So I watched Emma Watson’s feminism speech earlier and I was honestly awed by it. The standing ovation she received at the end was well-deserved. She is an incredible person and I have to agree with what she was saying. Personally I’ve always found it unfair how men and women are not equal, however, like she said in her speech, I was afraid to call myself a feminist due to the labelling of feminists as “anti-men”. I’m not against men. I wouldn’t be who I am today without my Dad, I have a boyfriend who I’ve been with for years and wouldn’t be without because he’s my best friend too, and I am closer to more guys than girls. I’m not afraid to say “I am a feminist” any more. The speech showed the world that there is another side to feminism and that is what the world and people like me need to see and hear. I needed to hear that to feel confident enough to say “yes, that is what I believe in”. Before I thought of feminism as something negative; a group of women promoting that women are better than men. Today I learnt that that is not the case. Not if enough people speak out and say that they are feminists. I have to say that she is one of the most inspiring people. Some of the things she said were extremely true and need to be acted upon. Things need to change.
If I ever have a time when I’m worried about speaking out or have moments of doubt I shall ask myself:
If not me, who? And if not now, when?