Feminism is not Man-Hating #HeForShe

by - 23 December

...it's a call for human rights. 

I've noticed how Emma Watson's twitter feed is swimming in masses and masses of retweets of the #HeForShe solidarity movement. What was this whole He for She thing and why was Emma Watson so passionate about it? I thought that the best way to find out was to listen to her speech that I had thoughtlessly moved to my YouTube watch later.

Emma Watson's Candid at-Home Hashtag Shot

Emma delivered a speech on the misconceptions of feminism. How feminism is perceived as man-hating and an only female activity. Of course, we'd seen the odd male feminists in the media too. We never really look at these "feminists" as activists for human rights but rather time wasting attention seekers looking for a new issue to scream and shout about.

Getting it Out of the Mud
'For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.'
When did the word "feminism" get caught up irrevocably in a muddy stigma? We learnt about the women campaigning for the vote in history lessons at school. We saw Malala take a stand against the Taliban for education. We cheered them on because we are 'inadvertent' feminists in that we don't realise that feminism is a belief of human rights. The right to vote and the right to an education. Emma's on point in saying that feminism is a call for 'political, economic and social equality of the sexes'.

'My life is a sheer privilege because my parents don't love me less because I was born a daughter...my mentors didn't assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day.'
'They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists who are changing the world today.'

It's Your Fight Too
'Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation'.
Since when did feminism become an only woman fight? It is men's fight too. We never hear of 'men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes'. The general assumption that women are weak both physically and mentally in turn creates the assumption that men should be strong both physically and mentally. This puts pressure on both the sexes, to be what they are assigned to be. Emma states that 'Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive...to be strong.' Men should have 'permission to be vulnerable and human too'.

Feminism is there for an equality for both women and men resting on a word that began, for me at least, during women's campaign for inclusion in political matters. Why has this word been dragged through the mud? 

'And if you still hate the word, it is not the word that is important it is the idea and ambition that is important.'

To end this post, I think it only fitting to post pictures of some of the male supporters of the #HeForShe campaign I grabbed from Twitter. 200,000 men have already signed up, put your name down to show your support.


Thoughts Feminism are interesting, share some in the comments or on Twitter click #HeForShe

Finland UN join too @MFA_LI
Filmmaker @vicws 
From @EmWatson's Twitter
@isabel_turi shares a snap of her brother

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  1. This feminism movement is messing it up for all women.

  2. I think it's clearing out misconceptions of feminism. For a long time I always set out with the disclaimer "I'm not feminist BUT -" because I thought that people would see me as a crazy man-hater. Feminism is a call for equality for men too.