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Emma Watson Was Told Not to Use the Word “Feminism” in a Gender Equality Speech

Labeling yourself a “feminist” simply means that you believe in equal rights for men and women. Yet the word continues to be tiptoed around, even by the HeForShe gender equality campaign. Emma Watson Leads the “Incredible Women” Issue of Porter Magazine

With the world still reveling in her HeForShe speech one year on, Emma in an interview with PORTER, says HeForShe asked her not to use the term “feminism” for fear that it might be too polarizing.


“I was encouraged not to use the word ‘feminism’ because people felt that it was alienating and separating and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible,” she said. “But I thought long and hard and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do. If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?”


HeForShe’s concern that “feminism” is an alienating term is understandable, but we love that Emma decided to do use the term anyway. Her decision to embrace feminism—the word—rather than couch its meaning in more palatable language helped make the fight for gender equality more widespread. In other words, she made the right call?.


The Harry Potter star is featured as the cover of Porter magazine Winter 2015 issue and we love, love the images we see…

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