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Emma Watson won’t bow to threats from misogynists

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Emma Watson has been serving as the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador since last year, and since then, she’s been very vocal about women’s rights and the importance of advancing women’s interests, to mixed reviews. But dealing with naysayers is one thing, and dealing with violent misogynists is completely another – especially when they start threatening violence.

During a Facebook Q&A session for the HeForShe equality campaign, Emma revealed the extent of the bullshit she dealt with from online bullies:

A lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but didn’t think it was that urgent. And particularly, “We live in Great Britain – this is a thing of the past, oppression of women. We’re fine. We’re good. We’ve got far enough.”

When they saw that the minute I stepped up and talked about women’s rights I was immediately threatened. I mean within less than 12 hours I was receiving threats. I think they were really shocked and one of my brothers in particular was very upset.

It’s funny, people were like, “Oh she’s going to be so disheartened by this. If anything, it made me so much more determined. I was just raging. It made me so angry that I was just like, “This is why I have to be doing. This. This is why I have to be doing this. If they were trying to put me off, it did the opposite.”

Oh, and just in case people have shit to say about her “first world feminism”, Emma is fully aware that there are plenty of other big fish to fry:

HeForShe is about men coming to support women for femininity and for feminine qualities, because they are currently valued less by our society. Femininity needs to be embraced wherever its found, whether it be found in a man or a woman or a non-conforming gender person. Wherever it’s found we need to value it.

I’m also against racism, and homophobia, and classism, and ableism, and xenophobia, and all of it. My specific mandate is to advocate for women and girls, I’m the U.N. ambassador for women so I’m here to do that. But I also understand that these oppressions are interlocking, mutually reinforcing and that inter-sectionality is a really important word here. We just need to be supporting each other.

Totally agree, girl.

You can relax now – Emma Watson isn’t really dating Prince Harry

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Just in case anyone actually believed the bullshit, I can tell you now once and for all that Emma Watson is NOT secretly dating Prince Harry or vice versa. After people started going batshit at the idea of Hermione becoming a princess, Emma herself took to Twitter to dispel the rumours and remind everyone to use their brains once in a while.

Well, duh. How did anyone even entertain this as anything more than the level of tabloid fodder you’d expect to find next to a feature about a woman who gave birth to a half lizard, half human baby? Are people really THAT stupid? (Don’t answer that question – it answers itself.)

Anyway, you know what that means, ladies – Harry’s still availableeeeee! Wouldn’t Kate Middleton be an awesome sister-in-law?

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Is Prince Harry Secretly Dating Emma Watson?


BULLSHIT RUMOR ALERT! Prince Harry is apparently “secretly dating” Emma Watson. I am calling this a “bullshit rumor alert” because the best source we can get on this one is Women’s Day Australia who claims to have an “exclusive” on the whole fake thing. Excuse me for being cynical, folks, but here we are. So reveal to us what’s in your chamber of secrets, Women’s Day!

After numerous failed relationships, it looks like notorious bachelor Prince Harry has found love with gorgeous Harry Potter star Emma Watson.

Woman’s Day can exclusively reveal the pair are having secret dates with each other and are getting to know each other quite well.

When Harry heard she had split from her British rugby player boyfriend Matthew Janney at the end of last year, he called on mutual friends to help him hook up with the actress.

He then sent Emma a short email saying that he would “like to get to know her” and invited her out.

Although 12 other friends went along too to make Emma feel a little more comfortable, the pair hit it off!

“Harry didn’t want her to feel like she was put on the spot,” explains one insider. “A party also shows he’s fun and not stuffy.”

“He’s smitten – and it’s more than Emma’s looks.”

The good news is, Emma has already met some of the family! She met Harry’s brother Prince William last year at a cancer charity event and has also met his dad Prince Charles.

Wait, wait — she needed “12 other friends” to come along on their date? Twelve other friends??? Let’s pretend for a moment that this story is true. Who the hell doesn’t trust a guy enough to the point where she needs to bring along 12 people on their date? I guess when it’s Prince Harry. I still remember the time when he dressed up as freakin’ Nazi. I’m never letting that one go.

So anyway, there you have it. On a scale of bullshit to total bullshit, where do you rate this story?

(Note: if it turns out that I’m wrong and this story is not bullshit — which will not happen — I will forgive Prince Harry and become a fan of his, forever.)

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Maisie Williams has no time for Emma Watson’s “first world feminism”

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Remember that great speech Emma Watson gave at the UN a couple of months ago about feminism and its importance? Everyone thought it rocked – myself included – but there was one person who was less than impressed. That person is Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, who thinks Emma Watson needs to climb down from her ivory tower and broaden her world view.

From The Guardian:

Williams is a feminist, though it’s not an issue high on her agenda. “There are creepy things that people say online that I shouldn’t have to read,” she explains, “but there are bigger things going on in other countries.” We talk about actor Emma Watson’s recent UN speech, in which she talked about her reasons for becoming a feminist, and the need for men to be onside; Williams says she is impatient with this kind of “first-world feminism”. “A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, ‘that doesn’t bother me’. I know things aren’t perfect for women in the UK and in America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse.”

Huh. I mean, I kinda get where she’s coming from – Feminism isn’t just for white, middle-class women, and yet that’s often where so many of the efforts are focused. Feminism is ALL women of all ethnicities, religions, economic background, etc, and the issues surrounding marginalized and often ignored communities definitely need more attention. That being said, I don’t think Emma Watson was being purposely exclusive, she just maybe needs to sorta expand her horizons. Plus, one speech doesn’t mean that she’s ONLY concerned about what she said within it, and I also don’t think Maisie was trying to diss or talk shit about Emma, just that their priorities are different, and that’s okay.  These two should meet – they might learn something from each other!

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Taylor Swift talks feminism and Emma Watson haters

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Taylor Swift is feeling feminism lately and is being vocal about her support of her fellow ladies. In fact, while being interviewed on France’s Tout Le Monde En Parle, Taylor discussed Emma Watson‘s recent UN speech and the hate (and threats) she received as a result:

In case you can’t watch the video (or just don’t have the patience to do so), here’s a bit of what Taylor had to say:

“I wish when I was 12 years old, I had been able to watch a video of my favorite actress explaining in such an intellectual, beautiful poignant way the definition of feminism,” Swift said. “Because I would have understood it and then earlier on in my life I would have proudly claimed that I was a feminist.”

The singer explained that “so many girls out there say ‘I’m not a feminist’ cause they think it means something angry or disgruntled or complaining. They picture like rioting and picketing, it is not that at all, it just simply means that you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities and to say that you’re not a feminist means that you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women.”

“I just think that a lot of girls don’t know the definition and the fact that Emma got up and explained it, I think it’s an incredible thing and I am happy to live in a world where that happened,” Swift noted of the HeforShe campaign.

I mean, that’s all a bit simplified, but I get what she’s going for and I think her young fans will, as well. The whole video is worth watching, since she talks a bit about Miley Cyrus, as well.

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Emma Watson makes awesome speech on feminism at UN Headquarters

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Emma Watson has been up to some awesome shit since leaving the whole Harry Potter franchise behind. For instance, she’s earned a college degree at Brown University, did some modeling and also takes part in a lot of charity work. Earlier this year she was named the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and as part of her role, she visited the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday to give her first speech. Spoiler alert: it was awesome.

One of the best points Emma made was the fact that often, feminism is equated with man-hating, which is a bunch of bullshit and, as Emma said, “has to stop”.

You can watch her full speech below:

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Emma Watson named UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

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Aw, little Emma Watson is having a great year! First she graduated from Brown University and now she’s been named the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Here’s the press release:

UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of British Actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador.

Best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, the accomplished actress, humanitarian, and recent graduate of Ivy League institution, Brown University, will dedicate her efforts as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.

“We are thrilled and honored to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women,” stated Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women. “The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century, and I am convinced that Emma’s intellect and passion will enable UN Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally,” added Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Ms. Watson has been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years, and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts.

“Being asked to serve as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling. The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role,” said Ms. Watson.

Ms. Watson is the first Goodwill Ambassador appointment under Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s leadership.

Good for her. This is an important organization and I’m sure she can accomplish some great things. I’m surprised Angelina Jolie wasn’t asked – though she already is a UN ambassador for another sector, I believe, so there’s that.