So this is it, my first blog post EVER! Well at least my first blog post in the public domain. It’s taken me ages to decide to write a blog post, partly because it’s scary to write views and opinions, put it in the public domain and allow people to make a judgment, criticism or comment but partly, and I have to admit mainly, going through the set up of the blog in the first place.
Something made me write my first blog post today. I’m not feeling well and have rapidly become bored of the daytime tv (literally cannot wait to go back to work!) but I also watched something on youtube that made me want to write about it.
I watched Emma Watson’s speech at the UN about the @heforshe campaign. As I was watching it I found myself nodding along and agreeing in a way that I have never reacted to articles about feminism before. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is right that women should be treated equally, I’m a woman after all but I had always felt reluctant to describe myself as a feminist and get passionate about the subject. I do hang my head in shame when I hear other strong female role models and friends talk about feminism and have constantly questioned why I don’t feel the need to go out and campaign for gender inequality on the same scale as other topics like the war in Libya and Syria.
I guess, put simply, it”s because I hadn’t watched Emma Watson’s speech. Not only did she challenge the myths that all feminists are manhaters in such an eloquent way, she also recognised that gender inequality relates to men as well as women and the the fight against gender inequality should relate to both men and women. The bit where I did a fist punch in the air and shouted yes is set out below
“If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to be in control, women won’t have to bemen and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong..it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.”
Would I describe myself as a feminist? Maybe. Would I describe myself as an advocate against gender inequality? Absolutely.