The beautiful Emma Watson recently helped clarify some dating advice for feminists with Facebook Q&A:
“I love having the door open for me,” Watson said. “I love being taken to dinner…but I think the key is would you mind if I open the door for you?” she rhetorically asked her male interviewer. “I’m polite and you’re polite and we’re making the world a better place with this small kind polite gesture.”
Watson put her belief in equality into action by turning the traditional gender role tables on a date.
“I actually took a man out for dinner,” Watson continued. “And I chose the restaurant and I offered to pay and it was really awkward and uncomfortable. . .but the cool thing about it was we were both willing to have the conversation about why it was awkward or why it was uncomfortable. We were able to have this dialogue. “
“I think the key is that chivalry should be consensual,” Watson added. “Both parties should be feeling good about that. I think it’s a problem when people expect things to be a certain way to follow a certain status quo and it’s awkward and it’s messy and we’re in transition right now. And everyone doesn’t really feel like they know what to do—but it’s OK. Just be willing to have that awkward conversation. It does come out OK in the end.”
– Excerpt from HelloGiggles.
I absolutely love this! Chivalry and feminism can co-exist. :)
See the entire video here.