Emma Watson, we are sending you our love and support.
In a week where Emma Watson challenges men and women to work together to create equality, we encourage you to make empowered choices about where you put your attention.
Today I want to offer our love and support to Emma Watson. She has become the latest target of cowardly thieves who are threatening to publish stolen intimate photos.
Apparently, online thieves were retaliating in response to her powerful speech as the UN Women Goodwill ambassador at the weekend – which had the Psychologies team applauding at our computers.
Our October issue month is all about power with Hillary Clinton leading from the front on our cover. What does feminism really means to us, we ask? What we know for sure is that feminism is not about women hating men. It’s about men and women working together. It’s about equality. Together, we’re stronger. Emma Watson echoed our message and extended an invitation to all men:
“Men, I would like to give 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. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help for fear it would make them less of a man. In fact, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 to 49, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and heart disease. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either.
We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are.”
For those haters and hackers out there, we understand that you feel powerless or you wouldn’t be making the choices you are. Maybe you feel ‘fragile’ or ‘insecure’? But you don’t have to abuse to feel strong and powerful. Find another way.
And for the rest of us? Emma Watson spoke out against the publication of stolen photos after the naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence were leaked earlier in the month.
“Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy,” she tweeted.
We all have a choice. We can choose equality. We can choose compassion. We can choose to support our fellow human beings.We can choose kindness rather than hatred. And we can choose empathy.
We also have a choice about where we focus. We can vote with our clicks.
Click here to watch Emma Watson’s powerful speech on equality.