Over the weekend, Emma Watson took to the UN to deliver a speech on gender equality. Par for the course for any celebrity of note to take on some cause and give a few speeches about it, but Watson separates herself from the pack by delivering a fourteen-minute powerhouse of raw, eloquent truth.
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 sexualized 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. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists.
And so on. The speech is well worth watching in its entirety, or you can read the entire text here ... Discuss