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【Culture Express】
Actress Emma Watson addressed her critics in a recent interview. Watson posed for a revealing picture in a recent Vanity Fair issue, and critics claimed she betrayed her feminist ideals in doing so. The actress told Reuters that this misconception about what feminism is always amazes her.
Daily Mail :Sorry Emma, but you haven’t done yourself or feminism any favors this week, you’ve just made a right tit of yourself. 
Emma: Feminism is about giving women choice. It is not a stick with which to beat other women. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. They have saying that I couldn’t be a feminist and have boobs. 
There’s a book named The Feminine Mystique wrote by Betty Friedan. When she wrote the book, in America married women in some states couldn’t sit on juries, get a job without their husband’s permission, or keep control of their property and earnings. Today that world seems almost quaintly remote. Over the past half-century, women left their homes and marched into the workplace. They left the secretarial pool to become secretaries of state, supreme court justices, astronauts, and now, combat soldiers. They now earn not only more college degrees but more advanced degrees than man, and make up half of the U.S. workforce.
But this flowering of female potential in the world of work and economic self-empowerment was only part of what Friedan envisioned when she dreamed of day when women would reach their “full human potential”. She knew full well that work---with the mental engagement, self-empowerment, and sense of autonomy and accomplishment that it beings---is only part of what goes into being fully human.
In 1997, reflecting back and thinking forward, she predicted that the greatest threat to the future unfolding of the women’s movement wouldn’t be age-old sexism, persistent stereotypes, gender expectations or unfairly shared caretaking duties. These would be impediments, but the larger danger would be the tilt in our national values that bad occurred in the last decades of the 20th century: “the culture of corporate greed,” the downsizing and downgrading of formerly solid middle-class jobs, and “the sharply increased income inequality between the very rich…and the rest of us, women and men.” She worried that the increasing difficulty of the lives of all but the richest men would fuel a backlash, make “scapegoats” of women again.
Now let’s see the speech by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson at a special event for the HeForShe campaign, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 20 September 2014.
Today we are launching a campaign called “HeForShe.”
I am reaching out to you because I need your help. We want to end gender
inequality—and to do that we need everyone to be involved.
This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN: we want to try and galvanize 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.
I was appointed six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism
the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
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.”
These rights I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones. My
life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influencers were the gender equality ambassadors that made who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists. And we need more of those. And if
you still hate the word—it is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have been afforded the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been.
You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing
up on stage at the UN. It’s a good question and trust me I have been
asking myself the same thing. I don’t know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.
having seen what I’ve seen—and given the chance—I feel it is my duty to
say something. English statesman Edmund Burke said: “All that is needed
for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to
do nothing.”
If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists I spoke of earlier. And for this I applaud you. We are struggling for a uniting word but the good news is we have a
uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up, To be the he for she. And to ask yourself if not me, who, if not now, when.
Thank you.
有一本由贝蒂弗里丹写的,叫《女性迷思》的书,在她写这本书的那些日子,在美国一些州的已婚妇女不能担任陪审员,没有丈夫许可不能工作,不能控制自己的财产和收入。今天那个世界似乎异常遥远。在过去的半个世纪中,妇女走出家门,进军职场。她们离开秘书室,成为国务卿、最高法院大法官、宇航员,而今还包括作战军人。他们现在获得的大学学位不仅比男性多, 而且级别更高。他们在美国劳动力大军中顶起了半边天。
她十分清楚,工作——及其带来的精神参与、自立自强、自主意识和成就感——只是变成一个完整的人的一部分。但是女性潜力在工作和经济自强方面如此尽情的释放只是弗里丹当年设想的一部分, 她梦想有朝一日女性能充分发挥其“人类潜能”。
我向你伸出手,因为我需要你的帮助。我们希望终结性别不平等——为此,我们需要所有人都参与其中。这是联合国同类运动中的第一项:我们 希望努力并激励尽可能多的男人和男孩倡导性别平等。并且我们希望这不只是空谈,而是确确实实的看得见摸得着。六个月前,我被任命为联合国妇女亲善大使。我谈论女权主义越多,我越发现,争取女性权益太容易被当作憎恨男人的同义词。如果说有一件事是我确切知道的,那就是,这样的误解必须停止。