Feminism is a word known worldwide however, it causes disagreements amongst many of the worlds men and women. Many believe it is too strong a word and provides only women with a cause for equality. Feminism is most often associated with equality for women, but what about men?
Cue Emma Watson, the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador. If you haven’t already seen her powerful speech, see it here. Here she describes a campaign she is 100% behind called ‘HeForShe’. This is about recognising that Feminism is not just about women but also about men.
She argues that people should not be stereotyped by their gender and gender should not control how well your life is lived, be this within education, work or family. She argues for equality for men as well as women, so we can be that one step closer to making this world a better place.
She may be known for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter films however, she is fast becoming one of the most infuential women of our generation. She is showing she is not just a child actress but someone who cares about the world and all of the people in it, no matter what their gender.
I know there will be mixed views in relation to this, as there always is with big issues and everyone is welcome to their opinion. I however, agree with Emma. The world should be an equal place, where no one is treated differently because they happen to belong to one gender. We should not let our gender be our defining quality, especially when every person has amazing and unique qualities beyond their gender.
Whether we argue for equality through feminism or not, we are all trying to achieve the same thing. Let’s stop the ‘man-hating’ and ‘Feminism-hating’ and fight for equality together.
Have you seen Emma Watson’s speech, What did you think about it?