Emma Watson doesn't care if you label her a 'feminazi,' calls out paparazzi who tried to take upskirt photos

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Emma Watson Gives Another Inspirational Speech on Gender Equality


Emma Watson is a woman on a mission.

The 25-year-old actress and HeForShe activist spoke with Esquire magazine about how she's fighting for gender equality -- and how name-calling won't stop her anymore. The subject came up as she discussed Jennifer Lawrence's wage gap essay.

"We are not supposed to talk about money, because people will think you're 'difficult' or a 'diva,'" she explained. "But there's a willingness now to be like, 'Fine. Call me a 'diva', call me a 'feminazi', call me 'difficult', call me a "First World feminist', call me whatever you want."

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"It's not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens," Watson added. "It doesn't just affect me, it affects all the other women who are in this with me, and it affects all the other men who are in this with me, too."

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Emma Watson doesn't care if you label her a 'feminazi,' calls out paparazzi who tried to take upskirt photos
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson arrives to the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (L) speaks, next to an unidentified translator, during the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Emma Watson attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, takes notes during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups which are pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase its numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Emma Watson attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, right, speaks with Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Actress Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle Tuesday May 13, 2014 in Windsor, England. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
Emma Watson arrives for the UK Premiere of Noah at a central London cinema, London, Monday, March. 31, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of "Noah" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Emma Watson at Late Show with David Letterman in New York City on March 25, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch
Actress Emma Watson poses prior to attending the Vogue party, in Paris, Wednesday July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camu
English actress Emma Watson poses for the photographers during the Spain Premiere of the movie "Noah" in Madrid, Spain. Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Actress Emma Watson attends the "Noah" Germany Film Premiere at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Actress Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle on May 13, 2014 in Windsor, England. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
Presenters Joseph Gordon-Levitt, left, and Emma Watson walk on stage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures 'Noah' (Noe) at the Palafox cinema on March 17, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 13: Emma Watson attends the 'Noah' Germany Premiere at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori, left, and Director of UN Women Gulden Turkoz, right, applaud after a speech by Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Emma Watson attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
From left, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, Emma Watson, and Israel Broussard pose together at the LA premiere of "The Bling Ring" at the Director's Guild of America on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Watson walks between buildings following commencement services on the campus of Brown University, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Providence, R.I. The actress, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” movies, graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature from the Ivy League university. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MTV - Actress Emma Watson accepts the trailblazer award on stage at the MTV Movie Awards in Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday April 14, 2013. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for MTV/AP Images)
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The Harry Potter actress also opened up about the "insecurity and self-critiquing" she experienced over her looks when she was 21 and how she hated having her photo taken when she wasn't working.

"I realized it's because I can't even reconcile myself with my own image on the front of these magazines," she revealed.

"Comparing myself to how I look, when I've gone through all of that makeup and styling, in my normal life is just...I can't live up to it," Watson continued. "I was like, 'Holy sh*t! If that's how I feel and I get to be the person who's on the cover of those magazines, how's anyone else meant to cope?"

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Her day-to-day experiences working in the entertainment industry are what inspired Watson to move into activism.

"I've had my arse slapped as I've left a room," she revealed. "I've felt scared walking home. I've had people following me. I don't talk about these experiences much, because coming from me they'll sound like a huge deal and I don't want this to be about me, but most women I know have experienced it and worse...This is unfortunately how it is."

Watson shared similar struggles she has faced that her male co-stars have not during her speech at the HeForShe lighting of the Empire State Building to celebrate International Women's Day on Tuesday.

"I was obviously a child actress who is still making a transition. I remember on my 18th birthday, I came out of my 18th birthday party and photographers laid down on the pavement and took photographs up my skirt, which were then published on one of the English tabloids the next morning," she recalled.

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"If they published the photographs 24 hours earlier, they would have been illegal. But because I had turned 18, they were legal," she added. "And obviously Dan[iel Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint], who were my costars, don't wear skirts."

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling made sure to let Watson know how proud she was of her, tweeting, "You're an inspirational woman x"

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