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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Emma Watson

by Melissa Silverstein
July 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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I saw the final Harry Potter film last night and there is one moment where you see Emma Watson in a scenes from the first film and it makes you remember how young all these actors were when they took on the roles. Watson has grown up before our eyes through 8 films and from her recent comments, it seems that she has turned out quite great.

Here's what she said about Hermione and herself:

I’m a bit of a feminist in the same way that she is. I will speak my mind. I’m very heady in the same way that she is; I’m constantly thinking three, four moves ahead. I try to intellectualize a lot, which she does as well, obviously. I’m very determined as well...

And she blows up all the princess bullshit:

You know, I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it’s bullsh*t. I identified much more with the idea of being a warrior, and being a fighter… I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave, and I think that’s something they’ve got to embrace.

Watson is finishing her college degree (she is still enrolled at Brown) but will be studying at Oxford and is also branching out beyond Harry Potter. Her next film is My Week With Marilyn followed by Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Emma Watson talks the final ‘Harry Potter,’ feminism, corsets (Hitfix)

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5 Comments

  • Brooks | July 21, 2011 2:05 AMReply

    "A bit of a feminist? Why just a bit? I didn’t see her actually doing any feminist activism."

    Kathy - I'm not exactly sure what your definition of activism is, but Watson saying "I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it’s bullsh*t" in an interview is certainly a form of feminist activism. If the goal is equality among the sexes and tearing down unjust gender roles, then how is Watson's public advocation of girls and women thinking for themselves not activism?

    KT - I agree, it would be very male chauvinistic to just blame the women, but I'm not convinced that Watson is actually blaming anyone. This is mostly due to the fact that she doesn't talk about blame whatsoever. Also, that quote taken out of context gives it ambiguity regarding whether she's saying to embrace being scared or embrace feeling powerful and strong and brave.

  • Kathy | July 16, 2011 3:04 AMReply

    "I’m a bit of a feminist in the same way that she is."

    A bit of a feminist? Why just a bit? I didn't see her actually doing any feminist activism.

  • KT | July 16, 2011 3:01 AMReply

    "I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave, and I think that’s something they’ve got to embrace."

    Women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave because men are scared of it. If men wanted women to feel powerful and strong and brave, women wouldn't be afraid. It's very male chauvinistic to just blame the women.

  • Kaylie | July 13, 2011 5:03 AMReply

    I've always liked her. She's got a good head on her shoulders.

  • Rach | July 13, 2011 3:06 AMReply

    Her next film is My Week with Marilyn in November.

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