Gender equality is everyone's issue


Emma Watson speaking at the UN

From Rappler: Emma Watson to men: Gender equality is your issue, too:

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 see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too, reclaim parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves.

Good speech from Emma Watson, as the UN launches their HeForShe campaign for gender equality. The word feminism is too easily misunderstood as merely standing up for women’s rights as well as the more negative aspects brought about by extremists, yet in reality it stands for an aim that is true. What other term would you use?

I often wonder whether I just blame society, or it’s my own shortcomings, but it’s probably a bit of both. Albiet probably a bit more of one than the other…

Image from Rappler.