Ok I don’t want to drag Emma because I think what she has done has actually changed perceptions for some people so this isn’t like a slate Emma Watson session like I really admire her and how she views things and what she said in her speech was very true in some parts AND they way she dismantled the stigma around feminism was really great
Firstly I don’t think any of the things she said were revolutionary. Everything she said was correct and everything she said I believe strongly in but it seemed a very basic summary of feminist perspective and I wouldn’t call her “queen of feminism” or any of those types of things that i’ve been hearing. However I do think what she did was possibly a catalyst for change in mainstream media where rather than #girlpower becoming a popular fad actual Feminism might actually replace it? And hopefully the values she preached become cemented in mainstream media practices
The actual term #heforshe is terrible imo it’s making female empowerment about men which should absolutely n o t be an objective for a feminist campaign. Also it’s giving men validation because they get to show the world how great they are for actually wanting both sexes to be treated equally on every level, and they’re not actually great they’re just doing the right thing which should be granted regardless of the praise you get from exclusive feminists like Lena Dunham.
I really love Emma Watson and respect her but I also think it was funny that Emma who has had no true past experience of being explicitly a feminist was chosen as the advocate over other women who most definitely deserve the position (Beyonce, Nicki Minaj you know what I mean) and we can probably assume why if you look at the privilege Emma gets from her skin colour and the fact that she isn’t an overly sexual person and men don’t like women who take charge of their sexuality.
These are only a few things I picked out from it and I’m sure there are other criticisms but I think at the end of the day this campaign is pandering to men and hasn’t actually said anything that hasn’t been said before. Like I said I really respect Emma for who she is and what she’s done but I feel like feminism is (and should always be) such a current topic that the values she put forward towards consideration should have been a lot more in depth and it should have had nothing to do with men who don’t need validation at all.
Sorry this got long but here you go
Taylor Swift on Emma Watson’s UN speech and (last 2 gifs) on not “acting up” like Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears (x)
me: *feels productive when I catch up on tv shows*
I’m kind of rethinking the album cover.
Behind the scenes polaroids from Aubrey Plaza’s shoot with Nylon Magazine [x]
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any life on the worlds of that far off future should be safe, but they will be treated to an amazing billion-year-long lightshow.
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