The Fight For Women 's Rights Essay

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Fe(man)ism When the word “feminism” comes to mind, people think of “the fight for women’s rights” or “man-hating.” This is a very common misunderstanding. Feminism is the belief that men and women should be equal. On September 20, 2014 famous actress Emma Watson spoke at a United Nation’s event in New York to promote the HeforShe campaign which strives to raise awareness and fight against gender discrimination. As an advocate for feminism, Watson gave an influential speech describing how serious of an issue gender inequality is in society today, and how vital it is that everyone around the world, especially men, come together to help end it. Emma Watson successfully convinces men to fight for feminism by connecting with the audience, exposing the male aspect of gender inequality and creating a strong feeling of guilt within the audience. From the very beginning of the speech, Emma Watson connects with the audience. She uses pronouns such as “you” and “we” immediately establishing a relationship between her and the audience. The use of these pronouns makes the whole speech much more personal by making it seem as though she is talking specifically to each listener. This connection with the audience prompts people to act since Watson makes it appear as though she is directly asking the members of the audience for their help. In addition, she gives examples of gender inequality that are extremely relatable. Watson says, “When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their…

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