It was international woman’s day recently and Piers Morgan decided to take this opportunity to decide what feminism means and to pick on Emma Watson for a photo shoot she did recently for Vaniy Fair. See the video below:
Is Emma Watson anti-feminist for exposing her breasts?
Image from Vanity Fair
Emma Watson’s decision to expose part of her breasts in a Vanity Fair photoshoot has sparked a fierce debate on social media about what it means to be a feminist.
“She complains that women are sexualised and then sexualises herself in her own work. Hypocrisy,” said radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer on Twitter.
Watson said she was “confused” by accusations she is “anti-feminist” and there was a real “misunderstanding” about what it actually means.
So can you bare your breasts and still be a feminist?
Emma Watson has done more for women and for young girls than most of us put together,” says Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality and women’s rights.
“So I don’t really see that just because she’s made that decision, any of us should be criticising her.
“She’s an empowered woman who is posing for a very tasteful image. She’s not being exploited, she doing it in a controlling position. It’s a positive use of her body.”
Sexist News, the team behind the campaign for the Sun to stop using topless models on Page 3, said it loved that the former Harry Potter star was “exploring and championing feminism having grown up in the public eye”.
Emma Watson addresses Vanity Fair photo controversy
It believes the row created by the photoshoot is “daft”, adding: “It is not a debate that we have about men’s fashion shoots, regardless of the amounts of nipple-grazing crochet they wear.
“While no woman gets to dress herself outside of our society’s patriarchal bubble, this example just shows that someone like Emma Watson is going to face an even more impossible standard than many other women.”
Victoria Jenkinson, 20, a member of Girlguiding, believes the shoot has been used as a opportunity to “stir up a frenzy” around Watson and “undermine” her work promoting women’s rights.
“The shoot doesn’t suggest hypocrisy nor does it undermine her work as a feminist and we as women should be united in our fight for equality more than ever before,” she said.
“I don’t understand why people have an idea they can tell a woman what she can and can’t do and I agree with Emma that critics have missed the point.
“A woman should be able to choose what she wants to do. This is what feminism is all about in 2017.”
But Dr Finn Mackay, a feminism researcher at the University of West England, rejects the view that feminism is about giving women “choice” and says it is a social justice movement.
“Emma’s saying feminism is about choice and the choice to do whatever you want, but that’s a nonsense,” she says.
“Some women choose terrible things, some women choose to work for parties that deny women access to abortion, access to healthcare or mothers access to welfare.”
Source: Russell Brand, BBC