I’m a feminist, well I want gender equality at least

by Simon Murdoch

Emma Watson gave a speech at the UN recently at the launch of the new HeforShe campaign. It’s well worth listening to.

She makes some interesting points. For example, she says feminism has poor connotations almost a dirty word so that lots of people, especially women, who want gender equality are not comfortable being called feminists. She says this is because many feminists have been anti-men so haven’t shown gender equality themselves.

I am a big fan of gender equality. Emma talks about the many small and large prejudices across gender. For example, men are considered weak if they are not macho. If they cry. If they show their emotions even.

I’m fine with you knowing that I cry at reality TV programmes. X Factor especially. Not every week, but sometimes it really gets me, right there.

I love Ed Sheeran’s song: “Even my Dad does sometimes”. I’m that Dad and not ashamed of it by any means.

Over the years, I’ve learned that I’m happy to just be myself. I’m transparent. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I try my utmost not to hide anything. If you think less of me because I sometimes cry at X Factor, then that reflects more on you than it does on me!

So I guess I’m a feminist. I’m a gender equalist anyway, and proud of it.

  • aelloyd

    It turns out that I am an inadvertent feminist. I share your thoughts and feelings Simon. I feel very lucky to have 3 sisters who have taught me a huge amount about feminism, not that it was ever discussed using that word. They have been fortunate to grow up in a household and community where their thoughts and views and value are based on their thoughts and views, not their sex. Being the father of 2 daughters makes this personal, of course, and I feel a sense of responsibilty to ensure, as best I can, that my daughters have the same opportunities as my soon to be born son. The UK is amongst the best places in the world to be born a girl, but we still have a long way to go (check out this article on Sweden in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/world/europe/10iht-sweden.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0) . Men must be a part of this and take responsibility for the short-comings amongst their fellow-men in this realm. I am sadly reminded of the child abuse scandal in Rotheram where some, and perhaps many, in the community of the perpetrators are unwilling to take responsibility and accept that there is probably a deep-seated cultural component to what happened there. I hope that people like Emma Watson can encourage introspection and intra-community action.

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