Emma Watson: Being a feminist doesn't make me 'man-hating'
Monday, 22 September 2014 - 14:00
Emma Watson, the actress, has disclosed she became a feminist after being told she was too “bossy” for wanting to direct a play at the age of eight.
Watson, who starred as Hermione in the Harry Potter series, said she had been “confused” at being insulted for wanting to take charge, while boys were allowed to direct without question.
Saying being a “feminist” had initially seemed “uncomplicated” to her, she argued it is now considered “aggressive” and “anti-men” by too many people.
Watson, who has recently become the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, has now called on women and men alike to reclaim “feminism” for the benefit of all.
In her first major speech, made at the UN headquarters in New York, the actress launched the “HeForShe” campaign, to call on men to speak up for oppressed women everywhere.
Watson, who admitted she may be dismissed by critics who wondered what “this Harry Potter girl” was doing at the UN, asked men to “take up the mantle” to speak up for their “daughters, sisters and mothers”.
The actress, who studied at Oxford and Brown universities, said: “Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.”