What Does It Mean To Be Human?

Photographer: Celeste Sloman

September 20, 2016 – New York, USA

Actor Edgar Ramirez Asks: What Does It Mean To Be Human?

New York, NY (September 20, 2016) – At the UN Women HeForShe second anniversary event, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, actor Edgar Ramirez spoke about how the social norms that define masculinity are destructive for men, women and societies as a whole. By posing the philosophical question, "what does it mean to be human?", Ramirez posited that even though it is our feelings that make us human, the expression of feelings is often discouraged by society, particularly for men and boys. Ramirez said the consequences are a burden for everyone and an impediment to gender equality, stating "In the journey for equality, women and men are like two strands of DNA wrapped together in an embrace. Our burdens are as intertwined as our common destiny. The constraints that burden me will eventually burden you. And the same is true in reverse: as long as you are burdened, I am too. By recognizing this inter-dependence, I can work for your well-being and know that I am also working towards my own. I can know that whatever action I take to free you, also frees me. This is not just what makes us human. This is what makes us a human family."

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