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My Tits – My Power, My Affliction, My Political Statement

This post is a little bit left field what I intended this blog to be. However I was outraged by what the media and people on Twitter have been saying about Emma Watson’s latest photoshoot for Vanity Fair. I realised I had to write about this. For how we women feel about our own bodies is closed entwined with how we relate to men. Important stuff, right? So lets have a little think about it…

The bizarre thing is that most attacks and outrage regarding Watson’s ‘topless’ photos have come from other women. What is even more strange is the reason why they were so upset:

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Feminism.

Emma Watson who has spent the last few years standing up for the rights of women has gone and allowed photos exposing her half covered breasts to be published. Sell out! Hypocrite! Slut! (why not since we’re all about insults here?)

I think not.

Feminism used to be a nice movement that advanced equality between men and women. But it has become an ugly thing of late: a weapon that once was used again mysognistic institutions has been turned by women against, yes you heard it, other women! It seems to come from a good place, I think, which has been taken to the extreme. Feminism encourages women to resist objectification where women in society are seen rather than heard. Yet these vile things said about the Harry Potter star seemed to do just that – objectify her and go one further than men, shame her for it.

Emma Watson is not a case of a woman that is seen but not heard. In fact many of her critics critisize her precisely because they have heard what she has to say about the rights of women. Yet it seems, in the eyes of these ‘feminists’, having a voice on a public platform is incompatible with having the power and right to choose how a woman must present her body. You are either a bare-breasted woman who must not be heard or a non-sexual woman whose voice is valued by society. Yet, you don’t dare try to be both!

I and all my fellow women must resent and condemn this sort of ill directed feminism. Especially since this sort of view of ourselves leaves for nowhere to hide. Take these ‘feminists’ across the globe to look at the sisters in the Arab world where they will say that the extent to which they are required to cover up is proof of their ‘oppression’! I will not go deeper into this topic here, but it is useful to highlight how impossible the standards are to which we uphold other women and the crooked criteria we use to judge them.

If feminism is truly about the equality between men and women, then these ‘feminists’ must show the same outrage at the January 2017 cover of Men’s Health magazine, where a completely topless man has his nipples out on show. They look like they have been oiled up too! Emma Watson’s skin was matt and her nipples all covered up. Surely feminism would stick to its core ideal and push for the nipples of both genders to accepted just the same in all public spaces?

But this cannot be. Men’s nipples have nothing to do with women. Throughout history they have been completely overlooked by both genders. A woman’s breast (especially if it also reveals the nipple) has everything to do with men and always has been. Women’s bodies have such power over the minds of men and yes, that includes commercial power. Sadly for most of our history, men have managed the consequences of this by claiming power over women’s bodies. But now that we ladies have the control of our own tits – must we hide in shame? Must we deny our sexuality? Must we deny our own bodies?

While we think that we must deny ourselves this, we will not be equal to men and we will not fully take back the power that men have over them. It is sad, indeed tragic, that we lack sisterhood on an issue as important as this, ganging up and shaming the ladies that are paving the way for women who want to be both seen and heard.

I stand by you, Emma Watson, so I share my own tit-y picture in support of you here. How sad it is that still in the 21st century, my cleavage is a political statement.

P.S. If you only ended up reading this article because of the picture or because the word ‘tits’ appeared in the title, then thanks. I was seen and heard and heard even better because I was seen. #winning

5 comments on “My Tits – My Power, My Affliction, My Political Statement

  1. Reblogged this on For friends without borders and commented:
    Food for thought on International Woman’s Day 2017. Well written and thought provoking.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Haha I love it. Sometimes I think people have trouble reconciling ‘Hermoine’ with the now very grown up actress who played her years ago. She’s no little girl anymore and her photos were lovely and tasteful.

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  3. Very nice post, Ligita. Women can both express their sexuality and speak eloquently about various philosophies. It’s called being well-rounded, in both ways (pun intended). Some of us bring our A-game in every aspect of our lives. 🙂

    Good for you, Emma Watson! Can’t wait for Beauty and the Beast! 😀

    -thebrunetteinthepinkscarf

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