10 Emma Watson quotes that have the power to change your perspective

first_imgOver the last few years she has become one of the most popular voices for gender equality in popular culture. The Hollywood actress was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador by UN Women for championing the cause of gender equality and efforts to spread the real meaning of ‘feminism’.But the path of feminism is not so smooth, even for a star. Emma too has had her share of antagonism. But the gusty girl never bowed down to hate messages. In fact she’s often, surprised us with her mature understanding of this complicated discourse. And that, at the age of 25. So when someone posed a seething question to her recently, she gave just the perfect response. Also read: Emma Watson slams sexism in HollywoodIn a Twitter chat session #AskEmma on October 9, someone asked Emma, ‘Are you a white feminist?”. Here’s what she [email protected] I want as many people as possible to feel seen, heard and included in this movement. pic.twitter.com/QHogOflPYn Emma Watson (@EmWatson) October 9, 2015 This is not the first time Emma has left us amazed by her understanding of self vs gender equation and social norms.In her first speech at the UN for HeForShe Campaign, Emma touched upon various issues that are ailing feminist movement currently. It was pretty clear when she said this:”I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”Calling for a change in outlook, Emma urged:advertisement”It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”She realised she was a feminist when she saw her friends giving up their true selves to conform to the societal norms:”When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear muscle-y, when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist.”When confronted with dilemma:”In my nervousness for this speech and my moments of doubt, I’ve told myself firmly, ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?'”On need for inclusion of women to bring about change:”How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?”On feminism and its purpose:”We need more of those and if you still hate the word, it is not the word that is important. It’s the idea and the ambition behind it.”‘If I was going to be a princess, I’d be a warrior princess. Definitely’. Picture courtesy: APElsewhere, on the need for a woman to be less than her man, Emma said. Also read: Emma Watson dating Mexican hunk Roberto Aguire? “The saddest thing for a girl to do is dumb herself down for a guy.”On following social norms:”If I was going to be a princess, I’d be a warrior princess. Definitely.”On perfect vs real debate:”There’s nothing interesting about looking perfect – you lose the point. You want what you’re wearing to say something about you, about who you are.”On making mistakes and learning from them:”As much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.”  The actress sure knows what she is talking about and we love her for that!  Watch: Emma Watson’s fight against oppressive forces in Colonia trailerlast_img


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