By ZARA McDONALD
I remember quite clearly the day my boyfriend told me Emma Watson was his ideal woman.
We were in the car, I was driving and before I had the opportunity to take my hands off the wheel and pinch him hard – I realised that a huge part of me actually loved what he had said.
Emma Watson absolutely is the ideal woman. Because she has a damningly beautiful mind. And in a realm of gross vanity and contrived ideals about beauty, that’s where our bench mark should be. First and foremost, to be beautiful one must think beautifully.
Emma Watson spoke at the UN this week and her words exploded onto the internet within a matter of hours. In millions of homes across the globe, women and men, young and old, sat and nodded and clapped. A unified choir of empowered feminist subjects.
Yet, despite the media’s branding of the speech as mind-blowing, Watson’s words were anything but.
Watson’s words aren’t new; the concepts she spoke about are not earth-shattering and her worries about gender equality are hardly unique. These are words women have voiced for generations. These are words we’ve used before.
To say that they are powerfully new, mind blowing, ground breaking and revolutionary is to insult the women who came before this Hollywood starlet; the women who have already carved significant cracks in the glass ceiling hanging over our heads.
Call her words passionate, sure. Call them timely. Even rousing. But don’t call them game-changing.
In fact, let’s stop and celebrate the fact that Emma Watson’s words are actually utterly familiar.
I had always figured that one day us women would finally discover that “magic” combination of words. An explanation of feminism so compelling that finally the world would have no choice but to jump on board the movement and force it into the limelight. A version of our argument for women’s equality that nobody could argue with and that no human living would shy away from.