I was struggling to find something to write about on my blog. I just feel so exhausted and want to save my creative juices for writing my second book. (Selfish bastard.) But then I came across some articles/reports from this weekend’s MTV Movie Awards. And I don’t normally pay attention, nor do I put much relevance into it, but something significant did happen.
MTV took a very important step in modern society; namely, they made their acting awards into gender-neutral categories. That is very important nowadays because it sends a clear sign that gender equality is a major and current, if not eternal, issue. And it’s something that needs to be put into focus. The spectacle and show business aside, forming such categories really is a monumental occasion. It’s not a wave obliterating the entire period of inequality and struggles for improvement – like a tsunami – but it’s a current – and a strong one – towards the right goal.
Of course, I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that Emma Watson, a known equal rights advocate, was the first recipient. But I also don’t think she didn’t deserve it. That is one strong, intelligent and eloquent individual, who should be praised for using her platform to deliver the message of equality across the globe.
We must keep in mind that gender equality is a gender-neutral problem. This is not something only women should be fighting for. It’s not something that thrives when men are put down or disregarded. Fighting for equality does not need anyone to be insulted or made inferior.
Everything should be gender-neutral. The respect you receive, your competence, other people’s trust in you, your intelligence and the goodness of your heart are not based on what is between your legs. When it comes to the world’s perception of you, it shouldn’t matter whether you are a woman or a man.
That’s been one of the ideas behind the story of Colton and Alexis. They are both equally strong and in control, equally intelligent and respected, equally good and bad. They are equals. That’s why I decided to write from both perspectives and give them both a voice. I haven’t created any categories based on their genders; I have formed two individuals. But that is fiction and we need to make it work in reality as well.
We are more than just our gender, the color of our skin, who or what we believe in, and also the amount that is in our bank accounts. We are our goodness, empathy, competence, intelligence and personality. We are our actions! And we need to fight and move towards equality in all aspects.
Put it into words and put it into actions!
Sending you equal hugs!
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