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Emma Watson's #HeForShe Speech is Unmissable

What Does That Harry Potter Girl Have To Do With Feminism?

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You might be wondering what Harry Potter has to do with feminism. Everything, it seems. Emma Watson, the British actress who played Hermione in the films, asked herself the very same thing when she was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

After you hear her recent speech as part of the HeForShe campaign, there will be no doubt in your mind that this is part that she was born to play. Watson recounted some of her own experiences of being considered "bossy" as a child, to being sexualized as a tween, but the stand-out moment, ironically, hinged on what she had to say about men.

If feminism has become a bad word, then we need to reclaim and renovate it so that everyone knows feminism is about equal rights for both sexes. It's not about man-hating, nor is it about women being perceived as aggressive and unattractive just because they assert themselves.

Feminism is as much about supporting men's rights—as equal parents, as emotional beings in their own right—as it is about supporting and upholding those of women. Watson mentions a disturbing stat about suicide in the UK that makes clear that men are just as "imprisoned by gender stereotypes" as women.

"If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive," said Watson. "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's high time we realize that feminism serves men as much as it does women. We are not two opposing sides of a debate, but two genders striving for the same goal.

Take a minute to watch and share Watson's speech. If ever there was any doubt, Hermione, you are so much more than just "the girl in Harry Potter."

You tell me: Do you consider yourself a feminist, or do you shy away from the word?

This dad knows a thing or two about feminism. High fives to him.