People Who Don’t Understand Feminism Think Feminists Aren’t Allowed To Be Sexual – Just Ask Emma Watson

Emma Watson
Emma Watson showed her boobs a tiny bit and some confused people couldn't handle it (Photo: Getty Images)

Feminist actress Emma Watson has been branded a hypocrite for posing braless in a sheer top under a cape.

That’s right, despite it being 2017, people STILL haven’t got a handle on what feminism actually means. Newflash: at its most basic level, feminism means EQUALITY and CHOICE.

To sum up, the 26-year-old can currently be seen on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in a rather more risque get-up than she’s sported before. This isn’t exactly Page 3 stuff, though, is it? Emma looks strong, poised, daring and there are no nipples in sight.

But even if there were, is a woman not allowed to own and express her body and her sexuality without being accused of undermining the principles she publicly stands for? Of course she’s allowed to. She can do whatever the hell she wants to. Because feminism means freedom.

Radio presenter and Daily Mail columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer was the first to take a swipe at Emma’s latest shoot. “Feminism, feminism…gender wage gap.. why or why am I not taken seriously…feminism…oh, and here are my tits!” she posted on Twitter, only to spark a backlash from those, like Emma, who DO understand feminism.

https://twitter.com/OsborneInACabin/status/837693198554247168

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Interestingly, the stars of Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight have been stripping off for Calvin Klein this week, but we’re yet to see someone call them out for ‘undermining their acting credentials’ by celebrating their physicality and taking part in an ad. They’re not undermining anything, of course, but it just goes to show how much more judgement women face.

Emma became known as a women’s rights campaigner after being appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 and launching the HeForShe campaign encouraging men to join the fight for gender equality.

She will soon be seen playing Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. “Belle is absolutely a Disney princess,” she says in the magazine. “But she’s not a passive character – she’s in charge of her own destiny.”

Does Belle sound like the kind of girl to be disappointed in Emma’s VF photo? That’s a big fat no, and other women shouldn’t be either.