The 26-year-old actress is the latest cover star of this month's issue of Vanity Fair. However, there is one image in particular that is causing a stir among people with very backwards thoughts concering women and their bodies.
#EmmaWatson is a feminist and her choice to pose braless for a magazine shoot should have no bearing on that. It's about time people understood that this young starlet has matured into womanhood before our very eyes. An often overlooked part of womanhood is having the right to take charge of one's own sexuality and body. Feminism can be sexy and should not have anything to do with how much or little clothing a person chooses to wear.
Since the release of these images many have been quick to try and tear Emma down, and what's most alarming is that some of the people leading this charge are women themselves. Radio presenter and journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer stated on Twitter:
The theme of the high fashion shoot appears to be decadent and aristocratic, with images of Emma dressed in high artistry gowns in keeping with this theme, so the attempts to cheapen her in this way are totally absurd. There are so many other stunning images in the shoot but people have chosen to focus on one, which is probably the least interesting, all because she has parts of her breast exposed. Society needs to stop hyper-sexualizing an image that wasn’t that raunchy to begin with.
Emma Watson has done so much for the feminist movement. Since 2014 she has been a U.N. ambassador and she kickstarted the "He for She" campaign, in which men were encouraged to support the feminist movement. It has had support from male stars such as Harry Styles, David Tennant and Eddie Redmayne.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a prominent feminist author and advocate famously defined feminism as:
"Feminism: A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”
As you can see, there is no secret clause in this definition that states that your body must be covered head to toe. In her upcoming role as Belle in #BeautyandtheBeast on March 17th, Watson has said that she has made the stereotypical #Disney princess feminist. In her interview with Vanity Fair, she talks about how Belle doesn’t wear a corset because it's too restricting and has ditched ballet shoes because they are impractical. She is an active female — rather than a passive one — who loves reading, gaining knowledge and inventing things just like her father.
Fans Are Speaking Up About The Controversy In Support Of Emma
Aside from all the controversy surrounding Emma's photoshoot on social media, there are those of us who support her. Here are a few examples:
Ultimately, Emma Watson should be free to do as she pleases without being treated as any lesser of a feminist. She is an important role model who, since her role as the fiercely intelligent Hermoine Granger, has been showing young girls that it's cool to be smart. The Brown University graduate advocates for equality and that can be nothing but a good thing. She should be allowed total control of her public image, her body and her voice.
What is your response to Emma Watson's semi-nude photo shoot? Is the criticism she's receiving justified or unwarranted?