But, of course, Gloria Steinem set the record straight in a succinct and spot-on statement.
In a quick interview with TMZ at LaGuardia airport on March 3, Steinem reminded the world that women can be feminists and express their sexuality. “Can feminists wear sexy outfits?” the TMZ reporter asked Steinem.
Her response? Perfection.
“Feminists can wear anything they fucking want,” the iconic feminist answered, while laughing at just how absurd the question was. She later added that maybe the people criticizing Watson “have an incomplete idea of who [feminists] are.”
On Sunday, Watson responded to the criticism in an interview with Reuters.
“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is of what feminism is,” the 26-year-old actress said. “...Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.”
Watch the full Reuters interview below.