The concept of the New Masculine & Feminine was given worldwide attention this week courtesy of Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations on Saturday 20 September 2014.
In her speech, Watson said, “If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. 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, not as two opposing sets of ideals.”
In my PhD & my 2013 book, The New Masculine & Feminine, I talked about how our experience of gender is a conscious choice we all make.
For many years, I have encountered the public and private misconception that feminism attempts to diminish men. I love how Watson talked about the real definition of feminism, saying: “For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”
Feminism does not intend for men and women to compete. It intends for men and women to collaborate; with equal rights and responsibilities in relationships, in the home, in the workplace and in the world. In practice, this means that men and women meet halfway.
Watson is the voice of our generation, speaking the truth of our gender experience. If anyone is interested about the concept of the New Masculine & Feminine, my ebook is available for free when you sign up to join the Inspired Society on the home page.