas is where the South and Southwest meet, both geographically and culturally. It's an interesting borderland and as you said, its history can lead to some interesting decisions

    • PC Henderson
      PC Henderson 15 days ago

      The thing about Texas is people think they are part of the South but every so often they surprise us all by doing the exact opposite of what everyone expects. Texas is less South and more part of the West. People think they are the same but they are not. While they do agree on some things, there are ways in which the ethics/beliefs of Southerners and Western "Cowboys" do diverge. The Southern beliefs are based upon hierarchy, doing what you're told and fear-based respect. The Western beliefs are based upon mutual respect of equals, hard work and independence. Texas is really its own unique country in a lot of ways because of its history.

  • Aile Moonstream
    Aile Moonstream 19 days ago

    title 9 is too easily abused.

  • pop5678eye
    pop5678eye 19 days ago

    Worse than Mississippi, Georgia's flag IS the Stars and Bars! (the actual Stars and Bars flag of the Confederacy traitors)

  • Marshy Witchy
    Marshy Witchy 19 days ago

    The sad thing about the flags is that so many of ones up there are variations of Confederate flags (NC, SC, AL, FL) but Mississippi is the most explicit which says a lot

    • fag
      fag 19 days ago

      You fucking moron the SC flag is based off one of the first revolutionary war flag, and has absolutely nothing to do with the CSA. The final form was made around the time of the civil war but the flag itself has literally nothing to do with the CSA. It is a palmetto and a crescent lol.

  • LiK
    LiK 19 days ago

    Why would anyone be against equal rights? Makes zero sense.

  • Abby Fletcher
    Abby Fletcher 19 days ago

    Mississippi, oh what a trash fire of a place. Definitely wont be them😒

  • Toasty Toast
    Toasty Toast 19 days ago

    I’m from Alabama and Alabama can eat a huge bag of black dicks. FUCK CHILDRENSBERG! FUCK BIRMINGHAM! FUCK AUBURN! FUCK NOTASULGA!

  • Bishop Johnson
    Bishop Johnson 20 days ago

    Who down voted this video?

  • Seprith Li Castia
    Seprith Li Castia 20 days ago

    You know, that Mississippi joke is funny and all, but honestly... Of just the thirteen flags shown here, three of them are clearly based on Confederate national flags. Can we stop pretending this is all just about the C.S.A.? Flags are symbols. Is so terrible to imagine that a symbol that bothers you is liked by someone else? They only people who should shame Mississippi for its flag are the people who live in Mississippi.

  • Otto Von Eichmann III
    Otto Von Eichmann III 20 days ago +2

    yeah women its okay to steal from men. bc youre so oppressed LAWs dont apply. lol what a joke. wow.

  • Chaz Domingo
    Chaz Domingo 20 days ago +3

    "I'm so tired of living here." -Everyone who isn't an angry insecure lunatic in the South.

  • John O
    John O 20 days ago

    roast a pig

    hey sarah sanders you are a fat feckless cunt go kill yourself
    there i roasted a pig

  • John O
    John O 20 days ago


    kirk douglas is still breathing
    holy shit

  • John O
    John O 20 days ago


  • TalontheShade
    TalontheShade 20 days ago +54

    *John lists off states and doesn't pick on Florida*
    Me, a Floridian: Damn, opportunity mi-
    John: "Somebody please do it before Florida bc I don't want to give them credit for this"
    Me: 👉:D👉 *aTTA BOY*

  • Thomas Hughes
    Thomas Hughes 20 days ago

    Heard of "Good cop, Bad cop"? Amazon plays "Good Supervisor, Bad Supervisor". After only 6 days as a seasonal temp at Amazon I had already accumulated a load of confusion so full that it made me livid. The institutional psychology applied is full of damn obvious lies and myriad semi truths. They have their own Orweillian Ministry of Truth functioning. My scanner had lines named "rate: ____" and "rate d: ____" which were obviously my average over career rate and more frequently updated daily rate. The previous day a different supervisor commended me on my amazing rate read from those very lines which he said was so far above average I would soon be recruited for full time work. I was told that was not indeed my "rate" by a supervisor demanding an oral account of a chemical spill incident I had already submitted a written report about thus delaying me 20 minutes of logged on actions he claimed had been in suspense for our talk. I was actually escorted out of the building for repeatedly referring him to my written statement. He consistently refused to disambiguate between my statement and the record of my interview when asking his first question. I actually had submitted two statements. One demanded by persons in the infirmary as answers to a survey they interviewed me with and my first person narrative. The warehouse had inadvertently received a product from another country containing counterfeit product composed of in part a harmful chemical. It's odor I was familiar with from a previous gig. I know the chemical is banned in personal care products. Skin contact is proven to cause disease. It was in a hair gel and it had spilled and spread on shoes and wheels also promoting a slip and fall hazard. I think they might have mistaken a person explaining what had made him so sick he couldn't show up for much needed employment for two days for a whistle blower and thus motivated the creation of this comment.

  • Comp
    Comp 20 days ago

    15 minutes and 39 seconds, not a single example of what this bill actually DOES. he gives one example of what it DOESN'T do, which is evening the "wage gap" (citation needed).

    So this won't even the wage gap, it has no impact on abortions, it has no impact on child support or who gets to keep the kids, it STILL wouldn't make women join the draft what will this amendment do?
    Oh, it will give them equal rights? Those things they already have, and you can't point to a single example otherwise? Sounds to me like it should be passed in this day and age just to make feminists feel like they've accomplished something, when in reality it will have literally no impact whatsoever. What a joke that people get paid to write this trash.

    Toss this amendment in the dumpster with all the discarded fetuses the thots didn't want.

  • A P
    A P 20 days ago

    5:50 hiss of hatred

  • Gobaith
    Gobaith 20 days ago

    This and Alabama's many other antics make me ashamed that I am a native of that state

  • Robert Henderson
    Robert Henderson 20 days ago

    Men are incomplete women. XX(Female) to XY(Male) chromosomes. And everyone should respect women because a women cared about you for how long so you could be. Here now, typing. Sink in yet?

    • Robert Henderson
      Robert Henderson 20 days ago

      or negative and positive traits in one. Almost like dominate & recessive genes. but not really.

    • Robert Henderson
      Robert Henderson 20 days ago

      What is the point? Not all things are good.

    • Tucker Heeren
      Tucker Heeren 20 days ago

      You know that not all women are good right