Don’t want to call yourself a feminist, but you agree with equality and justice for both sexes?
Are you a man, but don’t want to emasculate yourself with a feminist label?
Well, look no further for a solution.
Emma Watson gave a fantastic speech at the United Nation’s Headquarters in New York City over the weekend. I mean holy shit, you’ve got to watch it. Two minutes in and I got goosebumps.
Emma talked about how the world needs more inadvertent Feminists, and damn is she right. The label “feminist” is scary, I get it. But if you push past the terrible stereotypes created by society that surround the word, the ramifications of being gender positive and supporting equality across genders impacts not only girls, but boys, and transgender people as well.
And if you still hate the word: It’s not the word that is important. It is the idea and ambition behind it. A quote from Emma herself.
Maybe a more unifying word would be a good idea, I will agree with you on that, BUT the point is not (nor has it ever been) about the word itself, but what the word stands for. The word “feminist” stands for so many important ideals and movements that benefit every human being- maybe some dogs and cats, too.
“But I’m a man.”
When men are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, then we will see change for women as well. As much as we want to deny it, men and women are in fact connected in social structure. Social pressures effect both men and women. Finally, a gender equality movement that pays some attention to men, right?! We see you men. And we need you to help do something for change, too. We are on the same team.
Both men and women should feel free to be strong.
If not me, who?
If not now, when?
We are struggling for a uniting word, but we have a uniting movement.