She further went on to tell us about her own journey with feminism. Emma highlighted incidents from her life and of those around her. This included sexualization in the media and being labelled "bossy" for taking an initiative.
She also brought up another important and often ignored aspect of sexism: its effect on society as a whole. Not only did Emma Watson touch on topics like reproductive rights and wage inequality, but she also mentioned how sexism affected her male friends. Sexism affecting men… doesn’t seem like such a big problem, right? However, the actress brought up that men are often confined by sexism too. She shed light on the fact that most men choose not to express their feelings, as they fear being labelled "feminine" or "inferior". She also talked about suicide among men, society’s distorted view of masculinity and other problems plaguing men."If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive," said Emma Watson. "If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals.""I want men to take up this mantle, so that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice," continued Watson. "But also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too."Even then, understanding these problems doesn’t always make someone identify as a feminist. Emma spoke about how lucky she’d been to be raised by and around people who advocated gender equality. However, she also acknowledged that not everyone has had the same privilege. The actress added how this privilege helped her understand why she felt she could, and should, make a change.She signed off her speech by further explaining her motivation to change things. "The reality is that if we do nothing, it will take 75 years before women can expect to be paid the same as men… for the same work," explained Watson. "15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years, as children. At current rates, it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education."