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Emma Watson: I’m not a white feminist

Emma Watson has insisted her involvement with feminism is from the perspective the movement is “universal and global”.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Emma Watson does not consider herself a “white feminist”, as she is aware of the different kinds of discrimination other females from disparate ethnic backgrounds face.

The 25-year-old actress is the face of United Nations campaign HeForShe, an initiative aimed at encouraging men and boys to support women’s rights.

During a Twitter Q&A on Friday 9 October (15), a fan asked Emma the following question: “Are you a white feminist?”

And Emma responded with a very detailed answer on the concept of intersectionality, a feminist theory that asserts women of certain ethnic backgrounds experience more discrimination than white females.

“I’m glad this question came up,” she wrote in a note attached to a tweet, claiming it should have been apparent to everyone what her stance is on the issue due to the content of the speech she delivered at UN headquarters in New York City in September (14). “I’ve been thinking about it a lot. White feminist implies an exclusion of black women from the movement which I find surprising because my bosses (and the people who gave me the job) are two black women.

“It implies that I am not aware of my own privilege but I mention my own luck/good fortune/privilege something like 5 times in my UN speech and my wish to make sure other women have access to the same opportunities that I have. It implies a willful ignorance or neglect of the issues surrounding intersectionality.”

Emma went on to explain she is very committed to including everyone in the feminist movement.

She is concerned with the welfare of all people.

“I can’t speak on behalf of intersectional feminists specifically but I can use my platform to give those that do have personal experience a spotlight,” Emma said. “And I see this as my role- to speak to my own personal experience and to amplify the experiences of other people. It’s why we have the University tour, it’s why I have traveled to Bangladesh, Zambia and Uruguay and why I will travel more next year.I (sic) want to hear as many voices as possible, I want to hear other peoples (sic) stories. This is a universal and global movement.”

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