Emma Watson to men : Gender equality is your issue too.

Do watch Emma Watson speak so sensibly about Feminism. This speech should be shared and re-shared.

Links shared by Vidya and Kary.

The full transcript of her amazing speech can be read here: Emma Watson Says That The View Feminism Is “Man Hating” Has To Stop

“We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that that they are and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.

If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.

Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.”

“No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.
These rights I consider 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 I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influencers were the gender equality ambassadors that made who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are. And we need more of those. And if you still hate the word—it is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have been afforded the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been.”

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23 thoughts on “Emma Watson to men : Gender equality is your issue too.

  1. She is a phenomenal young lady. The speech hit all the right points. She spoke about how men are victims of this system too – something that is discussed over and over in this forum.

    However, she too had to resort to “your mother, sisters and daughters” dialogue. We need to stop making it seem like only women who have these relationships are worthy of respect. Women and men should demand what is rightfully theirs just because they exist.

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    • Agree.
      If being a mum/sis/daughter spared women from abuse, then we wouldn’t hear of incidences like the guy who rubbed hair removing cream all over his sisters scalp few weeks ago, right? Nor would young women write letters to IHM about how their Dad is forcing them to marry or stay in an abusive marriage. Lers not forget the eath threats from Dad to Daughter because she dared fall in love with a guy from a different caste.

      If being related to a male never deterred the said male from abusing the poor woman, what chance do unrelated women stand, when the male is ‘offended’ by what she does?

      Not even resorting to ‘mother/sister/daughter’ dialogue is going to help, krith.

      Thats not a carrot at the end of the stick at all.Sadly.


      • I want to vehemently disagree with your pessimism. But you’re right, Aarti. I hate to admit it but this is reality and it disappoints me so much.


  2. As much as I get why it is called ‘Fem’inism, I think that the name does not help. I can imagine it being an uphill task to convince some guys, that the cause of ‘Fem’inism helps men as well as women. Just like if someone were to tell a woman, that ‘Masculin’ism helps women and men (poor example, I know, but hopefully you get the drift), or like how the word ‘mankind’ irritates me sometimes because it is meant to include men as well as women, but the name has just the word ‘man’ in it. I vote that we start a global initiative to rename ‘Feminism’ to ‘Humanism’ 🙂
    Excellent speech by Emma.


    • The word ‘Fem’inism is still very much necessary. Both men and women may be oppressed by Patriarchy…but the extent to which women are oppressed far outstrips the extent to which men are oppressed. Calling Feminism as Humanism will dilute the focus on women that is so sorely required. People who do not agree that women should be treated equally will hate feminism no matter what it’s called.

      For eg: There’s a person called Anita Sarkeesian who made a few videos detailing popular tropes about women in video games (http://www.feministfrequency.com). This is the response she received from the gamer community (Trigger Warning : violent language).

      This is just a minor example. As long as this kind of shameful behavior continues, Feminism is still very much a necessary word.


  3. A powerful speech.The core of feminism is gender equality.The idea is important.Not the name.

    I feel feminism has been getting a bad rep nowadays. Many women do not want to be called feminists.Some women are lucky enough to have not faced discrimination themselves and do not care about the rest.Some women just want to fit in with guys and be liked.They want to reject feminism as a result.

    I have never looked at feminism as Women vs Men.I always see it as People vs Misogynists.Some of the hardcore feminists I know are men.Some of the more hardcore misogynists I know are women.

    Thank you Emma.You are an inspiration.Let’s band together ..men and women ..and defeat the forces of patriarchy and misogyny.


  4. To me the things that’s baffling is – if you have a discussion on race inequality, most sensible people would hate the idea, say 8 out of 10 people will rally against it, the other 2 maybe racist indirectly or openly. When you talk about feminism, out of the same 10 people, suddenly you have only 3 people nodding knowingly, about 5 people become highly suspicious, with about 2 of them openly hating feminists, pouring out venom, and harboring unintelligent notions that they do this because they are ‘unattractive’ or ‘greedy’.

    Examine the statement “All people fighting for racial inequality are unattractive or greedy.” What’s your response? It is probably hard for you to consider such a person rational or intelligent. But get this, it’s more than. It’s dangerous. Ignorance is always dangerous. And yet, when it comes to feminism, you can get away with such a statement. Or even better, make a joke of the issue. Be dismissive.

    Underlying these ‘jokes’, this suspicion, this hatred, is fear. So much fear. And fear often leads to so much evil.
    In the meantime, we continue to have female child brides, female children giving birth, female foeticide, female child under-nourishment, female children being denied basic secondary education, crimes against women, different pay for same work, forced marriages, dowry deaths, and people are STILL suspicious of the word ‘feminism’.

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  5. Emma Watson is so pretty ,…pretty people talking about feminism is good PR !Otherwise ,my guy friends say only loserish,unattractive, boring and sexually frustrated women seem to talk about women’s rights !
    Beautiful women have it easier with men at least ! :))
    Hence no ranting by them !
    Now the men (and women) can change their mind about it ??


  6. Emma Watson is so pretty ,…pretty people talking about feminism is good PR !Otherwise ,my guy friends say only loserish,unattractive, boring and sexually frustrated women seem to talk about women’s rights !
    Beautiful women have it easier with men at least ! :))
    Hence no ranting by them !
    Now the men (and women) can change their mind about it ??


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