Girl Power…2014???

On September 20, 2014, as part of the discussions of UN week, goodwill ambassador Emma Watson launched the UN Women Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality (He For She) with a galvanizing speech. In the speech, she discusses the need to rid gender inequality and clarifies the meaning of “feminism” not as “man-hating,” as what many people have previously believed. She also described that during her own childhood, many of her female friends began to drop out of sports for fears of being too “muscly”  and many of her male friends were unable to express their feelings freely. She then goes on to point out that feminism does not pertain only to women. She has seen the pressures of her father being less valued as a parent while she still needed him as much as her mother. She points out the pressure men feel yet cannot express their true fears for fear of seeming less “manly.”

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.

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In turn, men and women can become more freedom. Men to shed their former patriarchal standards set by society and women shed their former domestic roles. For if we do not react, it may take as long as half a century to a century before all women will be able to receive secondary education, let alone gender equality.

Therefore, that “Harry Potter girl,” Emma Watson, has spoken. Be the He for She. Make gender equality as important as gay rights and abortion rights. Make 50.8% of the US population truly be heard; make the majority population of the world truly be heard. We must bash our stances of the feminine cult of domesticity. We must embrace all people, all genders, under the same eyes. Hence, may America elect its first democratic female president.


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