Emma Watson Vs. Feminism
Emma Watson, a U.N. goodwill ambassador and feminist, in addition to being an actress has been undergoing a ton of controversy as of recently. The controversy involves her photo shoot with vanity fair in which she models a crochet top without a bra, thus exposing her breasts. The Vanity Fair titled the image “The Bewitching Emma Watson, Not Your Mother’s Disney Princess.” As soon as the images went public, a series of news and magazine companies began to criticize the image for being to sexual. Some renaming the images to titles such as “Beauty And The Breasts.” http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/01/if-emma-watson-actually-wanted-to-help-women-she-wouldnt-have-agreed-to-be-a-disney-princess-6481355/
As news began to proliferate throughout the internet there became a public outcry in which man claimed that she was being a hypocrite. How could she have become a goodwill ambassador and represent feminism if she was going to turn her image into one that was sexual? Julia Hartley, a known English broadcaster stated in a tweet “Feminism, feminism … gender wage gap … why oh why am I not taken seriously … feminism … oh, and here are my tits!” In addition to this, many others have correlated her image to the ideology of feminism in which those who are pro-feminist would not endorse sexual conduct however if Emma Watson did it, then she would be praised. This further emphasized the hypocritical stigma that Emma Watson seemed to magnetize in such a short period of time.
With that being said, we have to really try to separate whats true from what isn’t. With a common theme in today’s journalism being, “let’s take stuff out of context for views and money” we need to understand that there will almost always be more to the story as is with this Emma Watson fiasco. We will go through this piece by piece starting with the seemingly smaller issues. Most articles that have criticized Emma Watson make it so that this is was the only photo that she did with Vanity Fair and did so with the intent of creating a sexual image for herself. This is not the case because if you did a simple google search of the photo shoot, in literally every other photo (of which she took many) she is fully clothed. Right off the bat, things sound a little suspect.
Let’s take a deeper look into an interview that Emma Watson had which magazines also used to create a hypocritical image. In this interview Emma Watson states that feminism was not a stick to beat other women with but more so about freedom, liberation, and that she does not understand what her breasts have to do with anything. This seemed to make sense to the general public until certain fans of Beyonce pointed out in a dialogue that Emma Watson had stated,
“as i was watching [the videos] I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in teh sense that one one hand she is putter herself in a category of a feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her.”
as being incredibly hypocritical towards Beyonce’s videos. Now the important thing to note here this was only a very small excerpt of the issue she was speaking about. If you decided to google and read the context of the dialogue you can see that she was explicitly open to those ideals and was simply stating one particular perspective of many in how others would perceive it.
I’m not writing this up to defend feminism and i’m not writing this up to defend Emma Watson either. What I am trying to do is get people to understand that if you do a quick google search before mindlessly believing random online articles, it would do good for your intelligence.