Emma Watson schools critics on what feminism actually means

"It's about equality. I really don't know what my tits have to do with it".

Emma Watson has responded to the critics who were behind the backlash surrounding her recent photo shoot with Vanity Fair, which saw the actress posing in a see-through top. "Feminism is not a stick with which we beat other women with", said the 26-year-old in an interview with Reuters.

The photo shoot was carried out by acclaimed fashion photographer Tim Walker and displayed Watson in an open white crocheted bolero jacket with no bra or shirt underneath.

Emma posed topless for the magazine sparking a divided opinion amongst her fans. It's about freedom, it's about liberation. It's very confusing. I am confused.

Many people ran to Emma's side, offering their support on Twitter for the star, saying what she wears does not alter her feminist stance in anyway.

Emma Watson has been in the headlines more so than usual since her upcoming film, Beauty and the Beast, started to make noise.

"They were saying that I couldn't be a feminist and have boobs".

However, Watson admits she's "confused" and "quietly stunned" by the criticism. Thankfully, there were still plenty who defended the actress, pointing out that making the choice to show your body doesn't contradict feminism - but trolling other women does.

She helped to launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls on men to advocate gender equality. In 2014, the Beauty and the Beast actress had a similar critique of Beyoncé.

  • Salvatore Jensen