Emma Watson Causes A Social Stir : What is Feminism?

This week Emma Watson , known for her acting career being a U.N. good will ambassador and being a self proclaimed feminist, caught a lot of flak this week for her photo in Vanity Fair . The ” Feminist ” community lit up with angered comments on how appalling and hypocritical it was for a ” Feminist ” to show so much of herself.

 

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This leads to a question that should always be posed. What is the definition of a feminist and was she following true to that very definition or was she in the wrong some how? This is a problem in social media currently with the misinterpretation of what a feminist is. There is the newly defined ” feminism ” which believes that women are better than men and shouldn’t degrade or demean themselves in any way . These “feminist” are especially against the objectification of women for a mans pleasure. As such seeing a picture like this leads those that know only that definition of feminism to question how much of a “feminist” Emma Watson really is. Webster defines feminism as, ” a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women .[1]This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.”. If seen as a feminist by the true definition the internet would not be upset but, because of the mixed definition of the term it is easy to understand why miss Watson took so much backlash but, in time just as with everything it will all die down.

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