When I wrote Newton's Laws of Emotion, I didn't set out to create Sophia, Sir Isaac Newton's romantic interest in the film, as a role model for girls. But now that I have, I dearly hope that one day if this movie ever makes it to the big screen, a young girl will point at Sophia and say, "I want to be like her."
Anyone who wishes to speak as a leader would be wise to read the transcript of her talk and watch the videos of her delivering in.
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Emma Watson is right that men need to join the fight for gender equality. But if HeForShe is to make waves, it needs to move beyond a Twitter trend to a concerted shift in social norms. So let's talk about what HeForShe should look like in practice.
I believe that the use of labels is generally detrimental to the fight for equality, particularly with such an exclusive and narrowly defined label as in Watson's use of feminism. Labels splinter groups, and in fact, conceptualize the borders themselves.
Many historical women whose accomplishments we are aware of today had to battle society's perceptions of women's proper place. Some women were fortunate enough to have the support of a man in their endeavors -- the "He for She" paradigm Emma Watson recently spoke of at the U.N.
Unless the men at the top of our organizations strategically decide that equality at the top is the right thing to do, it won't happen.
While our beloved celebrities may win awards for their on-screen personas, the public is usually pretty conscientious of who actually has a heart invested in their said foundations and organizations and who has a publicist shoving an agenda down their throat.
Although we live in one of the best time periods in history for women to coexist with men, there is still so much separation between genders. Thank you, Emma Watson, for bringing this issue to international attention, because these acts of feminism-hating, inequality and slut-shaming need to come to an end.
You and I can both do something to counteract evil. Each time we side with harmony in our relationships, each time we say yes to forgiveness and humility we say yes to peace. Each time we choose to view a situation through the eyes of love, we have chosen a healing view.
Gender cannot be divorced from race, sexuality, religious or socio-economic backgrounds, and the feminist movement must be accommodating to this intersectionality.
I am a proud feminist. I'm pro-choice. I advocate for comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive justice. I teach courses on theology, gender, and sexuality. I want to steal Beyonce's set from the VMAs and keep it in my living room. And I do all those things not in spite of my faith, but because of it.
Positioning men as the saviors of oppressed women isn't productive, and devalues the work that feminists have been doing for decades.
Nested in the hills of the Hudson Valley, a group of men took the stage to talk about what it means to be a man. The conversation continued throughout the weekend and was the first time men were invited to the annual conference Women and Power.
I was surprised by the hype. I hadn't considered any one of Watson's scripted statements to be new, let alone groundbreaking. They were simply a helpful reminder of what battles still need to be fought upon the field of modern feminism. Or was I missing something?