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Emma Watson just doesn’t care about the headlines that have labeled her as a feminazi. The 25-year-old actress said in a recent interview that she deserves to be paid the same amount of money as her male counterparts without the fear of being described as ‘demanding.’
She also added that whatever label the media puts on her (‘difficult,’ ‘feminazi,’ ‘First World Feminist’), it won’t stop her from speaking up for feminism and doing what’s right. Watson previously announced that she’s taking a year off from acting in order to fully commit to feminism and explained that despite being an A-List celebrity, she’s also had to deal with her fair share of sexism.
To quote her:
I’ve had my ass 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.
Although she’s confident that things will improve in the future, she said that men have to be a part of the solution – only when they’ve accepted that women are being subjected to sexism on a daily basis can the problem actually be solved for good.
Here’s what she said:
There’s no point in me going, ‘You all have to go away from having read this article and decide that you are a feminist.’ That’s useless. The only thing that is going to make a difference is if men go away and speak to the women in their lives about what they are experiencing.