I Watched All 30-Minutes of Emma Watson’s ‘Self-Partnered’ Interview

[Originally Published on November 6, 2020]

In the last few days, I have not been able to open up a social media app without seeing comments about Emma Watson’s November 4th interview with British Vogue.

You know the one. I’m sure you do.

It’s the one where she talks about being comfortable as a single woman about to turn 30 and coins the lovely phrase ‘self-partnered’.

I’m 27 years old and I enjoy being single. I enjoy being alone without the pressure of having to share my life with anyone else if I don’t want to. So, of course, I identified with what Emma Watson was saying.

And then I watched the entire interview.

And I realized how little of their discussion was actually about being single and almost 30.

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Every theory class I’ve ever taken starts out the same way.

A study of Hegel, and then on to Karl Marx, the never-ending masculinity of the Frankfurt school, through Jacques Derrida, and usually ending somewhere around Michel Foucault before reaching any sort of female philosopher.

Every class, this is the syllabus.

I don’t discredit the importance of learning the history of philosophy as a way to understand our world today.

These philosophers each paved a way for the theorists that would come after them. Karl Marx was heavily influenced by Hegel, the Frankfurt school by Marx, and the three together most definitely played some sort of role in Derrida and Foucault’s (known enemies) research.

In fact, the work of Hegel and Marx is especially prominent in the world of philosophy and critical theory to this day.

Regardless of how prominent their work is, they were far from perfect. Read more.

Plans are worthless.

“Plans are worthless. Planning is essential.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

I don’t know a lot about former President Eisenhower.

I found this article to help me understand a little bit more about him.

However, I don’t need some article to know that he definitely could not have become President of the United States by relying on a singular plan.

I’ve always been very good at coming up with plans.

At any given time, I have a list of at least a few plans or ideas I’ve come up with that I’d like to work on one day.

The problem is, I see these plans the same way I see dreams. Read more.

Can you love the art and hate the artist?

Have you ever fallen in love with a work of art? A book, a painting, a song, a movie?

Have you experienced that disappointment when you find that the creator of the work is not what you expected? Maybe they don’t share your values, your views on life or politics. Maybe, they’ve committed crimes so heinous that you question everything you thought you knew about your favorite things.

How do you deal with this? Do you continue on admiring the art, despite your views of the artist? Do your opposing personal views now change the way you experience the thing you once loved?

Can you separate the art from the artist?

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