Last week, we discussed the ludicrous assertion that in order to be a feminist, you must not reveal yourself to be a sexual being in any way or risk becoming an agent of the patriarchy.
Sound ridiculous? It is, and that’s exactly what Emma Watson’s had to challenge since a shot of her flashing some underboob for Vanity Fair sparked an outcry over her stance on gender equality.
The Beauty and the Beast actress has since admitted she is “quietly stunned” by the backlash.
Maturing from Hermione to Belle in @beautyandthebeast is a true coming-of-age story for @EmmaWatson: “I couldn’t care less if I won an Oscar or not if the movie didn’t say something that I felt was important for people to hear.” Read the full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by Tim Walker.
“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is,” she told the BBC.
“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.
“I’m confused. Most people are confused. No, I’m just always just quietly stunned.”
The tasteful shot was taken by famous fashion photographer Tim Walker. It shows Watson in a beige crocheted jacket with a sheer top underneath.
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When her Beauty and the Beast co-star Dan Stevens asked what she was discussing with the interviewer, she told him: “They were saying that I couldn’t be a feminist and… And have boobs.”
Being the rubbish feminist that she is, Watson tirelessly campaigns as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for HeForShe, a campaign that encourages men to identify with feminism and fight for gender equality.
She also recently took time out of her busy schedule to write to MPs, urging them to support a Private Member’s Bill to timetable the ratification of the Istanbul Convention – the gold standard in legislation for the protection of women and girls from gender-based violence.