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Emma Watson Just Dropped The Mic On International Women's Day

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Today also marks the first day of HeForShe Arts Week, a partnership with New York City that aims to use the arts as an opportunity for dialogue and action.

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During a conference at the Public Theater this morning, Watson stressed the important role the arts can play in social change.

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"We have to do more than help people see the logic with their minds. It's also about making them feel it in their bones, viscerally, emotionally," Watson said. "This is what changes us. It's what makes us act. You can't unwatch great films, you can't unread incredible books, you can't unsee groundbreaking art. They change you forever."

During the conference, Watson also addressed the unfair standards we place on the idea of "masculinity."

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"[There are] rigid definitions and ideas of what a leading man can and can't do, and how he should and shouldn't act," she said. She listed The Pursuit of Happyness, Billy Elliot, The Color Purple, and Brokeback Mountain as films that "challenge the notion that men don't have tear ducts."

"They make the roles that each of us get to play more complex, more whole, more real, more authentic, they make our jobs more interesting and useful. I think gender equality does that."

She shared her own experiences with being objectified in a way her male co-stars have not been. On her 18th birthday, she was inappropriately photographed by paparazzi, whose photographs would have been illegal to run had she still been a minor.

emma watson's full quote on being inappropriately photographed on her 18th birthday

"Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint], who are my male co-stars, don't wear skirts. But I think that's just one example of how my transition into womanhood was dealt [with] very differently by the tabloid press."

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