Recently I have been indulging in the book ‘Everyday Sexism’ after being recommended to read it by the wonderful Carrie Hope Fletcher via one of her videos. Although the book has allowed me to have a voice in the female world, another recent moment in the media has pushed me to what feels like breaking point.
I absolutely adore Beauty and the Beast and in turn Emma Watson so of course have been clinging on to every single detail and sneak peak that has been released online. It’s no secret that Emma Watson is currently being constantly heckled in the media for her topless photo in the recent issue of Vanity Fair and how because of this, she can’t possibly be a feminist.
I saw many responses via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram etc, but the response that stood out to me the most was Emma’s herself: “Feminism is about giving women a choice – I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it” and many of us agreed. Personally, I don’t understand how any type of media would take enjoyment from bringing a woman down for her decision. In the media, the majority of men will feel no remorse whilst sharing that sexist headline, but what’s worse is that the female writers are also being wound into the mens baskets and consequently destroying all of our hard work. I will never understand how these same media accounts will cover their headlines from head to toe with ‘leaked’ pictures of celebrities on beaches and in bikinis and think that this too is okay. Violating a woman’s confidence, privacy and liberation in today’s world is not okay and frankly plain upsetting. The shoot that Emma did was of course tasteful and for fashion not for a ‘lads magazine’ or a porn website.
Left: Emma Watson in Vanity Fair, Right: Emma Watson at Washington’s Women’s March
‘Feminist’ can seem like a horrendously scary word. I too have been terrified of calling myself a feminist for months because I wasn’t 100% what it meant – but the only true meaning is what it means to you and you only. Being a feminist for me is striving for gender equality and allowing women to feel just as empowered in every situation as a male would – the gender pay gaps that we still experience today are enough evidence as to why. According to the Oxford Dictionaries feminism means:
FEMINISM: The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes
I don’t want this to consequently become a long boring blog post about why we should all suddenly become feminists. But I do hope we can all stand back and re-evaluate why being a woman (and in turn a feminist) is important. For years we have been ridiculed for just being a woman and it’s about time we stood up for ourselves. Whether its your decision to breast feed in public, pose topless for a magazine cover or even reporting that sexual offence – we need to stand together as one for equality.
- Women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man makes
- Only 17% of the seats in Congress are held by women
- One out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
- One out of every six women will be sexually assaulted and/or raped in her lifetime.
- There’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that guarantees women the same rights as a man. Despite attempts to add an Equal Rights Amendment, there is no guarantee of equal rights for women in any legal document or any piece of legislation
- Despite previous attempts to ratify a UN treaty guaranteeing the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the U.S. refuses to support an international bill of rights for women signed by nearly every other nation on the planet
I recently read Elle magazines March 2017 issue where Emma was also the cover star. She talked about all things from Beauty and the Beast, taking a year off and books. I am a massive book fan and soon discovered that Emma has a book club on Goodreads – I can confirm I am now a member and it’s the perfect way to discover new feminist reads and to then discuss them with fellow readers. I shall link the book club here.
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