Excellent article on the #heforshe campaign that should have really been a #sheforhe campaign. My fingers were itching all day to write something similar but as I am held up with the critical last exam for my degree I will take the liberty to reblog this.
I’ll add a link to Rachel Edwards letter to Emma Watson. She criticises the campaign of the upper class starlet from the point of view of a common American woman.
Dear Ms Watson,
I read with interest your formal invitation for men to join the effort for gender equality. I agree that we need full gender equality, and that this is important to men because, as you say, “I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less ‘macho’ — in fact in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20-49”.
And I agree with you that gender equality will go unrealized so long as only half of humanity is “invited or feel[s] welcome to participate in the conversation”.
I wish I could accept your invitation as presented, but rather than the sentiment “HeForShe”, I will only…
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