Emma Watson attended the HeForShe campaign after party held at the United Nations in New York City on Saturday September 20, 2014
Watson, rocked a black sleeveless HUGO BOSS which she styled with M2Malletier green clutch along with Jimmy Choo ‘Abel’ pumps and a Jennifer Fisher gold choker.
Speaking for the new ‘HeForShe’ equality campaign -which aims to ”mobilize men against gender inequalities” – she told an audience including Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker: ”When I was eight, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not.
”When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist.”
She added: ”My recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists.
”Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, ‘too aggressive,’ isolating and anti-men, unattractive, even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?
”I was appointed six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating.”
Emma went on to explain how men are suffering because of inequality and a fear of appearing ”less macho” when they need help.
She added: ”Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.
”If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom