By: Jacqueline Stafford
Okay, not only did this video make me laugh, but it brought up some very honest issues that women still face on a daily basis. I think this video is the smartest way to address gender equality for this generation. A few months back, Emma Watson's speech to the UN on women's rights got a lot of attention. The sad fact is that her speech generated more negative press than positive, and the focus strayed away from the true matter in question. At first, I was hesitant to think that the girl in the Harry Potter movies could be a serious candidate to bring the revival for women's equality. After listening to her speech I was surprisingly impressed. She came across not only intelligent and articulate, but sincere and passionate. Her genuine devotion to this cause moved me, but I think this third wave for women's liberation needs to be lead by the general masses of females around the world. We don't need just one celebrity spokesperson, we need to come together as a whole. Obviously, women who are already in the spotlight have the opportunity to reach more people, but it seems that the focus is more easily overshadowed by their celebrity status and questions of their true intentions.
Not to say that I am not appreciative of these women who are using their celebrity to gain awareness for this cause. If anything, women who have achieved a certain amount of fame are victims of the most extreme cases of sex discrimination. Everyday they are faced with an overwhelming amount of criticism from all directions. They are either too sexy or too prude, too fat or too skinny, they are considered stupid or trying to be pretentious. So, I appreciate these women for taking a stance for all females no matter what approach they decide to use. Beyonce has dedicated the majority of her newest album to women empowerment. She has put the topic of gender equality back on the map, while also giving it an anthem. Seriously, what can't Beyonce do?
Feminism is such a big trend right now that it even made its debut on the runways of fashion week in Paris this year. The Chanel show featured a (mock) feminist protest with biggest names in the model industry leading the march. Most people think that sexuality and feminism don't go hand and hand, but it's the twenty-first century people. Feministic models may sound like an oxymoron, but why limit any women to having these beliefs just because their profession isn't as self-righteous compared to a lobbyist.
In recent years, I have noticed that more and more women are standing up and speaking out for themselves. The sixties was the time of the second wave for the women's liberation movement, which continued throughout the seventies. Ever since then it seems like the whole topic lost its relevance. I think women today feel as if we have reached equality, and there is nothing else to fight for. I know I felt this way only a few years ago. You hear of so many powerful women and their success stories that we feel like inequality of the genders is something of the distant past, which unfortunately isn't true.
Feminist. The word itself has become misunderstood over time. Feminist don't hate men. Feminist don't have to be ugly. Feminists aren't extremists. Every woman has a little feminist in them. I consider feminism as being proud to be a woman, and deliberately standing up against the injustices we face due to this male dominated world we live in. In the wise words of Beyonce, Who run the world? Girls!