As encouraging as Emma Watson's words are to hear for women, to all of my male friends and family who see this link appear in their news feed: I urge you to watch this video, and consider the compassionate, inspiring and empowering thoughts she imparts to you, too, on the other side of the gender fence. She is such a moving, brilliant and formidable testament to the existence of not only wisdom and substance in the younger generations - so often accused of selfishness these days, and told that they are not made of the same worthy metal of their forebears for one reason or another - but also in the power of celebrity to do something truly worthwhile. Indeed, in a world full of overexposed, vapid reality starlets who care for nothing but where their next endorsement is coming from, Emma Watson is a breath of utterly fresh air. Seriously. Watch. Her spirit is the kind that lights sparks.
And be heard.