Friday, 17 October 2014

Feminism: An Unpopular Word

Even when I don't enjoy the world of technology, I am always grateful for the content on YouTube that inspires me and my thoughts and beliefs that can also inspire my creative juices, but more than anything make my opinion glow a little brighter. So here I am, inspiration and passion making me tap, tap, tap away and all because of the video below: Emma Watson blowing my blooming dinosaur socks off.

Emma Watson made a speech at the UN for the campaign HeForShe as United Nations Goodwill Women Ambassador. HeForShe outline gender equality being, "not only a women's issue", but a "human rights issue", and never has a statement made me want to lift myself off of my bed and chant it over and over again. Check out the campaign HERE.

"We want to end gender inequality. And to do this; we need everyone involved."

The aim of the speech is to raise awareness and encourage men and boys to support the campaign and what it stands for. She speaks of feminism and the fight for women's rights... and men's too.

Emma Watson talks of women not identifying as feminists. I've spoken about this on the blog before; a stigma has become so attached to the word that people stay completely clear of it. Feminism doesn't mean men-hating! A feminist is someone who believes in equality for gender equality (you should be one too, guys!). Emma Watson says, "if you still hate the word; it is not the word that is important. It's the idea and the ambition behind it." Exactly!

Prejudice towards women is uncool. We all deserve equality: women and men. Women should not fear being strong because that's just not a woman's role: there are no rules. Women should be on equal pay to men for doing exactly the same job. Women should be "womanly" with any type of figure. Women should have equal rights.

In the speech, Emma Watson talks of how men are also subjected to gender inequality, and the truth in it is so very refreshing, because it's not talked about enough. Men should be equally involved in the gender inequality discussion, whether it be about the inequality of women, or men! I know guys who believe being "muscly" is "manly"; being "strong" means not talking about emotions. Simply put: no. These gender stereotypes need to be diminished for women and men; girls and boys. The generation where it's finally not assumed how a man or woman should act is one awesome generation.

"The reality is; that if we do nothing, it will take 75 years... before women can expect to be paid the same as men. For the same work."

A Time for Change & Less Ignorance,

The Girl in the Moonlight.

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