There's a nasty, outdated stereotype some people have about feminists: all of them grow their armpit hair out, have shaved heads, and stomp around screaming about how much the patriarchy sucks. Basically, the incorrect idea that feminists are angry, combative people still permeates society, in spite of not being the truth.
Of course, if a woman wants to shave her head and protest gender inequality in the streets, she could totally be a feminist. But someone can be a feminist while still partaking in "traditional" standards of femininity, presenting as non-binary, gender non-conforming, or so on. Someone can be a feminist and be quiet, or be loud, be angry, or be calm. Basically, feminism has nothing to do with what you look like, or how you present your gender, and is all about your ideas and belief in equality.
Which is apparently a difficult thing for many people to grasp after Emma Watson's recent Vanity Fair cover photo shoot.
Granted that little headline above the photo is about as cringeworthy as they come, but is it enough to question whether or not Watson should be taken "seriously" as a feminist, as Radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer suggests?
It's possible to be a feminist and be proud of your body. Emma Watson doing a revealing photo shoot doesn't cancel out her feminist activism— Rud (@TheRuddleKip) March 1, 2017
Do you think Emma was being hypocritical? Or are people seriously misunderstanding what feminism means?