Emma Watson Defends her Braless Vanity Fair Cover

"Feminism is about giving women choice."

By Meghan McKenna

Date March 6, 2017

If you still find feminism “confusing”, Emma Watson is here to clear things up.

The actress/activist was shot by famed fashion photographer Tim Walkerin a series of striking images for Vanity Fair’s March cover. One photograph in particular caught people’s attention.

This barely-there Burberry top has been the source of mass media controversy. Is it hypocritical for an outspoken advocate for equality to show off her cleavage? Can you be a feminist and pose in a revealing top for Vanity Fair? Critics seem to believe that feminism and nudity are mutually exclusive, suggesting that a woman cannot be both political and in touch with her sexuality.

Hmmmmm. Clearly, social media is filled with misconceptions about what it means to be a feminist. For those confused, Watson, a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, clarified the definition of feminism.

“Feminism is about giving women choice,” she told Reuters. “Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.”

Photography via Instagram/vanityfair

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