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Emma Watson has starred in the highly successful Harry Potter franchise. She is playing the character of Belle in the remake of Beauty and the Beast, creating a princess for the modern age who des her own inventions, refuses to wear a corset, and teaches young illiterate girls how to read.
Watson had posed for a Vanity Fair photoshoot, featuring a photo in which parts of her breasts could be seen beneath an open bolero jacket. Some shamed Watson, wondering how she could be a feminist while allowing her breasts to be seen by the public.
Emma watson, nudity, and what this means for feminism
Others defended her, insisting feminism was about giving women the freedom to show their breasts without fear of judgment. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.
But considering the ongoing debate about what nudity means for gender equality, whether Watson likes it or not, they have quite a lot to do with it. On one side of this debate exists women who believe nudity is important for gender equality. Amber Rose, frequently pitted against Kardashian in the media, proudly hosted her second SlutWalk in October And then there is a whole generation of women on Instagram who are pushing for the right to show off their nude bodies, posting topless photos and using the hashtag FreetheNipples.
After all, the male gaze exists, whether we want it to or not. Men wish to see nude women, and posting nude photos plays into this desire.
So was the outcry over Watson truly about her breasts? Yes, partially. But the root of this scandal truly lies in the fear — or empowerment — women feel at the idea of exposing their body and their sexuality to the world.
To some of us, it may seem silly that Watson, despite her many achievements, was attacked for daring to show her bare skin. But that does not mean we should just brush aside those women who, for any variety of reasons, do not equate feminism with public nudity. The issue is complicated, but there is still one truth we can rely on: feminism, like Watson said, is about choice.
But it is also about conversation, debate, and growth. And yet, this past March, all anyone could talk about were her breasts. Languages Jusleen Basra April 17,