Today as I was scrolling through the Internet I stumbled upon an article about Emma Watson. If you have been on Facebook recently you probably would have seen her name on the top of the trending topics. Normally, if I found an article that I know everyone read I wouldn’t write about it but since the topic is something I so important to me I decided it was acceptable.
Feminism is a word that makes me (and others) cringe when talked about in society today. I have read every book about the topic including New York Times Best Sellers Lean In, #GirlBoss, Bossypants, and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?; to name a few. Everything that these powerful women are trying to prove is a cause they shouldn’t have to fight for. And as much as I hate to admit it, I wear the label of feminist.
Although these books vary in humor, they all are pointing towards the same conclusion. These authors, comedians, actresses, businesswomen, and writers look at the facts in our society today. Woman are not treated the same as men are in the sense of having equal opportunities. Similarly, men do not have as much emotional autonomy as woman do.
During a UN speech, Emma Watson pondered the questions “If not me then who? If not now then when? These questions, although simple are not easy to answer. We often assume that other people are going to do the dirty work for us. If the problem is universal why do we have to take care of finding a solution?
Instead of focusing on empowering women to stand up for themselves, Emma invited the men. She explained, “I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.” The word feminist is perceived as woman being portrayed as masculine, but what is the word we use for men who are going through sensitive issues? There is none.
More than that, Emma wants men to fight “so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves”. These causes have never been brought up in a debate before. Why is that?
This week the UN introduced a new campaign: He For She. This campaign does not wish to simply talk about improving the well being of humans, they strive to fix the problem before it is too late.
While taking a closer look at this topic, it is clear how pertinent inequality is in our lives; being either a male or a female. Today as I went through my normal activities, I took a step back and realized the minor distinctions for men and woman to live simultaneously in this big wide world; just in the little normal antics that we have become used to in our lives.
As you took time to read this post, I ask this of you: take a moment of your day and watch the speech that Emma gave and make one small goal for yourself to help push past this setback. Do it not for yourself, but for the future generations. It starts with one person, and maybe today it starts with you.