Emma Watson made a speech in front of the United Nations today as a Goodwill Ambassador. She spoke in light of greater global equality. While she poses concerns with feminism and it’s limited association, many Vloggers, like Julie Borowski have addressed the lack of adoption of the feminist label.
“Feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights, and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”
says Watson, the 24 year old Goodwill Ambassador, as she educates the U.N. on the definition of feminism.
“My recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word, women are choosing not to identify as feminist.”
A recent Huffington Post poll confirms that only 23% of women consider themselves feminists. The same poll shows that the majority of women view feminism as a negative term as oppose to a positive one.
Watson asks a legitimate question,
“Why has the word [feminism] become such an uncomfortable one?”
Julie Borowski, a supporter for the Woman against Feminism campaign, answers this question in her Vlog posted one month earlier:
“…we judge the feminist movement by it’s actions and not what Dictionary dot com says it is.”
“The definition doesn’t say anything about victimization or entitlement mentality or man-hating. But I’ve seen enough of that in feminst circles to know that I don’t really want to be associated with that label.”
Watson continues by attempting to squash the idea that feminism isn’t about man-hating.
“Men, gender equality is your issue too”,
She says assuredly.
She continues to mention how being a father is not viewed socially as important as being a mother is, and that the stereotype of being a man doesn’t include sensitivity and true expression.
However, Borowski won’t buy it,
“But seriously, almost everyone is for equality of the sexes in America.”
This is true as 82% of both men and women collectively believe that “men and women should be social, political, and economic equals.”, according to Huffington Post.
So why is feminism not adopted? Borowski thinks it’s aim for entitlement and lack of positive encouragement.
“I would much prefer a positive message not a message of victimization. A message of self empowerment and self responsibility. Not blame other people or blame the patriarchy for your own mistakes and failures. The victimization message creates an entitlement mentality that people think they’re owed something and I think you have to earn something not demand things just because.”
You can watch Julie Borowski’s video here: