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A heated debate on Emma Watson’s breasts

Cherry Wilson has a question for BBC viewers to chat about: ‘Is Emma Watson anti-feminist for exposing her breasts?’ Watson – young, attractive, feted, middle-class and rich – did not expose her breasts on Page 3 or in a Stag do film. She gave us a flash of bosom inside the reassuringly expensive Vanity Fair magazine. For milk-fed sops who’ve never escaped the nipple and those others who demand we #freethenipple (from what?), Emma’s are not on view. Her breasts are not served to us in the manner of Saint Agatha on the red carpet at a TV awards do. All we see is part of her bosom, no more than you’d see if Emma pulled on a bikini and asked us if we were ‘Beach Body Ready’.


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Cherry Wilson says Emma Watson’s breasts have ‘sparked a fierce debate on social media about what it means to be a feminist’. We thought feminism was about expanding freedom. It turns out its about scoring points on Twitter, pursing your lips, arguing for censorship and seeing deep-meaning in a nice gel’s cleavage.

LBC radio presenter Radio Julia Hartley-Brewer opined on Twitter: “She complains that women are sexualised and then sexualises herself in her own work. Hypocrisy.” Sexy? That’s a matter of interpretation. The pictures of Watson are pretty dull. Flick through any fashion mag – especially those really pricy ones – and you see more flesh than in a 1980s Argos catalogue.

Wilson considers the evidence and wonders, ‘So can you bare your breasts and still be a feminist?’ It’s a remarkably stupid question, not least of all because it’s laced with snobbery. Emma’s one of the BBC’s ‘us’ – a strong, knowing liberal who will get ’em out with a wry look and parodist’s nous. She not one of ‘them’ – the weak working-class woman who gets ’em out for cash in top shelf magazines and for a laugh at Aintree.

“Emma Watson has done more for women and for young girls than most of us put together,” says Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, ‘the UK’s largest membership charity for women’s rights’. How so? “She’s an empowered woman who is posing for a very tasteful image,” says Sam. “She’s not being exploited, she doing it in a controlling position. It’s a positive use of her body.”

Victoria Jenkinson, 20, a member of Girlguiding, adds: “A woman should be able to choose what she wants to do. This is what feminism is all about in 2017.” Putting a date on feminism implies it’s an evolving standard.

On the plus side, at least Emma breasts look homemade. When Elle magazine pumped out ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ t-shirts, it was soon revealed they were made by women working for 60p an hour in Mauritian sweatshops. If we’re seeking out trends, the important and voguish thing is not to be a feminist, but to look like you are. All the excellent campaigners who fought for female choice and equality are now on par with a cheap schmutter.

“Feminism is about giving women choice,” said Watson as the world appraised her artfully staged photos. “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.”

Yours, not much. But getting them out in magazines, plenty. As Ella Whelan notes, ‘The No More Page 3 campaign called for the banning of boobs from the pages of tabloid newspapers like the Sun, because, it claimed, pictures of topless women have no place in print media. However, the official campaign’s Facebook page celebrated Watson’s shoot, sharing an article that said ‘Emma Watson’s boobs prove we still need feminism’.

Blimey! If feminism is only of interest because Emma’s breasts are on display, how on earth did it become so important?

Posted: 7th, March 2017 | In: Reviews | Comment

Beyond Parody: The Daily Telegraph Muses On How Emma Watson’s Wardrobe Furthers Women’s Rights

EMMA Watson has addressed the UN group on women’s rights and gender equality. The Daily Mail reacted in typcial style, praising Watson’s belt. But what of the Mail’s copycat paper, the Telegraph?

Tom Pride finds it beyond parody:

How on earth are satirists supposed to compete when Daily Telegraph feature writers are coming up with gems like this:

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Posted: 23rd, September 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Daily Mail Irony: Emma Watson Wear A White Belted Coat For Women’s Rights

SO. How does the Daily Mail report on Emma Watson’s appearance at a UN sexual equality do? Watson added impetus to the UN’s HeForShe campaign, which aims to involve men in tackling gender inequality and discrimination. 

The HeForShe Commitment

Gender equality is not only a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue that requires my participation. I commit to take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls.

So. what did she say?

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Posted: 23rd, September 2014 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Emma Watson won’t be getting really naked in Fifty Shades of Grey

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FIFTY Shades of Grey completely took over the world, giving people the chance to indulge themselves in the darker side of Mills and Boon and revel in some of the most clunky euphemisms for the vagina ever committed to a page. All good fun and a rather sweet way of getting your rocks off, compared to brutal 3 minute internet clips of tattooed LA starlets getting ravaged by men hung like wheelie-bins.

A film adaptation of EL James’ ‘Fifty Shades’ was inevitable and 99% of the world’s press rubbed their thighs with mucky fever, talking openly about which famous actress they’d most like to see getting spanked on the silver screen.

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Posted: 18th, March 2013 | In: Books, Film, Reviews | Comments (2)

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Premiere Photos: Emma Watson’s Golden Egg

THURSDAY night in drizzly London and time for the Premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. This the last outing in the Potter roles for Rupert Grint (sure to be heralded as the New Dennis Waterman), Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe. For some reason JK Rowling came dressed as camellia bush. You have expected the feathered Watson to sit beneath her mistress’s skirts and crack out an egg. (There’s your prequel, JK. Call me – I have ideas…)

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Posted: 7th, July 2011 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Emma Watson Is The World’s First Moving iPad Cover Girl

EMMA Watson, the Harry Potter WILF, is  the  first person to feature on a moving magazine cover for iPad, namely the Marie Claire offering. The Daily Prophet may yet be made real:

Says Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Marie Claire, New York:

“It’s the first time that it’s been done and I’m so excited. I showed it to a couple of men in the office and they just wanted it sitting on their desk, running on a loop, because it’s just so much fun – it looks like Emma’s kind of flirting, but in a nice way.”

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Posted: 17th, December 2010 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1)

Emma Watson Photo Timeline: The Pervy Uncle Hair Cut

HARRY Potter means one thing to editors: Emma Watson showing some flesh. Daniel Radcliffe has exposed his genitals on stage. Rupert Grint has done topless (as they all must). But Emma gives only glimpses. The Emma Watson mini-dress was the stand-out photos of the penultimate Harry Potter film premiere.

What next for Emma Watson? Says Emma:

“Three months ago I cut my hair – and at that moment, it felt like I became a woman.”

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Posted: 19th, November 2010 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment

Emma Watson’s Glastonbury Tattoo – In Pictures

EMMA Watson, Harry Potter’s Nell Gwynn look-alike, has had a temporary tattoo applied to her arm backstage during the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset. Slow news day? Not a bit of it… Here’s Emma Watson in her basque, boots and her “Mother Lover” tattoo…

Glastonbury 2010 In Photos (NSFW)

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Emma Watson backstage during the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset.

Posted: 25th, June 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Jack Tweed, Jade Goody, Emma Watson A Rape Crisis

JACK Tweed, widow of Jade Goody, is not a rapist. This is a fact verified in a court of law. Jack Tweed might be a gormless pillock or a sex god. Form your own opinions. But he is definitely not a rapist. So, what to make of the NoTW’s story:

My hell as I told Mum ‘I’m girl in Tweed rape’.”

In it, readers get to hear the words of the young woman who claims Tweed and his friend raped her. She is the “pretty student”. Her looks are relevant, apparently. Tweed did not shag a munter, rather he had consensual sex with a pretty young gel. Phew!

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Posted: 2nd, May 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comment

In Pictures: FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women, Best Of

CHERYL Cole is the first British woman to top FHM’s top sexiest women for 2010. Rather, Cheryl Cole is the first Briton to finish top of FHM magazines sexist women polls ever. The top three are, in order: Cheryl Cole, Megan Fox and Victoria’s Secret model Marissa Miller. The poll, voted for by men unable or unwilling to buy porn mags, says Cheryl is also sexier than Kelly Brook (7th), Keeley Hazell (5th), Frankie Sandford (4th)fourth position, Britney Spears (44th) in 2010, Abbey Clancy (10th), Kristen Stewart (6th), Adriana Lima (8th), Jessica Alba (9th) and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson in at 29. Evidence follows:


Posted: 29th, April 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Emma Watson Flashes Her Underwear

emma-watson-underwearHARRY Potter paramour Emma Watson says:

“I just want to keep it private for as long as I can. I probably sound like a paranoid nut, but I’m doing this because I want to be normal. I really want anonymity.”

This is demure Emma on the red carpet at the premiere of the new Harry Potter film. And those are her knickers trying to achieve anonymity.

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Posted: 9th, July 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (5)

Emma Watson Gives Up Acting

emma-watson-sexyEMMA Watson will not be Miley Cyrus. As the Harry Potter love interest tells Teen Vogue magazine:

Until something comes along that I feel as strongly about as I did Hermione – like, I felt that it was life or death – I don’t want to act again.”

So a few provocative photographs, falling out of clubs and orangey skin varnish as she pursues a new post-acting career as a celebrity?

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Posted: 24th, June 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment