If Emma Watson can’t have boobs AND be a feminist we should all just chop our mammary glands off now

She just can’t win

Emma Watson is a hero for so many girls and women out there. She played the Queen of Bookworms Hermione Granger and lodged herself in our hearts, she’s spoken out about feminism and crusaded for women’s rights. Now she’s playing another legendary bookworm, Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, but that’s still not enough for some people.

Last week, Emma posed for a stunning shoot with Vanity Fair and she hasn’t heard the end of it since. Why? Boobs.

“They were saying that I couldn’t be a feminist and… and have boobs.”

Here’s the shot that got everyone all fired up.

Emma has received an onslaught of hate and criticism for this nearly topless photo, but why?

As someone who has fought for the empowerment of women and gender equality, some people are saying that Emma is being anti-feminist. Feminism is the right and the freedom to choose. For a woman and only her to choose what is right for her and her body – surely that’s exactly what Emma is doing? She is choosing to pose in that way and owning her sexuality.

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After all, if a man poses topless no one blinks an eyelid. But some side boob? A hideous anti-feminist appears. Emma was shocked and confused at the reaction for those reasons and a few more.

But we can also see the other side of the argument. Emma is profiting from the standards that persecute other women. Women that aren’t young, fair, slim, rich, beautiful – the women that embody the ideas of Western beauty standards.

And yet it doesn’t feel right to land that on Emma either. It’s not her fault. She’s using the advantages she has in her industry to further her success, even if those advantages are ones constructed outside of feminism.

As far as we see it, Emma would have been shouted down whatever she did. Women are caught in an endless loop: strip down and you’re an anti-feminist, cover up and you’re a prudish feminist; be confident, but humble; be opinionated, but quiet about it – there’s no winning side. All that’s left is to do what’s best for you. And we think that Emma looks incredible.

Was Emma right? Can you show your boobs AND be a feminist?

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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