Emma Watson Told Not To Use Word For "Feminism"

Emma Watson Told Not To Use Word For "Feminism"

Emma Watson was told not to use the word "Feminism" in her UN equality speech, but did anyway. What really IS feminism?
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Everyone loves Emma Watson. You know why? She's Hermione Granger, she's got a sick accent, she's beautiful, she broke our hearts in "Perks of Being a Wallflower" and advocated for the movie in the first place, she's smart (she graduated from Brown and attended Oxford during filming the Potter films), and, most importantly, she's a bad-ass who recognizes how important equality is for you and I.


Emma is a heavily dedicated activist for gender equality by serving as the U.N. Global Goodwill Ambassador for HeForShe, a campaign that supports equality for women as a basic human right that benefits us all. She has spoken out on the topic in front of world leaders and stood up on National Women's Day, but it was during Watson's jaw dropping equality speech at the UN Headquarters in September 2014 that earned her as the #1 feminist in the media.

The speech went viral, and Watson encouraged everyone to realize what true feminism is, equality. Contrary to ignorant, yet popular, belief, feminism is not hating men, nor about one's sexual preference. Equal opportunities?! Sounds so, (gasp), human!

Watson said, "I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I am should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved, on my behalf, in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights."

Mic drop.


However, when the video was released recently, Watson unveiled in her Porter magazine spread the truth behind the speech. Before the speech, Watson was told not to use the word "feminism" in the speech, as if it were considered disgusting or dirty (probably because of those stereotypes I mentioned two seconds ago) .

"I was encouraged not to use the word 'feminism' because people felt that it was alienating and separating, and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible," Watson said to Porter. The thing is, most people think this about the word feminism. Okay, I'll give you the fact that it doesn't sound alienating because it isn't called "femin-men-trans...ism," which could go much longer with additions. But honestly, that what education is for and why it is important. For people to realism that we all should be feminists, fighting for equality.

Since Watson is a fearless feminist bad-a**, however, she decided to use it many times in her speech to make a point. She addressed the issue that by asking her to not use a synonym for equality, it prolongs the social stigma attached to the word. "I thought long and hard, and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do," she said. "If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?"


In addition, Watson addressed the issues with men being unequal emotionally as well. She expressed how feminism fights for these rights as well. Feminism is equality of rights, not one gender surpassing another. All humans deserve equality in who they are and in what they choose to do. She said, "When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear muscle-y, when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist."

Overall, every single human being should be given equal opportunities and respect. If Hermione Granger fearlessly supports it, you should too. If you're a man, woman, transgender, etc., you deserve equality. Well done, Watson, for her being brave enough to stand up against this misconception about feminism.

Step aside, Queen B, Queen E is coming through.

Click here to revel in splendid speech.

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Ilhan Omar Is at Best Foolhardy and at Worst, Yes, Anti-Semitic

Her latest statements seem to lack substance, motivation, or direction.

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I find the case of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be a curious one.

Specifically, I am referring to the recent controversy over select comments of hers that have generated accusations of anti-Semitism. In all honesty, prior to doing research for this article, I was prepared to come to her defense.

When her comments consisted primarily of "Israeli hypnosis" and monied interest, I thought her wording poor, though not too egregiously deviated from that of most politicians in the current climate of bad behavior. After all, Israeli PACs surely do have a monied interest in the orientation of United States policy in the Middle East. Besides, if President Trump can hypothesize about killing someone in broad daylight and receive no official sanction, I don't see the need for the House of Representatives to hand down reprimand to Rep. Omar for simply saying that Israel may have dealt wrongly, regardless of the veracity of that position.

And yet, seemingly discontent that she had not drawn enough ire, Omar continued firing. She questioned the purported dual loyalty of those Americans who support the state of Israel, while also making claim that the beloved former President Obama is actually not all that different from the reviled current President Trump.

In short, the initial (mostly) innocuous statements about the United States' relation with Israel have been supplanted by increasingly bizarre (and unnecessary) postulations.

Those latest two controversies I find most egregious. Questioning the loyalty of an American citizen for espousing support for a heavily persecuted world religion and in defense of a refuge for practitioners of that self-same religion that has existed as an independent state since 1948, seems, in really no uncertain terms, anti-Semitic.

After all, is it not her own party that so adamantly supports persecuted Palestinians in the very same region? Is it not she and fellow Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (who is not without her own streak of anti-Semitic controversy) that have rejected challenges to their own loyalty in being ethnically Somali and Palestinian respectively? Is her claim not akin to the "racist" demands that Obama produce proof of his birth in the United States, and the more concrete racism that asserted he truly was not? And (if you care to reach back so far) can her statement not be equated to suggestions that President John F. Kennedy would be beholden to the Vatican as the first (and to date only) Catholic to hold the presidency?

From what I can discern amongst her commentary, in Omar's mind, the rules that apply to her framework on race, ethnicity, religion, and culture as sacred idols above reproach do not extend to her Jewish contemporaries.

Oh, and may I remind you that over 70% of Jewish Americans voted for Hilary Clinton in 2016.

And yet, beyond even this hypocrisy, is the strange disdain Omar suddenly seems to hold for Barack Obama. Even as a non-Democrat, while I can find reason for this, it is still largely perplexing.

To begin with, I recognize that Ilhan Omar is not your prototypical Democrat. She would scoff at being termed a moderate, and likely would do the same to being labeled a traditional liberal. While she doesn't identify as an outright democratic socialist, one would have to be totally clueless to avoid putting her in the company of those who do, such as Tlaib or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

As such, she's bound to have some critical evaluations of President Obama, despite the lionizing that the Democratic establishment has and continues to engage in. Two points still stick out to me as obvious incongruities in her statement, however.

First, Obama and Trump are nothing alike. Again, this coming from someone who does not regularly support either, I can at least attempt to claim objectivity. While Obama might not have been faithful to all the demands of the far-left during his presidency, his position on the political spectrum was far from the extreme bent that Trump has ventured into.

Secondly, there is the style of the two men to consider. While Obama had his share of goofs and gaffes (I still think it somewhat juvenile that he often refused to say "radical Islamic terrorism" when referring to Islamist extremists) he pales in comparison to Trump. Every week Trump has his foot caught in a new bear trap. Obama is enormously tame in comparison.

And in addition to all of that, one must beg the question of Omar's timing. With Republicans emboldened by her controversies and House Democratic leadership attempting to soothe the masses, why would Omar strike out at what's largely a popular figure for those that support her most? There seemed no motivation for the commentary and no salient reasoning to back it up, save that Omar wanted to speak her mind.

Such tactlessness is something that'll get you politically killed.

I do not believe Barack Obama was a great president, but that's not entirely important. I don't live in Ilhan Omar's district; her constituents believe Obama was a great president, and that should at least factor into her considerations. Or maybe she did weigh the negative value of such backlash and decided it wouldn't matter? 2019 isn't an election year, after all. Yet, even if that's the case, what's to gain by pissing off your superiors when they're already pissed off at you?

You need to pick your battles wisely in order to win the war, and I'm highly doubtful Omar will win any wars by pitching scorched-earth tactics over such minute concerns.

Her attitude reminds me not only of that of some of her colleagues engaging obtusely and unwisely over subjects that could best be shrugged off (see the AOC media controversies), but also some of my own acquaintances. They believe not only in the myth of their own infallibility, but the opposition bogeyman conjured by their status in a minority or marginalized group. As the logic goes, "I'm a member of x group, and being so gives me the right to decimate anyone who has any inclination to stand against me in any capacity, tit for tat." So much for civility.

I initially came here to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar, and I still do hold to that in certain cases. The opposition to some of her positions is unwarranted. She is allotted the freedom of speech, as are all Americans.

And yet, in certain other cases she has conducted herself brashly, and, one could argue, anti-Semitically.

All I can say is that I am content living adjacent to Minneapolis, not in it. You'd be hard-pressed to find me advocating for leadership that makes manifest in such impolitic fashion.

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