Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Emma Watson: I'm a Feminist


I knew I always liked Emma Watson. What a baller.

Watch this:



She starts off by explaining the definition of Feminism and how it's meaning has become so incredibly skewed in today's society. 

"I decided that I was a Feminist. And this seemed uncomplicated to me." - Emma Watson

As it should. I wrote a post about this not too long ago. And so did The Bloggess. Read mine hereread hers here. I've actually seen several bloggers come forward and address this topic.

She goes on from there...

"These righ
ts I considered to be human rights. But I am one of the lucky ones. My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn't love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn't assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influences are the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it but they are the inadvertent feminists needed in the world today. We need more of those" - Emma Watson

This is so true. I am also one of the lucky ones. I grew up in a household and a community where I was told, even encouraged, that I could do WHATEVER I wanted to do. That I was just as good,as smart, as talented as any man. 

But we, the lucky ones, are the minority. The drastic minority. Millions of women and girls around the world live lives we cannot even fathom. They are expected to marry before they are 18, take care of a household and children, and to never get an education of their own. And as we know, there are cases that are much worse.

Emma also talks about the importance of men in our cause. She extends a "formal invitation" to all men because "gender equality is your issue too."

Men being freed of gender stereotypes will not only help men, it will also help women. If men aren't expected to be one thing, and in turn, women another, every person can be all things. Every person can be who they truly are. "A complete version of themselves", as Emma puts it.

It is so great that these women are using their celebrity to bring awareness to our cause. But we need to go further than a speech given for the world to see. We need these noteworthy moments to be followed by action. From the ground. We need changes to be made in the small offices, in every country, in the most remote places. We will only see change when people take the responsibility of change upon themselves, in their own lives.

I hope that men, and women, around the world will answer Emma's plea to join the cause. I hope these efforts are helping us shed light on the true meaning of Feminism.

"And if you still hate the word...It is not the word that is important. It is the idea and the ambition behind it." - Emma Watson



2 comments:

  1. I have always been one of the omen that dislike the word Feminist. I feel like it always made women seem like they needed to be higher and more than men, and it was practically man-shaming. I was very reluctant to listen to Emma Watson because with the Feminism movement lately, I can't say that I agree with most of the arguments on the topic. I am so happy I actually did listen, this needs to be a gender equality issue not just an issue for Females. Both genders need to be treated equally, no one is higher than another.

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  2. Everyone should be a feminist. Equality should be for everyone! thank you thank you times a million for sharing this.

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