Ovation: If You Didn’t Already Love Emma Watson, You Should Now.
Six months ago, Emma Watson was quietly appointed as a United Nations Women Global Goodwill Ambassador. Last Saturday, the young actress, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, spoke as part of the launch of a new He For She campaign, which is aimed at getting men involved in stopping violence against women. Her eloquent speech, during which she declared herself to be a feminist, is truly moving.
Her emotional and passionate delivery of this well-written speech is certainly effective. She most certainly connected with her audience, drawing applause at more than one point during her oration.
“If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive,” she said. “If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled. 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.” – Emma Watson
Unfortunately, in the days following her appearance at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Watson has faced some backlash to her speech, including a threat to leak alleged nude photos that may or may not even exist.
“How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation? Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.” – Emma Watson
I imagine that, having been in the spotlight since a child, she knew that this appearance could make more headlines more than any appearance in any Hollywood blockbuster and she was aware of all the potential consequences of her appearance. This makes me believe her all the more when she says that she cares and she “feels that it’s her responsibility” to speak out about gender inequality. I’m pretty sure she can handle it.
“If not me, who? If not now, when?”
If you didn’t already love Emma Watson, you should now.
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