Remember when Emma Watson gave that killer speech about feminism at the U.N. HeforShe launch event last year? Well, it turns out our favourite Harry Potter actress was asked not to use the word ‘feminism’ in her majestic oratory at all.
Emma told the Evening Standard: 'I was encouraged not to use the word "feminism" because people felt that it was alienating and separating and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible.'
Seems a bit defeatist? Well clearly Emma thought so too, because she decided to use the word anyway. Lots, in fact. She explained: 'I thought long and hard and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do. If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?'
It is unclear who gave her the advice – she didn’t specify in the interview – but we’re rather glad Emma didn’t take it. The actress has since become a recognised and respected lobbyist for women’s rights and, working with the HeforShe campaign, is helping foster healthy attitudes towards feminism from both the sexes.
It may be the girl crush talking, but in future we plan to emulate Emma’s rational logic and her refusal to dilute her beliefs. Now all we need is the matching wardrobe.
Words by Francesca Donovan