Emma Watson’s 18th Birthday

What a birthday!!!

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The sure thing is they did not get her a cake on her birthday. The actress Emma Watson announced the launch of HeForShe Arts Week which is a celebration of gender equality in the arts as part of her HeForShe UN initiative at a press conference in New York. She discussed one particular incident she felt illustrates how she’s been treated differently to her male co-stars in her speech.

Emma said that photographers lay down on the pavement and took photographs up my skirt which were then published on the front of the English tabloid the next morning as she recalled her 18th birthday and if they had published the photographs 24 hours earlier they would have been illegal but because she had just turned 18 they were legal.

She discussed the similar incidents of gender discrimination in an interview accompanying her new cover of Esquire UK and said she had her ass slapped as she have left a room and she felt scared walking home. She admitted that she don’t talk about these experiences much because coming from me they’ll sound like a huge deal and I don’t want this to be about her.

She also said to the magazine that most women she know have experienced it and worse and this is unfortunately how it is. It is so much more pervasive than we acknowledge and it should not be an acceptable fact of life that women should be afraid.

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Emma argued in both instances that we all have a duty to confront these behaviors when we see them and suggests that men in particular need to look beyond feminism as a scary buzzword and get a greater understanding of the issues at hand. There is no point in her going ‘You all have to go away from having read this article and decide that you are a feminist’ as she told the Esquire. which is useless and the only thing that is going to make a difference is if men go away and speak to the women in their lives about what they are experiencing. There is an illustration that they are trying but not there yet. The Esquire then point-blank asks why men should care about gender equality and responded pageant-style perfectly that it is important to note that it’s not about us convincing you that gender equality is worth engaging in only because there might be something in it for you or in it for your sister or your mother.

The real question is what’s in it for humans? She quoted Martin Luther King saying that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and she believe every word of that. Is the benefits on top of that being Happier and healthier, or more successful children? Will it be able to take proper paternity leave and see your baby and be able to talk to someone if you are feeling shit? Will you be actually getting to be yourself or getting asked out by a woman, or will it provide better sex?