Af - 29/09-14 08:52; Opdateret: 29/09-14 09:09

15-årig dreng sætter feminisme-skeptikere på plads i utroligt brev15-årig dreng sætter feminisme-skeptikere på plads i utroligt brev

Læs hele brevet her.

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Ed Holtoms brev går nu verden rundt. (Billede: Privatfoto)

Når sangerinden Beyoncé dedikerer et helt nummer til budskabet om, at hun er feminist. Eller når skuespiller Emma Watson holder tale om ligestilling i FN - ja, så gør det indtryk på ungdommen.

En 15-årig britisk dreng har reageret på Emma Watsons roste FN-tale med et brev, som er blevet bragt i The Sunday Telegraph og nu går verden rundt via de sociale medier.

Emma Watson: Feminister er ikke aggressive mandehadere
Emma Watson: Feminister er ikke aggressive mandehadere

Han indleder sit brev med, at han er skuffet over, hvor uvidende drengene i hans klasse er omkring feminisme. Derfor vælger han at dele sine synspunkter.

Ed Holtom skriver blandt andet:

- Ligestilling og feminisme handler ikke om at være mande-hader eller skabelsen af et kvindeligt overherredømme. Det er per definition det modsatte.

I brevet understreger han også, at kvinder har ret til at klæde sig på en måde, der gør dem veltilpasse med deres egen krop - uden at blive kaldt billig.

Nej, du får ikke nøgenbilleder af Emma Watson at se
Nej, du får ikke nøgenbilleder af Emma Watson at se

Samtidig retter han i det velformulerede brev kritik af den stereotype adfærd knyttet til vores køn, vi opdrages med fra barnsben af.

- Hvis vi ønsker ligestilling, kræver det mere end at betale kvinder det samme i løn som mænd, eller give kvinder og mænd lige muligheder.

Hans brev blev bragt i The Sunday Telegraph i forkortet udgave:

Ed Holtom er glad for responsen på hans brev.

- Tja, jeg havde ikke regnet med noget. Men er er glad for, at så mange er enige med mig. Det har indtil videre været temmelig surrealistisk, skriver han til metroxpress.

Ed Holtom har givet metroxpress lov til at bringe hans fulde brev:

I recently had a religious studies lesson where we talked about gender and the role it plays in modern society, having watched Emma Watson’s speech about gender equality the night before and agreed with everything she said, I was disappointed by how ignorant some of the other boys in my class were (I attend an independent, all boys school in Hertfordshire). I felt compelled to write down my views of gender equality, although I’m not sure how well they would be received by people at my school, I wanted to share it somehow, so here it is.
“If We Really Want Equality”
We’re lucky to live in a western world where women can speak out against stereotypes. It’s a privilege. Gender equality and feminism is not about “man-hating” or the idea of “female supremacy”. It is, by definition, the opposite. The definition of feminism is, “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” It’s pretty simple really, and if you believe in those things, then you’re a feminist. Feminism can also be interpreted as a woman owning her sexuality, in the same way men do, wearing clothes that make her feel good about herself, or that show off her body, not for the attention of men, without being called a slut and with freedom from the threat of rape, because she wants to.
Recently we’ve been hearing about what it means to be “masculine” and what it means to be “feminine”. It means nothing, barring biological differences. By perceiving these two words as anything other than the description of a human’s genitalia, we perpetuate a stereotype which is nothing but harmful to all of us. By using words such as “girly” or “manly” we inadvertently buy into gender stereotyping whether we like it or not.
We live the gender stereotype without realising it, we have been born with it, we played with toys designed for our genders, we go to schools which are segregated, we play sports which other genders do not, and it takes some mindfulness for many people to even acknowledge its existence and the injustice it entails for both genders. If we want equality, it will take more effort than paying women the same as men, or giving women equal opportunities to men.
If we really want equality we must all make an active decision to abandon phrases such as “what it means to be masculine” and the like. If we really want equality we must try our best to ignore gender and stop competing with one another. We must stop comparing ourselves to each other, particularly other people of the same gender, because that leaves us with a feeling of insecurity and self doubt.
We must stop pressuring each other to fit with this stereotype which more often than not leaves us feeling repressed and unable to express ourselves. And most of all, if we really want equality, we need to stop caring. Stop caring about gender, stop caring about another person’s sexual preference, stop caring about how far someone fits in with the stereotype and stop caring, most of all, about how much we fit this stereotype, we must not let gender define us.

Kind regards,
Ed

Den 15-årige er i øvrigt kæmpefan af sangerinden Beyoncé og har dedikeret en Tumblr-blog til hende. I brevet citerer han også tekst fra Beyoncé-nummeret 'Flawless', der igen citerer en feminist-tale.

Christiane får feminist op i det røde felt
Christiane får feminist op i det røde felt

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