Emma Watson Was Told Not To Say ‘Feminism’ In UN Speech
And politely ditched the advice like the goddess she is.
Emma Watson’s September 2014 HeForShe UN speech is arguably one of the most noteworthy and influential discussions on gender equality and feminism of our time. But in a new interview with the Porter magazine, Watson revealed her highly acclaimed speech could have turned out very differently.
“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,” the Harry Potter star revealed.
Thankfully, as we all know, Watson stayed true to her inner rebel and metaphorically put the recommendation where it belonged.
“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?”
And we have that very #sorrynotsorry attitude to thank for the now renowned phrase, “The more I have talked about feminism, the more I’ve realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”
It was an idea that would go on to reshape the way we approached feminism and ultimately influenced women around the world to reclaim the term.
Although Watson chose not to identify exactly who gave her this piece of ill advice, we’re certainly glad she chose to ignore it.
It’s no secret we love Emma Watson for many reasons, not only is she the queen of cool, but the actor is unapologetically true to herself, regardless of what others think of her. Which is why she verbally kicked ass for 15 glorious minutes when she broke the rules delivering her speech at last year’s HeForShe launch, an event focused on encouraging men to join the fight for women’s equality across the world.
Of sticking to her gut instincts, Watson said in her recent interview,
“For the first time in my life I feel like I have a sense of self that I’m comfortable with. I actually do have things that I want to say. I want to be my most authentic self.”
Comment: Do you think feminism is still seen as a dirty word?