To begin with, the name “He For She” is problematic, no matter how you slice it. Some may call these criticisms divisive and nitpicky, but there is nothing feminist about a campaign that reinforces a gender binary that is harmful to people whose gender identities don’t fit into such tidy boxes. When we reinforce the idea that only people who neatly fit the gender binary are worthy of being protected and supported, we erase and exclude the people who are at most risk of patriarchal violence and oppression.

Which is something that Emma Watson knows only a little bit about. It was encouraging that Watson acknowledged some of the privilege that led her to that United Nations stage, but she failed to mention the things that are most important. She noted that her parents and teachers didn’t expect less of her than male students, but failed to mention how the automatic advantages that being white, wealthy, able-bodied, and cisgender have colored her life experience. The state of affairs for women that Watson presents in this speech is a best case scenario. There was no discussion in this speech as to how He For She can improve the lives of women and nonbinary people who will experience intersectional oppressions, like racism, transphobia, and fatphobia.

This is not to suggest that what Emma Watson did wasn’t brave. Women face consequences when they speak up on feminism, as evidenced by the internet trolls who threatened to release nude photos of Watson shortly after her speech (luckily this turned out to be a hoax). Anyone who uses their platform to spread feminist ideas deserves respect, but we should probably be a little more careful in who we choose as our thought leaders. Especially when there are hundreds of women who are directly impacting the lives of women through their work and writing.

In reality, Emma Watson is the kind of woman that mainstream feminism — the feminism that gets a place on the United Nations’ stage — has worked the hardest for. When Watson speaks of equal pay, she’s talking about the white women who make 78% of their white male counterparts, not the 46% gap that Latina women face in the workplace. When we discuss sex work, we don’t talk about the transgender women who rely on the industry to survive. Put simply, the discussion that He For She and Emma Watson are having fails to invite the people whose voices need to be heard most to the table.

i probably wont post anything personal on here anymore (which is not to say i won’t use this blog, it just won’t be a lot of real lyfe stuff) so if you do want to read about me whining and complaining and and generally being a lil shit, feel free to ask for my personal blog :-)


Interior of The Dear Ginza building 


Shizuka Yokomizo
Stranger, 1999

From The Photograph as Contemporary Art by Charlotte Cotton: 

Yokomizo sent letters to the inhabitants of houses into which she could photograph from street level  She asked the strangers to stand in front of their windows at a certain time in the evening with the lights on and the curtains open.  The photographs show the people who followed the directions posed in anticipation of being photographed by an unknown photographer.


its kinda stang e

Rainer Veil – Bala


Bala - Rainer Veil


Last batch of designs for No Game No Life! Thanks everyone for watching the series, I hope you enjoyed it!