Emma Watson Isn’t a “Bad Feminist” for Baring Her Boobs

Thanks to Emma Watson’s Vanity Fair photoshoot, #WhatFeministsWear is now a hot topic of discussion—and we’re here to keep you abreast of all the key points

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Emma Watson at the Beauty and the Beast screening

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Twitter users recently said some ugly things about Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson.

Watson, who plays Belle in the new live-action remake of the classic Disney film, is a proud feminist, but her ideals were called into question after she posed bare-chested for Vanity Fair.

Following heated Twitter debate, Watson finally responded to the controversy calling this yet another example of the misunderstandings and misconceptions about feminism.

“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,” she says. “I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.”

But the female body still has a lot to do with feminism, according to assistant professor and feminist expert Miranda Campbell at Ryerson University’s School of Creative Industries. 

“Women’s bodies are often Ground Zero in the fight for equality,” she says. “Some of the initial push around feminism, especially the second wave of feminism, is around the ability to do what you want with your own body—that’s really key—that women’s bodies are still up for discussion and debate in a way that we still don’t see with men’s bodies.”

If you’re wondering if your wardrobe is feminist enough, have no fear. The discussion about whether women can be feminists while baring their bods prompted Twitter users to come to the defense of Watson (and women everywhere) by posting pics of #WhatFeministsWear.

Also, just in case anyone needs yet *another* refresher, here’s a casual reminder that “feminism” is still defined as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”

Related:
Is It Anti-Feminist to Critique Other Women?
An Open Letter to Piers Morgan, re: Feminism and the Women’s March
Point/Counterpoint: Can You Really Be a Pro-Life Feminist?

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