Emma Watson: “I’ve Had My Arse Slapped as I’ve Left a Room”

Emma Watson has continued to speak out on the subject of feminism and in a new interview continues to share her strong opinions on the subject. The actress explains that sexism still exists and she has experienced it personally but doesn’t want to make the issue only about herself:

“I’ve had my arse slapped as I’ve left a room.I’ve felt scared walking home. I’ve had people following me. I don’t talk about these experiences much, because coming from me they’ll sound like a huge deal and I don’t want this to be about me, but most women I know have experienced it and worse.”

In order to bring about more change, Emma asks men to start calling themselves feminists because it will turn attitudes around. She believes many people are still caught up in the negative misconceptions surrounding feminism which aren’t at all true and it’s just about women wanting gender equality:

“There are misconceptions about the word. The way it is constructed — it’s obviously got ‘feminine’ in the word — immediately pushes men away from it, because they think, “Oh, it’s got nothing to do with me.” Also, they have this idea that it is about women competing with men, or being against men, or wanting to be men, which is a huge misconception. Women want to be women. We just want to be treated equally. It’s not about man hating. [US feminist, author and activist] Bell Hooks says, “Patriarchy has no gender.” It’s true.”

Commenting on the gender wage gap, Emma says it’s a universal problem we should all be talking about no matter what our jobs are because no one is being paid equally, and she thinks women have to fight to have their voices heard even if they’re called difficult for doing so:

“We are not supposed to talk about money, because people will think you’re “difficult” or a “diva”. But there’s a willingness now to be like, “Fine. Call me a ‘diva’, call me a ‘feminazi’, call me ‘difficult’, call me a “First World feminist’, call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens.” Because it doesn’t just affect me, it affects all the other women who are in this with me, and it affects all the other men who are in this with me, too. Hollywood is just a small piece of a gigantic puzzle but it’s in the spotlight. Whether you are a woman on a tea plantation in Kenya, or a stockbroker on Wall Street, or a Hollywood actress, no one is being paid equally.”