What’s Up in the World Wednesday: Feminism and Air Strikes

Actress Emma Watson extended the formal invitation for men to join the fight for gender equality in a United Nations address on Sept. 21, launching the HeForShe campaign. In her role as the new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Watson spoke about the necessity for the sexes to work together in order to achieve universal equality. You can find a transcript of the speech here  or watch the full video here. In her speech Watson said “Gender equality is your issue, too,” in reference to males. Do you think that gender equality is an issue for both men and women? Do you think that the definition of feminism needs to be more inclusive? Post-address, Watson was met with sexualized internet backlash that you can read about here. What does this type of bullying say about climate of gender issues?

Another hot-topic this week was the United States’ airstrikes against Syria on September 23. The U.S. military said that their aerial bombardment of Syria was the beginning of a prolonged strategy that will continue over the next few months. The campaign is likely to become more difficult as the targeted ISIS militants retreat into populated areas. You can watch a Pentagon briefing about the Syrian airstrike campaign here. Said President Obama of the military action in Syria, “We will do what is necessary to take this attack to this terrorist threat. The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.” What do you think about the airstrikes? Is it a necessary step to combat a foreign terrorist organization or irresponsible for the United States to target populated areas of Syria?

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