Emma Watson has come under fire, twice in one week: the first backlash stemming from her "revealing" Vanity Fair photo shoot where the bottom of her breasts were exposed and the second time for her response to that criticism. It's already hard enough for women to freely express themselves without the societal constraints of acceptable expressions of female sexuality weighing them down, so it becomes extremely problematic when women start to police the way other women express their womanhood. This is exactly what Emma Watson did four years ago when she critiqued Beyoncé for the videos from her self-titled digital music and visual drop, Beyoncé. So it's no surprise that many women of color, specifically black women, are calling her out for her hypocritical statements during a People interview where she says, "Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women. It's about freedom. It's about liberation." Hmmm...well isn't that exactly what you did Ms. Watson when you expressed your disdain for the way in which Beyoncé decided to express her sexual freedom and liberation? I think her exact quote to Wonderland Magazine was, "As I was watching I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in the category of feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her."
This pop culture interaction is just another example of what women of color mean when they say there isn't solidarity within the feminist movement when it comes to allyship between white women and women belonging to marginalized groups. It wasn't until Emma Watson was critiqued for her interpretation of sexual liberation that she felt the need to reinforce the idea that feminism is about freedom and women's choice. Well, what happened to Beyoncé's choice to twerk across the stage with feminist in bold ass letters standing tall in bright lights on a jumbotron? Women's choice and feminism isn't just about what is most convenient for one particular woman's narrative, but is about the acceptance of the way all women choose to embrace their sexuality and expression of womanhood. Why is it that white women only speak up about feminist issues when it only affects them, but remain silent or harshly critical when the topic at hand pertains to expressions from women of color?