Equality Now honors Joss Whedon, American screenwriter, director, film and television producer, and more, for his active role in promoting and working for gender equality. Whedon started his speech by saying "I hate 'feminist'." He then explains why.
As Digital Journal reported recently, Joss Whedon, American screenwriter, director, film and television producer, stated in a speech at an Equality Now event that “Equality is not a concept.”
On 4 November 2013, Equality Now honored award-winning writer, director, producer and Advisory Board member, Joss Whedon, for his work on gender equality at its 'Make Equality Reality' event in Beverly Hills, California.
In the opening of his acceptance speech Joss Whedon stated:
"I hate 'feminist.'" He asked if this was the right place to say such a thing. Whedon then explained that he did not say 'feminists' - he doesn't hate 'feminists' - he hates the word 'feminist.' In his speech, he explains that the idea of 'feminist' means that to believe that people, men and women, humans - are equal is not a natural state. He continues to say that this has happened because we have been indoctrinated to think that way. We have been given the idea that 'equality' is just an idea and this thought "has been imposed on us" and we have also been given the idea that 'equality' is an agenda and not a natural state of being. We are conditioned to think that we are born already knowing that humans are unequal.
Whedon states that in actual fact - he has understood that his problem is not so much with the word 'feminist' but with the question "Are you a feminist?".
Watch the above video to understand Joss Whedon's struggle with the word 'feminist' and the questions that this word raises.
"You either believe women are people or you don't. It's that simple." Joss Whedon