I saw everyone on twitter tearing Emma Watson apart for saying she’s self - partnered instead of single and decided to watch her interview for British Vogue to know what the hell was she trying to say with that. I was very surprised to find a 30 minute video in which amongst other things she talks about the following:
- She felt undeserving when she was appointed
as UN Women goodwill ambassador and sought out Gloria Steinem to learn about
- She thinks the criticism
she received for being a white feminist was useful because it made her educate
- She says there’s a
desperate need to reform the education system in the UK to change the way they
are taught the history of how Britain has been involved in foreign affairs and how
they profited from slavery.
- She felt anxious about approaching
30 because there’s a lot of pressure to have a husband and a baby by then and
she’s still figuring her life out.
- She was so young when
she was casted in Harry Potter that she doesn’t remember much of her life
before it and she went to therapy to deal with her issues with fame. She used
to feel very guilty for being unhappy because she thought she should enjoy fame
- The interviewer is a
transgender woman and they discuss transgender issues for a while. Emma is in
regular contact with a trans child which makes the topic of trans rights emotional for her because she’s very anxious for this kid’s safety.
- She talks about her role
as Meg March in the new Little Women movie and defends that unlike what many
people say choosing to be a wife and a mother doesn’t make Meg a less feminist
character and quotes a line from the movie, “Just because my dreams are
different than yours it doesn’t mean they are unimportant.”
- She wishes more people would
realize she’s not Hermione Granger but also understands why they want to see
that in her because Hermione is a symbol for her too.
- She used to think she
could never be happy without a partner and now that she has learnt to navigate
that better and is genuinely happy single she’s started to think of herself as
self - partnered in contrast to the time when she thought of herself as single
Every media outlet decided to focus in an out of context quote from the three minutes she talked about her dating life when the actual interview had a lot of depth and way more important things were discussed. I’m sad and angry but not surprised.