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0741, 06 Mar 17

Emma Watson’s Nude Photo Shoot

Well, almost nude. These sort of cultural quandaries are entertaining.

Can you be a feminist and pose in a nearly see-through top for Vanity Fair?

Actor Emma Watson and a British broadcaster are on opposite sides of that debate after Watson — a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador — posed in a white, ropy Burberry top that revealed much of her breasts.

The backlash was swift. Julia Hartley-Brewer, a British radio presenter and commentator, accused Watson of being hypocritical.

“Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my (t*ts)!” Hartley-Brewer tweeted.

She later defended her tweet, saying Watson “complains that women are sexualised and then sexualises herself in her own work. Hypocrisy.”

Her comments launched a heated debate on social media.

As a man trying to be cognizant of everyone’s sensibilities, what am I to do? Am I supposed to be attracted to her nearly-naked pictures? Is it sexist to be so? Am I rude if I’m NOT attracted to it for not recognizing her beauty? And what does Ron think of all this?

We have placed so many cultural landmines around us that it is impossible to avoid losing a leg every now and then.


0741, 06 March 2017


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