Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brief thoughts on criticisms of Emma Watson's U.N. speech

There has been much criticism of Emma Watson's speech at the United Nations for centering feminism on men, what we are capable of or not, and how sexism hurts us too. Dare I overstep my boundaries as a male-identified person to say that I agree, to an extent, with these critiques, though I hope for a world large enough to fit the type of feminisms that simultaneously center themselves around the ways of being and knowing of women--indeed, women's liberation--, while also articulating the ways in which patriarchy hurts all of us and that the articulation of this recognition not derail or de-centralize rhetoric and imaginations away from womanhood and women-centered possibilities, but contributes to the greater project of gender(ed) justice where all people are free from the shackles of misogyny. 

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