“You don’t know your place.”
“Get back where you belong.”
“Go make me a sandwich.”
“You’re nothing without a man.”
“Your role is to get married, have children, cook, and clean.”
“Women belong in the home. Men belong at work.”
This week when scrolling through Facebook I found an article about Emma Watson receiving sexual threats because of her stand on feminism. Without hesitation I opened the article and found myself getting offended: “Feminism is a growing cancer.” “If only her nudes got leaked and she had the load on her face. Her feminism kick would be over.” “Her recent feminism rally is going to be shutdown hard.” Men would hate to be treated this way, so why should women be any different?
Being a female I took the attacks on Emma Watson personal. In 1996, Nora Ephron presented a Commencement Address to the graduates at Wellesley College. “Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged.”
Gender equality continues to be a major problem in the world, however, it is a problem for both men and women. Yes, women hear constantly that they belong in the kitchen, but men face situations where they are told they are “girly”. Like Watson stated, “Men – I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.” It’s time to come together and have equality among the gender race. Women have as many rights as men and vice versa. Stop telling men that they throw like a girl or that women only belong in the kitchen. “The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have 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. For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” Being from a family of strong independent women, I agree with Emma Watson and hope that we can strive toward gender equality.
To see Emma Watson’s full speech follow the link below: