Feminism: The beast who must not be named

By Thea Voutiristsas

UN Women

UN Women

Back in September 2014, Emma Watson gave a speech on gender equality, formally extending an invitation to all men to join the HeforShe movement. She argued that fighting for women’s rights is too often equated to man-hating, and called for a stop to this belief. Setting the record straight that feminism is about equality of the genders, not the advancement of women over men. Believe it or not, she was even asked not to use the word “feminism” in her speech. She told the Evening Standard:

“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. But I thought long and hard and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do. If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?”