Did a sheer blouse really turn Emma Watson into a ‘bad feminist’?

‘Emma Watson’s boobs prove why we still need feminism’

— Hannah Cranston, in the Huffington Post

That’s the perspective of millennial internet personality Hannah Cranston, writing about the revealing interview and photo shoot that actress Emma Watson gave to Vanity Fair.

Watson’s cover shot is in an ethereal gown, but an inside photo—just one of several style changes, granted—features Watson in knitwear not exactly meant for warmth. The wrath of Twitter—“Beauty and the Breasts” one tweet charged—questions whether Watson’s words on feminism jibe with her near-bare pose.

Watson, who broke in to acting as a child star in the “Harry Potter” films, is back on the big screen as Belle in Disney’s
“Beauty and the Beast,” a big-budget live-action musical that just broke the record for most viewed new movie trailer, at 127 million views in its first 24 hours, beating “Fifty Shades Darker.”

Daily Mail columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeted of Watson, a UN women’s goodwill ambassador: “Feminism, feminism … gender wage gap … why oh why am I not taken seriously … feminism … oh, here are my t*ts.”

Other critics shouted hypocrisy: Watson, in a 2014 Wonderland magazine interview, questioned Beyoncé’s “feminism” because, she said, despite an empowering message in lyrics, the way the singer’s videos were shot replicated “such a male voyeuristic experience.”

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The takeaway from both examples? Don’t hem in Hermione, or any other feminist, by declaring that women can’t be “sexual AND serious,” Cranston wrote in her response, harkening to the writings of Naomi Wolf.

The most egregious of the claims against Watson is that she is a “bad feminist,” Cranston wrote. “The fight towards gender equality is contingent on women having a CHOICE. The choice to enter the workforce or stay at home. The choice to have children or use contraception. The choice to dress how we please or the choice to bare it all.”

View more information: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/emma-watsons-boobs-bring-charge-of-bad-feminist-2017-03-03

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