These things actually permeate your brain and plant little seeds that people then carry around with them and influence how they behave. And it’s so important to analyze this, especially when you have an audience of MILLIONS.
Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive, women won’t be compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves - Emma Watson for HeForShe UN campaign
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I love that this paralleled Snow White’s line when she and Regina met.
Regina Mills: Saving people who ruins her happy endings
It takes the greatest courage to act with righteousness when you know that it will change nothing. Regina does show more depth and heroism here than the other characters because as she said, she always does bear the brunt of it. Unlike the heroes, her good deeds have never brought her love or happiness (until only very recently and briefly). It’s part of why she gave up on such ideals in the first place. So when she acts morally, it is truly only because it is the right thing to do and she wants to do the right thing even though it will bring her nothing except the “comfort” that she abided by the conscience of her own soul. It even demonstrates a greater understanding of life and living than the other characters have because she, unlike they, has a concept of the costs of such actions but can still attribute them as being good and right and worth the doing.