In response to Emma Watson's recent UN speech, which formally invited men to participate in the conversation about gender equality, activist Emma Herman explains the larger feminist movement that is needed for sustainable change. According to Herman, the unity that Watson calls for will only work if others are aware of the diversity and complexity of the challenges that feminists address head on. The utility of this article stems from Herman's detailing various organizations involved in the feminist movement, opening the door for male and female readers to participate in a variety of areas. This movement requires generational contributions, and with a wide range of obstacles, the feminist cause can and should appeal to everyone's strengths and interests in some capacity.
Feminism is about addressing the power imbalances that limit people’s opportunities to live their lives to the fullest. We need men to join the feminist pursuit of social justice because it is the right thing to do. It is a matter of human rights, not of enlightened self-interest.