Feminists Need To Be More Forgiving Of Emma Watson

Feminists Need To Be More Forgiving Of Emma Watson

No feminist has ever been or will ever be perfect.
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A common complaint I see from feminists is that they hate it when people who preach about feminism are actually white feminists. The issue they have with it is completely understandable because no feminist should solely focus on issues affecting white women. If that person that says they are a feminist is a white woman, they should not disregard the fact that they also have some privileges. However, when a former white feminist addresses their mistakes and works to change, it should be welcomed.

One person who has been called a white feminist dozens of times over the past few years is Emma Watson. When she first decided to be a feminist, one of the main topics of her activism was the gender wage gap.

The problem was that Watson never included the wage gap between women of different races in those discussions. In general, she would rarely speak about issues affecting women of color, and it upset the feminist community since she could have been making better use of her fame.

I am a huge fan of Watson and her 2015 UN speech was actually what inspired me to start learning about feminism, but I was disappointed to see that she was a white feminist. A part of me always hoped that she would recognize that she was not being intersectional, and a few days ago it actually happened.

Watson wrote a letter to her book club about how their first book of 2018 was 'Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race' by Reni Eddo-Lodge. In her letter, she brought up how the public had labeled her as a white feminist. She explained how she was confused by it because she thought they were calling her that because she is white, and she wondered if it also meant that they were calling her racist. Watson then explained,

“It would have been more useful to spend the time asking myself questions like: What are the ways I have benefited from being white? In what ways do I support and uphold a system that is structurally racist? How do my race, class and gender affect my perspective?”

I was relieved when I saw her post because I had always been hoping she would recognize her faults. Watson even thanked the people in her life that have called her out for being a white feminist because it caused her to grow as a human being.

The responses to her letter have been mixed. There are people that continue to call Watson a white feminist despite how much her activism has changed over the years, and there are others who have congratulated her for educating herself.

It is important to understand that even though it was the criticism that Watson received that caused her to change, it does not mean that she should not be praised for actually reflecting on her brand of feminism and working to make it inclusive.

Watson was a white feminist for a long time, but I do not believe that she is still one. She is making an effort to be the best feminist she can possibly be and I think that is admirable.

Feminists should not stay stuck on the fact that Watson needed to be corrected. Yes, she has made mistakes, but how do you expect the feminist community to grow if you refuse to give people the chance to better themselves?

No feminist has ever been or will ever be perfect, but those of us who truly care about social justice will continue to adapt our ways of thinking as we learn more about feminism.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.
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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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Heroes Of Our Time

Or, how I want to be a hero in the modern world.

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On March 8, it was International Women's Day, where people all over the world recognized the struggles of women around the world, along with the necessary progress necessary to achieve full equality in society. That day passed through my mind like any other day, but the idea of being celebrated for my achievements and helping others garner rights always stood out to me. And with the opportunities which I'm fortunate to have and those I've created, I could do something special.

Simultaneously, I also live in a world where the difference between a hero and a villain is obscured, if not completely dissolved. In our political climate, where at this point, even a certain action can be interpreted to many different ways, whomever is a hero is considered one who not only stands up for themselves, but also brings a strong victory to their side. And with the 2020 presidential campaigns along the way, I had the impression the Democratic Party candidates may shift further to the left, which is advantageous for my political position, but not necessarily for those who may oppose it.

When combined for my interests in literature, I see heroism as one shining moment, born out of the hero's journey. A person would receive their calling from a supernatural source or fate, and decide to take it. They would of course struggle to do what's right and achieve their destiny, but when they did, they would have spectacular glory and respect, no matter if its in life or death.

These influences shape how I want to become a hero — I want to emerge out of a humdrum life in university, take a stand with my writing, and eventually inspire people to do the same. But in books and movies, heroism is seemingly straightforward, showing none of the ordinary work a person has to take to achieve their high status, nor how they pushed through at what they're doing. As somebody who started lacking persistence and will recently, I question how I want to be heroic, when I have to learn how to survive as well.

Going into my 22 year, and further into graduation, I have to learn heroism isn't necessarily contained in one moment, like saving a life or motivating troops to go to war. It doesn't even have to be factional at times, defeating good over evil in some aspects. It has to be a commitment towards what one believes in, and the perseverance to see it through, no matter how difficult it is or how hot the spotlight burns on oneself. And wouldn't it be enough for now?

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