Emma Watson on Why Talking About Feminism Got Her Death Threats

Yesterday (March 8) was International Women's Day, which meant Emma Watson participated in a Facebook Q&A, in which she opened up about life since her UN speech, and her hopes for the future.

The first thing we learned? After championing equality, Watson received death threats. Which, of course, were on top of the threat made by 4Chan (or an imposter site) to release nude photos of her.

"A lot of people who were close to me knew gender inequality was an issue, but didn't particularly think it was that urgent," she said. "Then when they saw the minute I stepped up and talked about women's rights, I was immediately threatened. It was just a wake-up call that this is a real thing, that it is really happening, now."

"It's funny because people think, 'Oh she's gonna be disheartened by this,' but if anything, it made so much more determined," she added. "I was just raging. It made me so angry, that I was like, 'This this is why I have to be doing this.'"

Yep! Yes. Exactly. Watson also went on to define what feminism means to anyone who has any doubts.

"Men think it's a woman's word," she said. "But what it means is that you believe in equality, and if you stand for equality, then you're a feminist. Sorry to tell you. You're a feminist. You're a feminist. That's it."

Pretty great, right? Check out the video of Emma doing her thing:

Tags: Anne T. Donahue, death threats, Emma Watson, feminism, International Women's Day

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