Emma Watson got a lot of heat last week when photos from her recent Vanity Fair shoot came out. In one of the pics, the actress is showing her partially exposed breasts, something a number people weren’t too happy about. One radio host in particular took great pleasure in mocking Emma and took to Twitter to call Watson a hypocrite on the subject of feminism, an issue something Watson is quite passionate and vocal about.
Emma Watson: “Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my tits!” pic.twitter.com/gb7OvxzRH9
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) March 1, 2017
Emma isn’t one to sit back and let comments like that slide, so she addressed the controversy with Reuters, stating what should be obvious to all, that the photo doesn’t undermine feminism at all.
“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is,” said the actress/UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador/pioneer of the #HeForShe campaign. “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my t*ts have to do with it. It’s very confusing.”
She continued, “I’m confused. Most people are confused. No, I’m always just quietly stunned.”
The magazine’s photo shoot shows Watson wearing an open, white crocheted bolero jacket with nothing underneath. But does it matter? Should it matter? No. Because even if there was no jacket tastefully covering Emma’s breasts and she was letting the girls hang out for all to see, WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH FEMINISM?
Feminism is all about giving a woman choices, not denying her womanhood. It’s her body, she can do whatever she wants to do with it, and whether a woman exposes all her bits and pieces or covers it up from head to toe, she shouldn’t be judged or criticized for her choice.
Emma became our hero when she spoke about the “He For She” campaign, and solidified that status when she and Malala Yousafzai spoke about what feminism really means. Leave it to Watson, once again, to educate all those who have missed the point and keep missing the point every time.