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

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  • 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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  • Sergio Martinez
    Sergio Martinez 18 hours ago

    5:19 fucking kills me everytime

  • cumquatrct3
    cumquatrct3 2 days ago

    "Somebody please do it before Florida because I don't want to give them credit for this"

    I mean, it looks like 37 other states already did. How much credit can you give a state accepting women should be treated equally after actively refusing to acknowledge it for 40 years and deliberately holding up legislation as a result? No one looks at Italy as a heroic country in world war one for their decision to switch sides at the very fucking end.

  • cumquatrct3
    cumquatrct3 2 days ago

    "Somebody please do it before Florida because I don't want to give them credit for this"

    I mean, it looks like 37 other states already did. How much credit can you give a state accepting women should be treated equally after actively refusing to acknowledge it for 40 years and deliberately holding up legislation as a result? No one looks at Italy as a heroic country in world war one for their decision to switch sides at the very fucking end.

  • Marconius
    Marconius 4 days ago

    That map of holdout states tells you all you need to know about America.

  • Hannah Currey
    Hannah Currey 4 days ago +3

    “It would destroy traditional male female roles”
    That that’s kind of the point where we’re not servant we are equals

  • wink emoticon
    wink emoticon 4 days ago

    close to 100k likes

  • Kenneth Abels
    Kenneth Abels 5 days ago

    So the chance to be the national hero is a race between only southern states....... care to weigh in on the flag now?

  • fnumbuh
    fnumbuh 7 days ago

    This would give equal rights to women which would bring them down to where men have been for at least 20 years

  • Wave Bob
    Wave Bob 8 days ago

    he looks like a frog who just fluctuated but no one noticed, so he is happy but still sad on the inside.

  • aline oliveira silva

    Glad my constitution address almost all kinda of discrimination... Sad that in fact dosent Matter at all

  • NightHawk
    NightHawk 8 days ago

    Anime has invaded real life. We know what upside down yellow arches mean. Copyright avoidance. Now. They are f***ed

  • ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

    No you don’t understand everybody that isn’t a senior citizen hates being in Florida

  • Mustache Merlin
    Mustache Merlin 10 days ago

    McDonald's turned their sign upside down?? Anime is real 0.0

  • Harshit Madan
    Harshit Madan 10 days ago

    Repealing violence against women act doesn't legalize violence against women. It just restores due process.

  • Cherryfan001
    Cherryfan001 13 days ago

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  • Mandy B
    Mandy B 14 days ago

    And America calls itself the world's leading democracy? Bullshit.

  • Dr ROLFCOPTER!
    Dr ROLFCOPTER! 14 days ago

    Pass the ERA so we can abolish alimony.

  • NicholasBellic
    NicholasBellic 15 days ago +1

    Virginia probably will be the tipping point seeing as we just got rid of the Republican majority in our state senate and house of delegates.

  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers 16 days ago +1

    I guarantee it won't be Utah. I fucking forget how beautiful it is here, because of the conservative zealots matter living here absolutely miserable. It's like having 90% of your neighborhood populated by missionaries. I hate it here but I guess it is better than Florida.

  • aShura
    aShura 16 days ago

    For all the big talk and great advancement made by US, they still are so backward when it comes to having common-sense laws and a level of empathy towards humanity. A society that is not free makes the nation in captive as well,

  • Sue Maleski
    Sue Maleski 16 days ago

    Trump humping the flag, does that mean He loves America,
    Or Fuck America?

  • Elvis Ordenana
    Elvis Ordenana 17 days ago

    John Oliver it's already in the constitution. It's the 14th amendment.

  • Nathan Seper
    Nathan Seper 17 days ago

    Phyllis Schlafly argued that women should remain homemakers instead of having careers and involving themselves in politics. And yet, the woman had her own career and got involved in politics. Not to mention she hired a maid instead of actually living like a housekeeper. She was hypocrisy defined.

  • NoirParvana
    NoirParvana 18 days ago

    Hey, South Dakota wasn't one of the last states. Go us for once! (even though we're on meth)

  • Dan ny
    Dan ny 18 days ago

    "Basically that's it"
    Yeah...the devil is in that one word - "basically"
    These kinda things are never 'basically' that simple.
    We already have equal protection under the law, there is no legal need for the ERA.
    You might want to look at the details that certain people are 'basically' hoping you'll overlook.

  • Bara Robber Baron
    Bara Robber Baron 18 days ago

    You had me until you mentioned the non-existant wage gap.. Makes me doubt you do any research.

    • Bara Robber Baron
      Bara Robber Baron 18 days ago

      @Lee Marsden That's cute, but no it doesn't. And I don't think I've watched any of Sargons stuff on the matter. Rather listen to economists and researchers who came to the conclusion that there's basically no difference in wages when accounting for choices made. Part-time instead of full time, no overtime versus overtime, taking time off for pregnancy or not, becoming a nurse instead of a neurosurgeon, not negotiating versus negotiating salary. There is no wage gap, just an earnings gap of the collective of all women compared to the collective of all men. Working in the oilfield, specialized medicine and mercenary work pay more than kindergarten teacher, dental assistant or hairdresser.
      So what if there's an earnings gap though? Women are free to make choices and these are the results.

    • Lee Marsden
      Lee Marsden 18 days ago +1

      It does exist. Someone's been watching too much Sargon of Akkad.

  • playgroundpolitics
    playgroundpolitics 19 days ago

    Im from Hawaii and watching John roast a pig in a hot second made my fakin day. You da bomb John Oliver. Mahalo Dude

  • Ariana Waldruff
    Ariana Waldruff 19 days ago

    Not North Carolina. We suck.

  • chazz Lucas
    chazz Lucas 20 days ago

    LastWeekTonight .... Read a book PLEASE ...lol
    Listen up everyone !!
    THE ONLY GROUP PEOPLE IN THE HISTORY OF WORLD WHO HAD EQUAL RIGHTS WERE .... SLAVES !!!!!!!!!

  • Justin
    Justin 21 day ago +1

    Well Virginia now has a Democratic Governor and a Democratic controlled state legislature, so now is probably the best chance you have to making the ERA an amendment

  • David Nichisti
    David Nichisti 22 days ago

    "Sex" is an activity, I believe the word they are looking for is "Gender". Update it.

    • vvjokinen
      vvjokinen 12 days ago

      @Abdul sex ≠ gender btw

    • Abdul
      Abdul 18 days ago

      No, sexual intercourse is an activity
      Sex means gender
      Stop being so immature

  • Littlestraincloud
    Littlestraincloud 22 days ago

    Phyllis Schlafly's grave is a gender neutral bathroom

  • The Musical Stylings of Brent Bunn

    Definitely not my state of Alabama XD

  • Jamestown
    Jamestown 24 days ago

    Mississippi really needs to change it's state flag to not have an emblem of treason on it.

  • Chucku Farley
    Chucku Farley 26 days ago

    The Framers left women out for good reason. Those men were intelligent where society today is STUPID. They were protecting America!
    The Bible also, does not give equal rights to women. They are not, never were nor ever will be men's equals.

  • Cosmic K
    Cosmic K 27 days ago

    How will making it a law really change anything?

    • TheHoustonSkeptic
      TheHoustonSkeptic 26 days ago

      @Cosmic K yes but having a constitutional amendment allows you to Sue and prevents backsliding in current legislation

    • Cosmic K
      Cosmic K 26 days ago

      @TheHoustonSkeptic History seems to suggest that there are loopholes everywhere and slimy bastards have the best teams money can buy to find them. I'm saying it wont change much.. they'll just hide it better. This is what they do. They make up other reasons to use to discriminate at their discretion and say its based on whatever they want yet still remain just as scummy.

    • TheHoustonSkeptic
      TheHoustonSkeptic 26 days ago

      It means you can sue people for violating it. So yeah it would make a huge difference

  • muellerphyllis
    muellerphyllis 27 days ago

    Old Fat White Men....

  • Cyn
    Cyn Month ago +1

    I'm actually surprised by the fact that it is not the exact same sentence in different languages. In my country the very first article of the constitution says:
    All those in the Netherlands are treated equally in the same cases. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political affiliation, race, gender or on whatever grounds is not permitted.

  • Ranel Gallardo
    Ranel Gallardo Month ago +4

    Is anyone surprised Texas ratified it? I’m a Texan and that shocked me.

  • Brandon Blanco
    Brandon Blanco Month ago

    Virginia is well underway than Arizona 13:27. Sorry Victoria Steele.

  • Akosua Boahemaa
    Akosua Boahemaa Month ago +3

    its going to be Virginia!!!

  • spacelizbian
    spacelizbian Month ago +31

    And now that the Democrats took control of Virginia, we're closer than ever before.

    • ThatGuy67
      ThatGuy67 27 days ago

      Holy shit a good thing comes out of that

    • Calvin George
      Calvin George 28 days ago

      @Ranel Gallardo that is false.

    • Ranel Gallardo
      Ranel Gallardo Month ago

      Yeah but further acts by Congress have to be made before they can do anything

  • Furple Young
    Furple Young Month ago +2

    Lets go Virginia, let’s go! 👏🏾👏🏾

  • rkovac1023
    rkovac1023 Month ago +3

    I am actually embarrassed to see that North Carolina is one of the states that hasn't approved this.

    • Brandon Blanco
      Brandon Blanco Month ago

      rkovac1023 Same my home state of Georgia but I currently live in Virginia.

  • ubernerd08
    ubernerd08 Month ago +13

    who’s here in 2019 after Virginia turned blue?

    • Michael Soudah
      Michael Soudah 29 days ago

      @Patrick Daniel That changes all the time. Give it a few years and it will swing again. That's what happens in politics. For example, usually the White House is controlled by the two parties and switches every one/two elections. Also take a look at California. For most of it's years it was a solidly Democratic state. Then in the 50s it switched red and voted for Every Republican presidential candidate until the 90s. And now it's back to being blue. These swings happen all of the time.

    • Patrick Daniel
      Patrick Daniel Month ago

      @Michael Soudah well the democrats now have Governor, Lieutenant gov and both houses of state.

    • Michael Soudah
      Michael Soudah Month ago +1

      it's purple

  • Budmiren
    Budmiren Month ago +2

    Virginia is on its way ... ❤️

  • Brandon Palazzo
    Brandon Palazzo Month ago

    "Constitutional amendments are safe from Donald Trump." The second amendment sure was not safe from Clinton and Obama.

    • Lil zod
      Lil zod 29 days ago

      Brandon Palazzo 🤣🤣

  • Emanuel
    Emanuel Month ago

    4:34 I don't get it? What she said wasn't that horrible? She put it quiete direct, but this was progressive for the time. Bit too PC for my taste, otherwise great piece John!

  • asyoz
    asyoz Month ago

    I absolutely believe that all genders should be equal... BUT...
    Having an amendment to the constitution (or any law, for that matter) ensuring equality really makes me remember a magnificent comment in the phenomenal 'The West Wing' TV show. (This is also one of the very few times I've ever agreed with a Republican, on or off a fictional TV show...)
    Ainsley Hayes, a Republican lawyer working for the President, while in a meeting about an ERA says (after Sam Seborn asks her how she could possibly have an objection to an ERA):
    "Because it's humiliating. A new amendment we vote on declaring that I am equal under the law to a man, I am mortified to discover there's reason to believe I wasn't before. I am a citizen of this country, I am not a special subset in need of your protection. I do not have to have my rights handed down to me by a bunch of old, white, men. The same Article 14 that protects you, protects me, and I went to law school just to make sure." (S02E17 '17 people').

  • redmustang04 redmustang04

    This is why you vote people. Virginia is going to be the 38th state to hopefully ratify it into the constitution. People if you are registered do it now and then come next year you fucking vote and if you can early vote then do it. You get your friends and family to vote.

  • Chris Renaud
    Chris Renaud Month ago

    John I really think you are pussy wipped, and brainwashed by the left wing.

    • vvjokinen
      vvjokinen 12 days ago

      @Brandon Blanco #coldfeetcrowder

    • vvjokinen
      vvjokinen 12 days ago

      can you elaborate?

    • Brandon Blanco
      Brandon Blanco Month ago +1

      Chris Renaud Go back and watch Steven Clam Chowder.

  • Chris Renaud
    Chris Renaud Month ago

    Oh you say a lot of bullshit that she was against sex segregated bathrooms, know look at your past hypocritical statements that we should be all inclusive. I think your a hypocrite yourself and should do more research on yourself. You commie leftist.

  • Stone Coggins
    Stone Coggins Month ago +5

    Good news for the ERA - now that Democrats control the government of Virginia it could well become the 38th state to ratify.

    • Robin B.
      Robin B. Month ago

      Quick Virginians! Pester your new Blue legislature and Governor to get on this! Call them up, write em letters! It's possible they won't remember to take care of this if they aren't reminded.

  • jgonascar
    jgonascar Month ago +2

    Democrats now have control of all 3 legislatures in Virginia now. A 38th state ratifying the amendment is now inevitable.

  • DaveLH
    DaveLH Month ago +1

    Phyllis Schlafly was basically the (un)intellectual forerunner of "Girl Defined", "Transformed Wife", and other famous anti-feminist RU-cliprs.

  • Sampat K
    Sampat K Month ago +10

    Who is here after Democrats won Virginia?

  • Colonel Pepper
    Colonel Pepper Month ago +33

    Dems have taken the Virginia state legislature, and have promised to sign the Equal Rights Amendment into law. It looks like the ERA will finally be put into the Constitution. Virginia is #1.

    • Sarah Lamper
      Sarah Lamper 19 days ago +2

      B Love sex is between the legs, gender is in your head, sexuality is between the sheets.
      There’s your definition of sex and gender. It really, really wasn’t that hard to distinguish. :))

    • B Love
      B Love 19 days ago

      @Feste the Phule wrong. It is incoherent. I don't think you should arbitrarily discriminate against anyone for an immutable characteristic, however if you can't by law, discriminate on the basis of sex, how can you then be forced by law to discriminate on the basis of sex by allowing a trans person who identifies as the opposite sex to function as the opposite sex, or in the spaces reserved for the opposite sex.??? Confusing huh? Because it doesn't make any sense at all. I think the confusion is what is meant by "sex", is it a biological reality or a subjective impression that determines your "sex"? Imagine if it was race we were talking about, could a person "identify" as a different race?? Finally, do you really think we need MORE protected categories in law? How bout bald people, short people, people with maga hats, it starts to get ridiculous. peace out.

    • Feste the Phule
      Feste the Phule 19 days ago +2

      @B Love
      You cannot discriminate against people based on being transgender or non-binary, and you also cannot discriminate against people based on one's sex. Pretty simple.

    • B Love
      B Love 21 day ago

      so how does the equality act coexist with the equal rights amendment, the first guarantees rights on the basis of gender identity, and the other on the basis of sex. How exactly does that work??

    • Lil zod
      Lil zod 29 days ago +6

      Virginia is #38.*

  • Richard Walker
    Richard Walker Month ago

    I love that "Florida" comment ... and that's where I live. So much corruption each and every election and the voters keep putting those involved right back in office.

  • oskibear94
    oskibear94 Month ago +2

    C'mon Virginia. Drop this on McConnell's Senate lap and dare him to not vote for extending the deadline for resolution.

  • Dmf2pc
    Dmf2pc Month ago +2

    Schlafly was the Jordan Peterson of her time. Misrepresenting shit for clout and profit.