On International Women’s Day, Emma Watson participated in a Facebook Q&A addressing a variety of issues facing women and girls throughout the world. Emma answered questions on behalf of her #HeforShe campaign, which has drawn attention from around the world. She also addressed one of the more disturbing moments in her campaign and gave insight into what dating a world famous, feminist Harry Potter alum is like.
Emma openly talked about the horrific incident last year when she was the target of a nude photo threat, simply for discussing the importance of equality.
“The minute I stepped up and talked about women’s rights I was immediately threatened,” she noted, speaking of the disturbing hoax that threatened to release non-existent pictures of her. “Within less than 12 hours I was receiving threats.”
But don’t think for one second she backed down when she saw those pathetic threats. “People think, ‘Oh she’s gonna be disheartened by this,’ but if anything, it made me so much more determined,” she said. “I was just raging. It made me so angry, that I was like, ‘This, this is why I have to be doing this’.”
Emma addressed why she thinks people are reluctant to embrace feminist as a label.
“I think people associate it with hate,” she said.”With man hate. And that’s really negative. And I don’t think that’s what feminism is about at all. I think it’s something incredibly positive.”
Once again, the definition of feminism is “the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” There is absolutely nothing scary or weird about that.
“I think it starts young,” Emma said of the core of sexism. “Don’t try and ostracize each other. And just have an open mind and don’t have expectations based on the gender or the sex you see in front of you.”
I’m personally imagining the man in this story Emma shared about the time she treated a date to dinner is either Prince Harry or the actual real life Harry Potter she is sworn by a Horcrux spell to never speak of:
He was just like “I’m not really sure about this.” It was making him a bit tetchy. But the cool thing about it was we were both willing to have the conversation about why it was awkward and why it was uncomfortable. We were able to have the dialogue.
So how does she see the future of feminist advancement? Not without a fight, that’s for sure.
“I will probably be dead. But I’m just gonna refuse to die,” she said. “You’re not gonna get rid of me until I get to see an equal number of female prime ministers and presidents and CEOs, and more men that feel like it’s okay to express how they really feel about things. And more fathers that are present in their children’s lives. And until I see us all not policing and oppressing each other and not ostracizing each other. And when I live in a world where this isn’t a narrowly defined definition of masculinity and femininity. I’m just not gonna go.”