Watching Emma Watson’s speech, I felt like I could relate to a lot of what she said. My mother, who is the most career driven lady I know, decided to take her career in Chicago politics, which is one of the most man driven careers in our state. Over the past 15+ years she’s dealt with almost all situations of inequality, and has shown me how as a woman I have my rights and how I need to stand up for these rights.
She’s also shown me how to be compassionate with other people’s opinions. I grew up in an extremely strict, conservative household thanks to my step-father. But even through that my mother always created a space for me to voice my opinions, and even through all the horrible things my step father did he would sit and listen to what I had to say (depending on his mood of course) and give me insight on why he believed what he believed in and how he acted.
Emma Watson, and the other speakers for the HeforShe campaign all agreed on one major theme: that we cannot shun men from expressing their opinions or feelings. Oh, did so and so say something that was insensitive? Well then educate them, show them your train of thought and your beliefs. Just because one person makes a mistake, or says something(s) that are perceived as stupid or dumb, doesn’t discredit them from voicing their opinion on a matter.
In Ms.Watson’s speech she mentions that feminism has a negative connotation. That people feel that some women (including Emma herself) can be to strong headed, too opinionated, etc.
And I have to say that I have felt that way. I think that this movement is EXTREMELY important, and I want to do everything in my power to help women and men achieve gender equality.
With that said, I’m not going to bash other peoples opinions, make them feel stupid for expressing a thought, or just dismiss what they’re saying because they are a man. I think this goes against the whole movement in general. I’ve been seeing this a lot lately, and it just frustrates the hell out of me. It was coming to a point where I didn’t even want to have conversations with certain people because I didn’t want them to read too much into what I was saying, or make me feel like I was a “bad” woman for disagreeing with some of their opinions concerning feminism.
I’m EXTREMELY excited for this campaign, and cannot wait to see more progress within it.
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