“Feminism is not here to dictate to you. It’s not prescriptive, it’s not dogmatic. All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop. Women should feel free. There is no typical feminist, there is nothing anywhere that says you have to meet a certain set of criteria.” —Emma Watson
“Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.”
When, at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscley.’ When, at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings. I decided that I was a feminist.
“There were times when it felt very lonely, moving to the other side of the world [to attend Brown University], to where I had no support, when I was on the side of buses everywhere. But I’m so glad I did, it was the best thing I could have done, putting myself in that furnace. It gave me this place of refuge, this space I could negotiate for myself, and time to figure out who I was.”