So this has been the week of Emma Watson, who gave an impassioned speech at the UN (full transcript here) about the responsibility of men to support and promote gender equality. The #HeForShe campaign launched by Watson gained plenty of traction with many celebrity men making public statements about being feminist allies.
“When I was 8, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualised by certain elements of the media, 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. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”
But of course as with any public stance on feminism, there were the detractors and the attackers – that’s the depressing thing about the world we live in. Threats were made – though this later appeared to be a hoax, which makes it no less problematic – to expose nude pictures of Watson as had happened with Jennifer Lawrence and others in recent weeks.