I decided that I was a feminist. And this seemed 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. Apparently I am among the tanks of women whose expressions are seen too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain and think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.
—  Emma Watson, UN speech

If you have not seen Emma Watson’s speech to the U.N for the equality of woman… stop what you’re doing and youtube it…right now. Men and woman. It is a speech dedicated to both. The respect I have for this woman is off the charts. She is so very on point, and inspiring. It is so true. Men always tend to think that because women get vocal about wanting to be treated equal, that they are “bashing” on men. That’s not the truth. We love men. We just feel that we should be treated and respected the same as you would like to be treated and respected. We don’t want to take over the world, we just want to share it. We don’t think you should be treated with any less respect, men. We just want to rise to an equal respect level. Women should be paid the same as a man for doing the same job. We should be able to say what we want done with our own body. We should be able to have a say in common rights, and in movements. Men shouldn’t be put down, or be accused of being soft if they seek help, or need to show emotion. This doesn’t mean we all need to turn into delicate, soft people. This means we should all become strong and powerful together. If only we could bring this to head, the possibilities this world and our lives could have are truly endless! Don’t just read about this issue, ladies and gentleman… do something about it. Speak out. Raise awareness. Help! Men and women! Thank you kindly, Ms. Emma Watson… for taking such a huge leap, because if not me… who? If now now, when? ♡ #heforshe #emmawatson #equality #community #respect

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I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself. I want to avoid becoming too styled and too “done” and too generic. You see people as they go through their career and they just become more and more like everyone else. They start out with something individual about them but it gets lost. — Emma Watson

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