Emma Watson was warned that using the word “feminism” in a speech she gave as part of a gender equality campaign in 2014 would be “alienating and separating” and to avoid using it.
“But 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?” Watson revealed in an interview with Porter magazine.
Watson used the “F” word in the speech as part of the HeForShe campaign, which then went viral and erupted into an online conversation about how men can become feminists, too. Watson said it was part of her effort to reshape her public identity as a feminist after years of being identified as the actress from “Harry Potter.”
“For the first time in my life I feel like I have a sense of self that I’m comfortable with,” Watson added. “I actually do have things that I want to say and I want to be my most authentic self.”
Read the full story at Porter Magazine.