We for We – A Response to #HeForShe

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As you may have heard, Emma Watson was appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and recently issued a speech on gender equality (scroll down to watch it at the bottom of this post) to encourage gender solidarity with a campaign called #HeForShe. The campaign is an invitation for men to stand with their female counterparts in the continued effort to achieve gender equality around the globe. Her words resonated with me because she does such a lovely job of conveying the importance of gender equality, expressing her confusion about feminism as a recently misunderstood word and movement, and attempting to open the cause with an articulate invitation for anyone and everyone to participate.

Let's Make Kindness Possible
Above all, I believe in human equality, regardless of one’s gender, skin color, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and so forth. These differences actually unite us more than they divide us, if you’ll allow them. We are each of us human, and we are born equal in the eyes of whatever god or science you believe in. That you are a man or a woman, gay or straight, brown or black or white, makes no material difference. We are vibrant blood and sinew today, and one day we’ll be reduced to dust and bones. We are all the same. The same but different, because the world is full of variety and complexity, and we too are more varied and complex than any one person will ever comprehend.

I agree with Watson that feminism needs support from both sexes, but solving gender inequality isn’t the end of the story because it can’t hope to be accomplished without addressing the broader set of issues related to race, religion, sexuality, and even the politics of welfare and human decency. We have ostracized one another in so many ways for being born under a different flag, with different reproductive parts, different physical features, and on and on. If you can perceive a difference, someone out there has certainly frowned upon it or attacked it for being alien to themselves. Call me an idealist, but would it really be so bad if we just accepted one another and tried to help each other out? Isn’t that what unity is all about? One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all?

Not that social media needs another hashtag, but here’s to hoping that eventually the only hashtag anyone will ever need is #WeForWe instead of #HeForShe.

Right now it still feels weighted with an urgent demand or an unanswered prayer: #WeForWe… maybe some day it will ring out as an expression of joy and a celebration of how we have united in kindness and compassion for each other: #WeForWe!



10 Comments
  • sara
    September 29, 2014

    Wonderfully said! Love the post and everything in it.
    XO Sara
    http://www.awomanintheworld.com

    • Lisa Tufano
      September 29, 2014

      Thank you, Sara! It’s not always popular to share thoughts like this, but boss ladies continuing to have dialogue on these subjects can only be good for us all in the long-term.

  • Dana Starr
    September 30, 2014

    Now that’s a blog I agree with, very interesting!

  • Ashley Bree Perez
    September 30, 2014

    I have to say very well said! (:

  • Jasmine P
    September 30, 2014

    This is awesome! I love Emma Watson’s speech too!

  • E Kay
    October 1, 2014

    Wonderful. I got into feminism last year and it almost felt like I was like deprograming myself in some ways.
    Also, did you see Chanel support He For She in their show yesterday?

    • Lisa Tufano
      October 1, 2014

      I did not see that… I’ll go check it out! Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

  • Veronica Lee
    October 28, 2014

    I totally agree with you, sista! Very well said indeed. We certainly are born equal in the eyes of whatever god or science you believe in.

  • Angela A Simmons
    November 3, 2014

    thanks for sharing you thoughts on this subject I can honestly say I agree

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