“I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it”

What is feminism? And what is a “good” feminist? Is showing your body anti-feminist?

There are many views on feminism, unfortunately negative and ambiguous opinions due to misconception. But, in fact, we should all be feminists, because feminism is about freedom, equality and giving women a choice – some points we should all stand up for! So what’s a “good” feminist? Are there “bad” feminists? Everyone who supports feminism and wants to change the world towards an equal and free world is a feminist. Really nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t hide, speak up!

Is showing your body anti-feminist?

Emma Watson is not only known for her acting talent, but also for her feminist and social work: the UN HeForShe campaign, UN Women support, gender equality, the feminist character Belle in The Beauty and the Beast, etc.

In a shoot for Vanity Fair, Emma Watson posed braless – slightly covered with a cape – and showing a little bit of her boobs, more precisely her under-boobs. Too much nudity for some people. Showing her boobs would make Emma Watson a hypocrite feminist, rather an anti-feminist. But why? Is feminism really against nudity? Is this photo against feminism? Social Media reveals some opinions: feminism is against these kinds of photos because of the objectivation of women. That’s why these people see Emma Watson, who showed some nudity, as anti-feminist.

But they totally miss the point of feminism. Emma Watson is not a hypocrite and anti-feminist. The exact opposite! She understood that feminism stands up for freedom. Freedom to feel your body, to express yourself, to show your body, to have body, to be aware of your body and to do what you want with your body. It’s about being comfortable. To make your choices without social interference. To choice how you are portrayed. To choice your life.

Why is showing your body seen as anti-feminist?

The human body was being sexualized, as well, or above all, the breast so that they are seen as sexual. But in fact, breasts are part of the body and have an important purpose. People thinking of showing boobs as racy, anti-feminist or hypocritical have been conditioned to see the sexualized perspective and to think in this sexual way. Nudity is not always sexual. It’s how we are conditioned to think. People who think like this, see nudity as objectifying. But it’s not objectifying.

The social media movement #FreeTheNipple wants to desexualize the female nipples. When men walk around topless showing their nipples, no one cares. But if women show, like Emma Watson, their body, it’s the end of the world.

 

 

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