Last Saturday Emma Watson delivered a strong speech to the UN assembly marking the start of He for She campaign.
This campaign focuses on boys and men to advocate gender equality. In her speech as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Watson reflects on how the word feminist has become an unpopular word.
I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.
Unlike Beyoncé’s essay ‘Gender equality is a myth’ from last January, Watson’s plea is convincing. I’d rather listen to Watson’s speech than reading Beyoncé’s essay knowing that the latter objectifies herself, parading in a leotard bodysuit on stage. How can I take Beyoncé serious as a feminist?
Back to the topic. The concept of He for She campaign is also refreshing. Instead of pushing the gender equality idea to the boys and men, it is now pulling them to achieve it. If you can’t beat them, join them.
Like Watson said sadly feminist is an unpopular word. However I have written openly in this blog that I am a feminist. I am not a man hater otherwise I wouldn’t be married to one. Being a feminist doesn’t mean I want to be a man. I just want respect and access to the same opportunities and chances which are mostly and exclusively available for men only.
I am no fool to think by launching this campaign, the message will widely reach people in the world. What I find sympathetic is appointing a famous person as the ambassador who seems capable and knows what she is doing.
The road is long and narrow but we have started walking. If it isn’t me, who? If it isn’t now, when?
Let’s hear miss Watson speaks about He for She.