Last week, actress Emma Watson came under fire for a photo in Vanity Fair that reveals part of her breasts, with critics arguing that the image somehow revokes her feminist credibility. Now, people are sharing the hashtag #WhatFeministsWear on Twitter to rebut the notion that feminists have to dress in a certain way. Newsflash: It turns out that it is, in fact, possible to support equal rights and opportunities for women and men and wear whatever the hell you want at the same time.
Watson, who in the past has been a vocal feminist and an advocate for the UN’s HeForShe campaign, addressed the controversy in an interview with Reuters on Saturday. “It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions there is about what feminism is," she said. “Feminism is about giving women choice. 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 t*ts have to do with it.”
On Friday, feminist icon Gloria Steinem chimed in on the matter in an interview with TMZ. She was quick to put to bed the myth that there’s some sort of feminist dress code, saying, "Feminists can wear anything they f*cking want.” (YAAAAS.)
On Monday, Jessica Samakow, managing editor of Huffington Post Voices, put out a call on Twitter for feminists to share what they see as “proper” feminist attire.
The responses flooded in. Many people followed in Samakow’s footsteps, and tweeted images of their shoes. Turns out that you can wear anything from steel-toed boots to glittery heels and, yep, still be a feminist.
Some people used the #WhatFeministsWear hashtag to show that feminism has many faces — and many outfits.
Some feminists accessorize with protest gear:
Really, #WhatFeministsWear is whatever they want to, whether that's floral dresses...
or Chewbacca costumes...
Or something a little more old school.
As long as you're supporting equal rights, regardless of gender, you're dressed like a feminist.