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It may a tad confusing to see Hermione Granger formally addressing the United Nations. But Emma Watson is no longer just a movie star and no longer a child: six months ago, she was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and now she is ready to begin making real change. And with her clear, demanding, personal call to action, she has made it impossible to laugh her off as just a Harry Potter character.
Her speech to the UN on Sept. 20 announced the creation of the HeForShe campaign, a movement for gender equality targeted at involving men and boys in the discussion. Since then, Watson’s message has gone viral, with millions of views on YouTube. There’s a simple reason for this: Watson’s message and call to action is one of the most decisive and powerful gender equality speeches ever delivered.
The power of the HeForShe campaign comes from its directed focus on men and boys. The problems with past and even current feminist movements is that they are often interpreted as being against men, rather than for women or for the equality of humankind. Too often, these movements have ended up with women fighting back against men. This has pushed men out of the conversation, placing the two genders into two different camps, and has even made the word “feminism” seem aggressive and hostile. As a result, Watson said, this associates the movement with “man-hating.” In the past, these movements have pitted men and women against one another and forced them onto opposing sides of the conversation.
But now, Watson has extended “a formal invitation” to men to participate in the movement for gender equality. Her campaign is targeted directly at men, proving that feminism is not anti-men. Moreover, Watson does not just invite men – she forcefully calls them to action, causing them to ask the questions, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” HeForShe is calling men – the other half of humanity who has largely ignored the discussion – into the movement for gender equality and calling them to act right now.
Watson’s speech also dispels the bygone movements that solely focus on female rights and looks broadly to overall gender equality. This intention is deliberate and crucial. Not only is the current feminist movement more progressive, it is also no longer a women-versus-men movement; it is a people-for-humanity movement. Watson’s speech is largely centered on the injustices faced by women, but this is simply because the issues and injustices women suffer through are more numerous and more statistically relevant than those often suffered by men.
However, she makes a deliberate effort to call attention to the fact that gender equality is an issue for men as well as women. Boys suffer from unjust standards and perceived expectations of masculinity in similar ways to how girls suffer from expectations of femininity. The HeForShe campaign seeks to empower men to help alleviate all gender inequalities, and that is why the front page of the movement’s Web site does not say “women’s equality” or “men’s equality.” It says “A Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality.”
That is really the final piece to Watson’s remarkable speech. This movement is a campaign for solidarity. This is not just a call to action; it is a call to community for both genders. This campaign seeks to bring men into the conversation that women have dominated for decades so that both genders, as an act of solidarity, can achieve universal gender equality.
It is too early to see if the HeForShe campaign will revolutionize the gender equality movement, but one thing is for certain: Emma Watson is not just a child star thrust into the adult spotlight. Her voice is strong and her message is clear. Through her past and present influence, she has the ability to reach the lives of so many boys and families and her message will be widely heard. HeForShe is the most powerful movement for gender equality and feminism so far in our time.
Sage Fulco ’18 (email@example.com) is from Wayzata, Minn. He majors in physics.
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Junior Branden McGarrity tied the Carleton College men’s soccer career goals record with a stylish second-half tally that earned the Knights a 1-1 draw on the home field of No. 15 Wartburg College.
The Carleton College volleyball team claimed two more wins on Monday, as the Knights picked up match wins over Finlandia University (Mich.) and the University of Wisconsin-Superior at Mortorelli Gymnasium Monday evening. With the two wins, Carleton has now won seven consecutive matches, which marks the programs longest win streak since the 2011 season. Carleton’s 17-win total is also the Knight’s most since the 2011 season (18).
Former Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum drops in to talk politics, farming, and growing up in the Kenyon area.
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An agricultural equipment company geared toward productivity and conservation is marking a decade of selling its signature product this year.
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In some ways, entering senior year is akin to waking up from a blissful nap as your roommate blares “All About that Bass.” It is harsh. It is a real paradigm shift.
Suddenly, your “LOL everything I do is just an experiment!” mindset gives way to “I can’t just ignore Piper Center e-mails anymore and wait, the GRE costs $200? How will I pay for Taco Bell?” For the last three years, fall has felt like a season of new opportunity, but now it’s more about the decay of your willpower and innocence.
Despite the onslaught of responsibility and pressure, there are some undeniable privileges that come with being a senior. Most of them are directly linked to giving yourself permission to not care about things. I’ve compiled a list of things that no longer matter to me now that I’m in my final (God willing) year of undergraduate education.
1. Eating alone. Underclassmen tend to assume that eating alone will irrevocably mark you as a leper. But admit it – there are days when you don’t want to talk to anyone. You just want to focus on your unidentifiable stir-fry from Bowls and three desserts, rather than shoulder the burden of small talk.
2. Impressing people. You have unlocked the secret of the universe, which is that literally no one cares if you wear elastic-waistband pants every day of the week. Literally no one cares if your obligatory class participation is an incoherent string of gibberish. Sweating the small stuff is not just unnecessary; it actually cuts into your valuable Netflix ‘n nap time.
3. FOMO. So-called “fear of missing out” is as inevitable as hunger, loneliness, physical pain, etc. But as a senior, you’ll find your FOMO steadily weakening, attaching itself only to the people and events that really matter. Senior year clarifies which friendships will prevail post-graduation.
4. Attendance. This may be a controversial point. After all, with tuition prices at an all-time high, an hour of class is worth more than 10 hours of minimum wage labor (yeah, think about that next time you’re counting the seconds until your shift is over). Still, you are allowed to set a higher priority than class – be it for your mental health, a job interview or a day of fun YOLO adventures with your senior friends.
5. Pretending that we’re at Hogwarts. Kildahl is still an eyesore, Quidditch is still on the ground. And I have most definitely accepted that I am not the “Chosen One.”
6. Being well-rounded. We can all more or less agree that it is worthwhile to study a broad range of subjects. St. Olaf is probably sucking for you if you don’t. I’m finally at peace, though, with having two or three skills and being utterly mediocre at everything else. If I can’t do math beyond basic arithmetic, it’s fine, because I was born this way hey.
Though senior year is somewhat maddening – and sometimes I spontaneously break into a sweat because I’m terrified of what comes next – I feel free. Younger friends, that is what you have to look forward to. It’s not apathy, not a lack of motivation; it’s having the confidence and wisdom to discern what matters.
The general consensus on long distance relationships at Carleton is that most don’t
work out, with winter term and over the summer cited as the most common times to split up.
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Each Friday, a short column titled, “Arb Notes,” can be found on the very last page of the Carletonian.
At the beginning of the term, Carleton students joyfully ordered chicken tenders from Sayles Cafe, expecting five, deliciously crispy chicken tenders. Instead, students found that they had received only three strips of chicken, due to a change in policy by Bon Appetit.
Search engines can continue to amaze, while also qualifying a bit of an online hypothesis about John Oliver, who’s now on a roll since “Last Week Tonight” started airing on HBO in the spring of this year.
If you’ve come to any CANOE open meetings this term you will have seen that the couchboat room has been stuffed full of Carls excited to sign up for trips.
It’s a simple but incomplete routine: get up, grab your tea/coffee, and maybe glance at the news before starting your day.
The Rice County Fair made almost $40,000 more this year than in 2013, largely due to nice weather, expense cuts and changes to the event.
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It seems like every day there is someone new telling us what to eat.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College women’s soccer team absorbed its first conference loss of the campaign, falling by a 2-1 tally to Macalester College
Alicia Flatt (Sr./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) claimed a match-best 42 assists
and added 15 digs to lead the Carleton College volleyball team in a four-set win (23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-19) over St. Catherine University Wednesday evening.
The Carleton College football team made its longest road trip of the season, playing at national No. 23 Concordia College.
On Sunday, October 12th, the Carleton College theater season started with a whisper.
“There is no truth to the rumor that the [Northfield] Police are becoming more ‘hands-on’ at Carleton,” wrote Wayne Eisenhuth in an email early last week.
I always get drunk and hook up with this special someone on Friday nights. We don’t see each other much during daylight hours, but her parents are coming to Family Weekend and she wants me to meet them. I’m not looking to amp up our relationship; what do I do?
Thanks for your help,