This Emma Watson thing just proves that not only are men going to react negatively to even the wimpiest, most man-pleasing feminism out there, but also that “We don’t hate men, NO REALLY! We Don’t! I totally Swear!” style feminism HELPS NO ONE.
I actually believes all it shows is that there are some men who will not be swayed by logic, empathy or basic human decency — but we already knew that.
The MRAs, Red Pill Society members and Pick Up Artists were never the intended audience. They are likely unreachable. She was targeting the far larger audience of everyday men who are not misogynistic but feel disconnected from the modern feminist movement, and her outreach has been quite successful if you look at the proliferation of #HeForShe tags and the discussions among reasonable people.
Do not conflate a small, vocal and determined band of misanthropes with all men. Emma Watson did have a positive effect. And feminism cannot succeed in enacting positive social change without men and women working together.
MRAs would like nothing more than to divide the world into “men vs. women.” That is their mindset. It should never be ours.
That’s my $0.02.