Emma Watson’s controversial #HeForShe UN speech

Why was it controversial you ask? I myself am having a lot of trouble getting my head around how this issue escalated in such an aggressive and unnecessary manner. Having watched it a little later than everybody else, I was bombarded with demands to sit down and watch the entire video, and since Emma Watson is one of my idols, I thought, sure why not. I sat at my laptop, and was absolutely blown away by her sincerity and tentativeness when approaching the subject. It was a moment of pure joy when she cleared up the definition of feminism. Many, many, MANY people claim to know what it is, and yet, when asked to recite the definition, they end up spouting the usual line that the media has impregnated society with. It both surprises and pains me to know that educated men and women all around the world have fallen for this line, when they clearly know better. Feminism, for all intents and purposes, is a movement which strives for women to be treated as equally as men. Gender equality. NOT, THAT WOMEN SHOULD BE SUPERIOR TO MEN. Emma mentioned in the very beginning how perplexing it was that modern day society’s view of feminism is synonymous to man-hating.

Feminism has become synonymous with man-hating.

Feminism has become synonymous with man-hating.

The things that aggravates me more than anything is the backlash that this brilliant women is receiving for what may be one of the greatest speeches on gender equality in our generation. You would think that she is receiving this abuse from men, since a woman could not possible abuse another women for standing up on the behalf of women all around the world. No. Men, women, old, young, almost everyone. How could anybody have been interpreted in such a wrong way, when they were asking for political, social and economic equality for both genders? After reading about the backlash, I decided to watch the video again. Maybe I missed something? But no. It was just as correct the second time around.

In my home country, Pakistan, women who stand up for what they believe in, or try and obtain equal opportunities to their male counterparts are usually beaten down or silenced unless they come from a certain social class or background. Malala Yousaf is testament to this. Poor Malala was gunned down by terrorists after standing up for her right and belief that girls in her village should be educated. Malala recovered and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Why is Emma Watson being shunned for something that was supposed to be both beautiful and brilliant? It is almost as if people believe that being financially unstable takes away your rights as a human being. I think its safe to say that these third world countries harbour an undesirable level of corruption, and therefore in countries such as Britain and America where we are lucky enough to practice freedom of speech, it is absolutely appalling what she had to endure in the aftermath of her words.

Contrary to popular belief, gender equality is essentially a basic human right. Just like any other right stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is something that neither men nor women should be robbed of, or flogged down for. It was not as if she stood there, demanding to be coronated the queen of the universe, and had threatened to employ the entirety of the male species as her slaves. The speech was not just targeted towards women; it was targeted to anybody who was intelligent enough to listen and understand.

‘How can we effect 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.’

This girl knows what she is talking about. She has made it known to the world, when the rest of us were sitting there only brave enough to think these things. The response she got from this is sad, and slowly diminishes my faith in the human race. The #HeForShe campaign is a uniting movement for both men and women alike to unite against gender equality and create a better world for our children, because in the wise words of Emma Watson, if not us, then who? If not now, then when?

5 thoughts on “Emma Watson’s controversial #HeForShe UN speech

  1. Hi ema its me”!!!! again has can I explain my fill if naw I fell like a miserable no one!! I don’t know if all this little things. Like I live on this short time or a few months are true sometimes I think I just a dream product of my main ihave too much problems some times its difficult I lose mi wife I losse everything but still thinking girls for my are the best on the world no podria reprocharle nada era espesial era brillsnte nunca seria capas de aserle dano quisas SI la jente tiende a estallar debido ala adquisición de barios problemas en el dia quizás en ese sentido si me exalte pero nunca pensando lastimarle al fnsl si cometi errores como cualquier ser humano nunca pensé q el mundo ser me vendría ensima yo la entiendo cada vez que me dise enojada molesta que no desea ni verme abeses uno lastima tanto con las palabras que es peor que las golpisss q suelen ocadionar algunos maridos me duele en el alma recordar sus palabras al final nadie puede hobligar a ningún ser humano ah permaneser al lado de una persona ala q no ser le quiere ala q se le odia ala que solo dsve lastimar””” es casi algo similar a renunciar al trabajo oh a un trabajo en donde solo see ven hombres por lo regular siempre hay terserss opiniones oh preferencias Asia los hombre y mas si see trata de trabajo físico yo see q igual muchas mujeres tienen asta mas fuerza q algunos hombre pero lamentablemente nuestra sosiedsd cresio enajenadas por las pasadas generaciones donde todos sabemos q la mujer sufrió muchos arrebatos como ya lo avía dicho por eso cresi mirando la vida desde un rincón detalladamente mas despasio que los demás debido tambien al ya llamado buling oh abuso de compañeros jentes mayores yo no soy un genio ni alguien mejor q nadie para genios los niños ellos siempre me dan mi lección de vida por eso siempre mirando las cosas con calma aprendo a mirar esos pequeños detalles que diferencian alas personas en tantas cosas aquello q rompe lo cotidiano abedes cosas maravillosas y buenas abeses cosas no tan buenas es difisil tratar de comunicarles esto alas personas requiere de arduo trabajo y un poder de palabra como el que tu jovensuta hermosa poses la verdad see me eriss la piel cuando hablas en esas reuniones para mi en lo personal la mujer es mas fuerte en muchos aspectos a nosotros, por eso yo les respeto por que ssven escuchar y en los hombre todo es mas naturaleza como les diré machista vlsto debido ala misma enagenacion de la que ya les avía comentado la verdad eh sieryo que existe desigualdad entre hombre mujer aun que digan que no yo lo eh visto muchos lo emos bisto y callamos por temor a perder el trabajo. en particular para mi persona no hay cosa mas maravillosa que sentir el calor el cariño la amistad el amor apresio y tantas cosas de las que las mujeres son capases de jenerar con quienes see portan bien con ellas para mi es el infinito acarisiarles no hay cosa,, son tantas cosas q se me vienen ala mente que quizás entro y salgo del tema o termino por no terminar de explicar algo pero si grasias por aser esto Ema aunque requiere de arduo trabajo y tiempo es bueno saber que personas como tu están asiendo algo disiendo presente luchando por esos detalles que aun siguen inconclusos la igualdad no see si lo que escribo sirva oh no solo aprobecho para desir algo el careser de amigos el pasar tanto tiempo a solas callando todo lo q me asfixia no es bueno por eso aprobecho escribiendo los tonterías no eh llebado estos meses una vida feliz que digamos aparento no lirarme tan mal para q la jente ya no me llametonyo inbesil o drgdct no soy perfecto abeses creeo ser alguien para sierts jente pero son mas las ocasiones en las que me sasen sentir el cero ala izquierda o basura simplemente nadie ojala y puedas leer algo de lo que escribo solo para no sentirme tan loco solo olvidado la verdad estas asiendo algo digno de la reina que eres ojala las personas que te rodean sepan agradesertelo y valoren lo que vales espero no vometan los errores q yo tuve para dsrme cuenta de tantas cosas para darme cuenta que las personas que mas defendy y apoye me sbsndonaron no les culpo ni les odio por q ellos supieron detenerse por sus familias y mi defecto mas grande es ser amable no see desir no a un favor o paro disen por aquí siempre termine gadtando tiempo en aser qlgo von los demás en bes de dedicarlo a quienes de verdad lo nesesitaban asiendo cosas que mejor no comento todo por querer ganar amistades de las que siempre eh caresido por ser popular o bien bisto las mujeres don mas lesles ah esto ala amistad lealtad amor cariño entendimiento es una balanza muy desproporsionada lamentablemente me ubiese gustado tener mejor estudio ser alguien de bien mejor preparado pero es difisil no reprocho nada amis padres por que isieron lo que pudieron y los amo sunq no see los diga es maravilloso esto q ases sigue adelante ema Watson mis mejores deseos con tu prollecto y lo que viene a futuro la verdad te admiro y creeo q no doy el único tu la ir es grandiosa eh incomparable aun que te critiquen eres y seguirss siendo el dolor de muelas para los que no dan rienda al problema de desigualdad y espero no les des motivo para que te bensan pasenla bien y como dises si no somos nosotros quien será si no es haora en tonses cuando? Sers tan duro entender esto para las personas que se llaman preparadas y educadas ? O see tratara siempre de dinero para ponerlos de acuerdo?

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    • I can speak a little Spanish, but I had to Google translate the rest of what you were saying, so it was hard for me to understand exactly what you were trying to say. I get the gist that you agree with me?

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