Emma Watson Was Told Not to Use the Word 'Feminism' in Her UN Speech

Emma Watson has always been a powerful role model for girls and women everywhere. Besides portraying countless strong female characters in some of our favorite movies, she also gave a speech representing HeForShe last year, inspiring many to join the fight for gender equality. The UN Women Goodwill Ambassador spoke about how the time to make a difference is now, and continues to follow her own advice.

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Watson was featured on the cover of PORTER magazine for their Winter Escape issue, and had some interesting follow-up comments regarding working with HeForShe. According to her interview, HeForShe advised Watson to avoid using the word "feminism" in her now-iconic speech. Coming from an organization with a name like HeForShe, a suggestion like that seems pretty ironic.

"I was encouraged not to use the word 'feminism' because people felt that it was alienating and separating, and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible," Emma told PORTER. "If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?" 

Whatever the reasoning behind HeForShe's outrageous request was, we're happy that Emma went with her instincts and we're willing to bet that HeForShe was, too. After all, her words of wisdom, and use of this "F-word" generated a lot of buzz for the feminist movement. 


Do you think Emma Watson's speech would have been as big of a hit as it was if she followed the advice she was given? Let us know, collegiettes!