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)
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)
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)
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)
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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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