Welcome to this week’s instalment of Amanda Zips It Up. Well, choices abound – we can either discuss the UK Budget or International Women’s Day, both of which dominated the headlines this week.
I’m all for feminist values and equality for girls, nevertheless stopping short of supporting those age old stereotypes of burning my bra or cessation of shaving my armpits.
Watching Piers Morgan interview a horrific sexist dinosaur on TV, who chatted from within the European Parliament the other day, I was horrified to hear this idiot claim that women disserved to earn less than men, because we are shorter, weaker and less intelligent. All apparently “scientifically proven”.
Well, as you can imagine, Piers shut him down and humiliated the chap big time. But it got me thinking about those female A-listers who use their position to fight for female equality on the centre stage. Such as Emma Watson (AKA Hermione, from Harry Potter).
However, Emma Watson has been hugely criticised on social media this week for her appearance in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, posing in a white capelet. Here it is.
Critics hailed the revealing image as “hypocritical”, in light of Emma’s forthright feminism. After The Sun reproduced the image on page 3 with the headline ‘Beauty and the Breasts’ (she was promoting her latest movie – Beauty & The Beast), the Daily Mail chipped in, tweeting “Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my tits!”
Thankfully, several others leaped to Emma’s defence, questioning the suggestion that posing for a revealing photo was incompatible with speaking out on feminist issues.
In my view Emma has every right to wear what she wants, no matter how revealing, AND say what she wants. It’s the weaker women and men amongst us who can’t handle a woman who’s lucky enough to possess both credentials. Tops Marks Ms. Watson. Gold star.
Anyway, this week in Zips It Up we find heaven on earth in the form of wine coffee – yes really – and The Weeknd models for H&M.
Happy International Women’s Day!