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Like yeah it’s important to a degree that Emma Watson is publicly and scholastically identifying as a feminist but the more I read that speech the more it just doesn’t really say anything? It’s v broad and careful to not say anything important/specific (aka…
I’m just really bored of the soft touch, I guess? Like I’m bored of people praising the bare minimum, which is what that speech felt like, and what a lot of Watson’s (and other white celebs) feminism feels like to me.
I can dig that and feel similarly about the police brutality convo going on, because I’ve been having that conversation since I was a child. It hurts to see people coming at it like it’s brand new because they’re on a level I’m not, but it is still valuable that the people who are not knowing are given the straight dope in a way that they’ll understand and be open to getting it. The soft touch is just step one. It gets folks in the door and questioning. It’s a progression, and we keep seeing the soft touch because not everybody is up on game yet. And even if she doesn’t go full Zeus, someone else out there will, either as a response to her words or in concert with them. She’s turning a key so others can open a door.
Like yeah it’s important to a degree that Emma Watson is publicly and scholastically identifying as a feminist but the more I read that speech the more it just doesn’t really say anything? It’s v broad and careful to not say anything important/specific (aka “controversial”) and actually get to the root of anything. It’s just broad general strokes saying “oh this is a problem”. I dunno. She could’ve done a lot better and either did that because she’s rolling up on her White Feminism horse or she felt pressured to pander so as to not rock the boat. I’m inclined to believe it’s much more possible that the answer is the former but it’d be nice to consider if it was the latter. However I sincerely doubt it given her stance on Beyoncé. Seems like a waste to go to such a fancy school and get all this nonprofit money and not even pick up a Crenshaw essay or read some damn bell hooks or Audre Lorde???? Like just really basic stuff from the biggest names in black feminism like how hard would that be?
I think you’re wanting her speech to be something it wasn’t intended to be, or even capable of being, considering the venue. I’d even argue that what she’s doing is rocking the boat, not pandering. It doesn’t even read that White Feminism to me. She’s doing something else—providing a very entry-level gateway to the idea of fighting gender inequality for those whose main perception and conception of it is he-man woman-haters. She’s saying nah, that’s not what it is, we can’t let them continue to define it that way, and here are examples why it’s important we all work on this.
It’s not a deep dive so much as one of the better known actresses of a generation, a voice people recognize and already accept on a default level thanks to growing up alongside her while she was in Harry Potter, saying “I got a lucky break, but this is a problem for everyone and we need your help” as part of an effort to get men engaged and involved. She could’ve brought the thunder and lightning, but a soft touch is okay sometimes, too.
iamdavidbrothers said:Hey Tessa, I like when you write things, whether it's serious or humorous. I know you had a fraught relationship with writing in the past. What do you appreciate or get out of writing now that you didn't, or maybe avoided, when you were younger? What's the appeal for you?
Writing is definitely something I had a weird hang-up about when I was younger. Part of it was that it had always came easily to me, so I took it...