Emma Watson Delivers Game-Changing Speech on Feminism for the U.N.
By: Joanna Robinson || Published: September 21, 2014
Earlier this summer, fresh from college graduation, Emma Watson, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. Though the ripples of her involvement over the past six months can be seen online (crashing the U.N. website, using Twitter to denounce a sexist politician in Turkey or respond to the gender politics of the recent celebrity nude photo hack), Watson’s power in person is an entirely different matter.
The actress gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. Headquarters in New York this weekend to launch the “HeForShe” campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally.I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.Why has the word become such an unpopular one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.
Watson is pushing back against recent campaigns like Women Against Feminism. As Watson puts it elsewhere in her speech, these campaigns portray the feminist cause as “man-hating.” By involving both genders in the “HeForShe” campaign, Watson hopes to abolish the “us vs. them” mentality.
Watson is potentially in an even better position than many of her peers to do so. Her role as Hermione Granger, the universally-adored heroine of the Harry Potter series, gives her an automatic in with male and female Millenials. This is a rare case where an actor being conflated with their role might be a good thing. In this way, her wide-spread influence on young minds (still forming their opinions on gender roles and advocacy) is even stronger than other high-profile defenders of the f-word like Beyoncé.
Watson’s Harry Potter association also carries with it a disadvantage –– the fear she might not be taken seriously. She addresses this concern in her speech:You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself at the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I’ve seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something. Edmund Burke said all that is need for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing
That Harry Potter association will always follow Watson. Even U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon joked, “She’s been waving a magic wand. I hope you use your magic wand to end violence against women!” But with her serious approach to advocacy, it’s impossible to laugh off Watson’s message.
Allison and Malia sharing clothes.
#chris not knowing what to do with allisons clothes so he packs them all in a box and gives them to lydia #and once stiles finds out malia doesn’t really have anything that fits her lydia helps her out by giving her some of allisons things because its what allison would have done #but when she comes across a pair of knee high boots she just cant seem to part with them #so lydia gives malia a few things but keeps the boots #and lydia wears them whenever she needs to feel strong #and whenever she sees malia in allisons clothes a smile comes across her face #because its like a part of her is still there #and for a moment just for one split second allison isn’t gone #and when she finally comes back to reality she remembers allison would have been the best person to help malia adjust to this new life (via scottsally)
#this headcanon is like so ridiculously important to me??#malia doesn’t have clothes#all her old clothes are moulded for a nine year olds body so obviously her long legs won’t fit into them now#the only clothes in her house close to fitting her are that of her mother#and god knows she can’t wear them#they still smell of the perfume she wore every day and that scent paralyzes malia with guilt#and she has no patience for shopping#walking around in a crowded place?#picking out overly priced materials?#why? thinks malia#she’d rather walk around naked it’s not like she cares#they didn’t have clothing or a gap store in the woods#so lydia carefully pulls out the box of allison’s clothes she inherited from her best friend#and gives it to malia because she knows allison would have wanted to help#and she doesn’t tell malia where it comes from#just to take care of them#which she doesn’t understand because they’re just pieces of material who cares if they get ripped when she runs#but they smell different#and the next time scott sees her in one of the jackets he freezes#and she knows#no one tells her but she KNOWS it’s from allison#and this wild coyote girl who doesn’t understand soceity’s rules#nearly has a panic attack when she gets a food stain on allison’s green shorts (via maliastate)
Everyone stop what you’re doing right now and go see The Maze Runner. We just got back from the theatre and it is absolutely incredible. Dylan is EVERYTHING. Go NOW. Tell them I sent you!
I had to draw this after so many people messaged me explaining that they too have been blessed with Bitch-face, also known as Ultimate Scowl, Misery Features and Eternal Frowning
FANGIRL CHALLENGE || (18/100) Movies » The Thirteenth Tale
↳ "Our lives are so important to us that we tend to think the story of them begins with our birth. First there was nothing, then I was born…Yet that is not so. Human lives are not pieces of string that can be separated out from a knot of others and laid out straight. Families are webs. Impossible to touch one part of it without setting the rest vibrating. Impossible to understand one part without having a sense of the whole."
Zuko and Azula versus Moses and Rameses
Who shall sing me
into the death-sleep sling me…
When I walk on the Path of Death
and the tracks I tread are cold, so cold…
my top 10 bending scenes of korra in book 3