Emma Watson and her new job

by Matilde Batlle on October 20, 2014 - 8:10pm

     So as some of you may know Emma Watson has started her job with the UN as Goodwill Ambassador. It was a surprise for me when I saw her speech at the UN that a week before she had been in my home country Uruguay and I had heard absolutely no news or whatsoever about it from my fellows back. As a result I posted on my FB status if anyone could give me ANY information about it, and as a response if got one link to a pamphlet of the parliament and another friend telling me that nobody really cares. There are the new elections coming and every politician is pulling the strings they can. Apparently lowering the age of conviction is winning most of the attention.

    But concentrating on this visit and its purpose: Emma Watson was visiting in order to support a law that forces any political party to put one woman for every 3 men that they have in the parliament. As a result of her visit the number of 4.000 signatures increased to 5.500 in one morning. Great success congratulations! But... This law actually is not  a constitutional reform is a one shot deal of one election only. It would only pass after these upcoming elections of October 26th (if the right political party wins). Which basically means that if the right political party wins one women for every 3 men will be presented for parliament for the elections of 2018. To top it off apparently it is very easy to cheat the law by just changing a candidate once it is time to go to parliament.

    Unfortunately once I made online research most of articles about this law where thanks to her visit on gossip magazines and they spoke more about her shines and simple style than about the content of the law. Despite that thanks to her being a celebrity the number of signatures increased drastically for most of the press I read her role as Hermione makes her less credible for the adult readings.

Comments

As I was skimming through the posts I saw the name Emma Watson and automatically I was interested to know what was being said about her. Your post is very interesting and I totally agree with your comment on how her strive to make a difference was a great success. However, I was shocked about the fact that people are very stereotypical (pertaining to females), because they quickly talk about her clothes and style rather than her active interest in the law. Just like "race", female and male roles are usualIy socially constructed and cause a global issue. I think you have pointed out some very attention-grabbing information because it is very exciting to see a women try to make a change in female political roles in the parliament. I was also thinking, I wonder if it was just a regular girl who tried to make an impact on the female statistics in the political life (not a famous women), if the results and signatures would still be as high as they are now. What do you think?

First of all, thanks for taking the time to indulge :). I totally see your point and I think that despite it might look superficial, it will be judged as so and in a superficial way is important that famous people get involved in this kind of actions. Not only because is great to have someone that cares that can give a role model, but mostly (in my opinion) because people that are just going for the celebrity experience are getting exposed to important information. In this case something that would empower their political advocacy. After all didn't the Emma Watson catch your eye on my post? I purposely included her name on the title because I knew it would make people curious just because of her. But now you are more aware about the political situation in a tinny country in south America called Uruguay. Lots of people I know didn't evne heard about it before they met me..

I was interested by the fact that you wrote this article about Emma Watson. She has recently been garnering much attention due to the philanthropist roles she has been undertaking. I see that you think that the law she came to support is possibly useless and can easily be overturned. I do not know much about Uruguayan politics but you have to admit that this is a start. Of course, the law may not have gained as much attention as was hoped for but we might want to chalk this up to the fact that Emma is a woman fighting for women’s right. As with “white privilege”, maybe if a male had been using his “male privilege”, this issue might have garnered more attention. This is a little sad but, have you ever noticed that, when men talk about what men do wrong (take Kurt Cobain speaking out against rape for example), they get much more attention than women do for doing the same thing. I agree with you that this law passing would be favourable to women but I also share your skepticism about it because of the possibility that mentioned of this turning out to make no difference whatsoever. Before I leave you, I noticed that you mentioned that Emma Watson was not such a credible person because of her role as Hermione but I would like to point out that she has had roles in other movies that are not considered children’s movies. Take “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” or “The Bling Ring” or even “Noah” for examples. These are hardly children’s movies. My point is that the idea that she becomes less credible because of her movie roles is not a very sound one. If anything, the fact that she is considered less credible is, as mentioned above, because she does not enjoy “male privilege”.

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