Emma Watson had everyone’s attention when talking to British Vogue magazine as she commented on her single status. Without making it sound dreary, she gave it an interesting twist. “I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel. It took me a long time, but I’m very happy. I call it being self-partnered,” she said. People on social media have really taken to this coinage as an accepted way of staying alone and keeping anxieties that come with it at bay.
This, however, is not the first time that the actor has impressed. One of her most enduring speeches was at United Nations Headquarters, New York, on 20 September 2014. She was speaking for the HeForShe campaign.
Entreating men to support, she said, “This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanise as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality. And we don’t just want to talk about it, but make sure it is tangible.” She then went on to reiterate the definition of feminism. “For the record, 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.”
And then asking men to join she says, “Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s.” Patriarchy, she insisted, affects men as well as women and it is time men too take the pledge to change it. And it is important to remember that, “No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.”