Emma Watson is a woman. And like lots of women, she has those lumpy things that come in various shapes and sizes and decorate a woman’s chest. You know, those things that get perkier in the cold and jiggle when you run down the stairs? Boobs. A girl’s breast friend.
In her latest shoot for Vanity Fairmagazine, Emma Watson showed some of her boob. Not the whole knocker, though that would be fine too, but this was just underboob. And in a shocking turn of events, certain people of the internet went batsh*t about it.
Emma Watson: "Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my tits!" pic.twitter.com/gb7OvxzRH9
For some reason, people took issue with the fact that Emma Watson, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN who is one of the most outspoken celebrities advocating for gender equality… had boobs? Showed her boobs? Wore a ridiculous looking and highly impractical top? Oh god, it’s just so confusing and stupid and WHO EVEN CARES?!
They’re her boobs to do what she wants with – if Emma Watson wants to knit nipple covers and wear them like tea cosies, that’s her prerogative. If she wants to guard them like a state secret, that’s cool too. If she wants to photocopy them and put them on every billboard all over the country, bras off to her.
Thankfully, there are loads of people on the internet who understand that feminism is about choice and that you can be a feminist and do whatever you fancy with your boobies.
@JuliaHB1 Feminism is about giving women FREE CHOICE. They can cover up or expose their bodies as they want. You've missed the point
But no one said it better than Emma herself, who defended the shoot during a press junket for her upcoming film, Beauty and the Beast.
Wow, all those haters must be feeling like real tits right now.
Watch the full interview below:
posted January 30, 2017 by Lily @ betty
It’s official – awards season is upon us. The Golden Globes were held on Sunday, the BAFTAs are just around the corner and we can practically smell the Oscars in the air.
Which means red carpets. Loads of red carpets. Amidst all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, it’s easy to get caught up in the beautiful dresses and the hair so shiny you can practically use it as a mirror – and that’s all lovely – but let’s also remember that awards season is really about acknowledging how kickass these people are at their jobs.
Unfortunately, some of the reporters of the red carpet seem to forget that these women aren’t just walking, talking clothes hangers. But the leading ladies of the big screen aren’t about to take it lying down. Here are some of our very fave women calling out sexism and stupidity on the red carpet. Give them ALL the awards.
Australian actress Cate Blanchett wanted to know why the cameras were only interested in the women’s legs. Aren’t all pins created equal?
Parks and Rec star Rashida Jones called BS when a reporter asked her about her ‘tan’. Mike drop.
Stand up comedian Amy Schumer got real about the other sort of red carpet.
Jennifer Garner wondered why no one asked her (then) husband about how he ‘balances work and family’. Now will someone please ask her something important, like if she did all her own stunts in Alias?
A reporter made some big assumptions about the Big Bang Theory star’s calculus ability. He got schooled.
J. Law, winner of three Golden Globes and the highest paid actress in Hollywood, called it like she saw it when she was asked about her dress. Literally.
Emma Stone, who won a Golden Globe for her performance in La La Land this year, sassed it up when a reporter cat-called her, proving, for the millionth time, there’s so much more to this leading lady than the way she looks.
In what has got to be one of most bizarre inventions of the 21st Century, the red carpet introduced the ‘mani cam’ where celebrities can show off their manicures. If flipped Elisabeth Moss right off.
When asked about her dating life, Rihanna made it clear than she don’t need no man. Preach, Rhi Rhi.
This awards season, let’s remember that there’s more to these ladies than the way they look. They’re the best in the business and they’re fierce as hell.
posted January 27, 2017 by Lily @ betty
Ok, winter you were fun for a while, but it would be really nice if you’d bugger off now so we could all have some time to regain the feeling in our toes.
Here are some of the other things we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.
Taylor Swift and Zayn’s song was released
Finally, after weeks of teasing, Swifty and Zayn have released the music video for their brand-new song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” There’s a lot of brooding looks and coloured lighting, but let’s be real, we’ll probably keep watching it all day.
The boys in your class might be getting more allowance than you
Yep, according to a report by Childwise, on average, boys between the ages of 11 and 16 receive £17.80 allowance a week, compared to girls of the same age, who get £12.50. Not only that, the report found that boys are encouraged to have more financial independence than girls. Ladies, it’s time to get negotiating.
Miss Canada, you’ve got our vote
Siera Bearchell, the woman who represents Canada in the Miss Universe pageant took to Instagram this week to talk about something really important: self-worth. Her message for everyone out there? Stop focusing on who everyone else wants you to be and embrace who you really are. Well, we’re backing Miss Canada for the win.
A photo posted by Siera Bearchell (@sierabearchell) on
H&M to donate millions to refugees
Over the holiday period, H&M made a pact to donate 5% of proceeds for every gift card that was sold in 4000 of their stores to help refugee children. They’ve dedicated the money to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help them provide education for children who have had to flee their homes. If you want to learn more about the UNHCR, you can read about them here. But in the meantime, we’re watching this adorable video that UNHCR Philippines put together – it’s giving us all the feels.
“I think you’re old like dirt”: Bad Lip Reading
Need something to make you laugh? It’s seven days since President Trump was inaugurated, and it’s been an, er, interesting week. You may have seen the actual inauguration, but have you seen Bad Lip Reading’s version? It’s full of gems like: “the new kid smells like falafel and wants to shave my moustache” and “you think I won’t fling three eggs at you?” We promise it’ll have you in stitches.
Harry Pooper and the Chamber of Secrets
Every so often, JK Rowling answers a question you never even knew you had. This week on Pottermore she revealed that wizards used to…poo themselves. TMI? Maybe. But hey, now we know.
The nail polish challenge
This week, Lily and Anjali messed around with the NailsInc nail polish that came in this month’s bettybox to do a nail polish challenge. Let us know who you think won in the comments section!
Have a great weekend, we’ll see you Monday!
posted January 13, 2017 by Lily @ betty
IT’S FINALLY SNOWING and we couldn’t be more excited. There’s something magical about snow that makes everyone immediately revert to their five-year-old self; catching snowflakes on your tongue, building snowmen with carrots for noses, belting out all the songs from Frozen as you hurtle down the nearest hill on a bin bag (oh, just us?).
So while the flakes fall outside, settle in with a hot chocolate and read about some of the other things we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.
The Emma Watson doll looks like… Justin Bieber
The internet collectively lost its mind this week when Disney released a Belle doll ahead of the release of the new live action Beauty and the Beast film (eeeeeek). There is one slight snag though. The Emma Watson-inspired doll looks… weirdly like Justin Bieber. Justin Bieber wearing a wig and a big yellow dress.
Biebs, sorry to break it to you, but we’re not sure canary yellow is your colour. Even our mama agrees.
Despite three quarters of young peoplebelieving that sex and relationships education (SRE) should be taught in schools, parliament has voted against the legislation. SRE aims to give students a more well-rounded education about sex and relationships. Rather than just learning all the birds and the bees lark, SRE would provide information about consent, LGBT+ relationships and the emotional side of sexual relationships too – because we all know that stuff is just as important as *what* supposedly goes *where*.
If you want to get involved in the campaign, you can check it out here. Or watch our video with our Shero Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism about her involvement in the SRE campaign.
iPhone turned 10 this week
A whole decade ago today, we welcomed the very first iPhone into the world. It weighed 135 grams, had a glossy black finish and changed the way we communicate forever. Happy birthday, dear iPhone! We couldn’t work out what to get you – after all, what do you get the phone that has everything? So we settled on a gif of a grumpy cat at a birthday party. Nailed it.
Sasha Obama must have had some serious FOMO on Tuesday
It always sucks when your parents say you can’t go to the cinemas with your friends because you have to study. But the Obamas took it to a whole new level this week when they said Sasha couldn’t come to watch President Obama’s farewell speech because she had an exam the next day.
Yep, while her mum and sister were sitting front row, proudly beaming as her father bid farewell to millions of people, Sasha was at home with her textbooks. No matter how she does in the exam, we’re giving her an A+ for effort.
Aubrey Plaza is on Instagram & Chris Pratt is excited
Parks and Recreation star and all-round comedy queen Aubrey Plaza has finally joined Instagram, and her TV husband Chris Pratt is pretty excited. He posted this adorable throwback of the two of them from their Parks and Rec days with the caption: “Please follow my TV wife @plazadeaubrey Aubrey Plaza AKA Janet Snakehole. She is new to Instagram. 👍🏼🙏😉😊 She is going to post really weird and funny stuff.”
You heard the man – go follow! You can’t say no to Star-Lord.
Oreo Cadbury Creme eggs are a thing now
It’s still the early days of January, so obviously supermarkets are already stocking Easter eggs. All the old regulars will be there; the giant one filled with Smarties, the Lindt ones with the soft centre and, of course, the egg that needs no introduction: the Creme egg. Only this year, Cadbury is stepping it up a notch (ok, blowing all our minds) with the Oreo Creme Egg. We’ve got three months to get used to the idea… but all the delicious sugariness of a regular Creme egg mixed with Oreos? We’re egg-cited.
Laura Marling’s voice will keep you warm this winter
Laura Marling has released a new single and we are in LOVE. It’s the perfect track for sitting near the window and watching the snow fall outside while cradling a hot beverage, maybe with a fire flickering gently in the background. And a cat gently purring on our lap. Not that we’ve thought about this or anything.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is out today, and there’s nothing unfortunate about that! After all, you’ll need some consolation when the snow melts.
Have a great weekend y’all!
posted November 3, 2016 by Amy @ betty
Equality campaigner and all-round Shero, Laura Bates shook things up big time when she founded the Everyday Sexism Project in 2012. Now she’s written a book, Girl Up, and embarked on a mission to get full, helpful sex and relationships education (SRE) into schools across the country, with the #SRENow campaign.
We caught up with Laura to talk about harassment, bullying, relationships and just why sex ed is so important. Watch the video above.
posted October 26, 2016 by Siam Goorwich
My best ever Halloween costume was the time I dressed up as Margaret Thatcher – complete with cardboard and kitchen foil iron (she was The Iron Lady, after all). It was easy to assemble (a blue vintage dress, a cheap wig and the aforementioned iron), original and 100% not sexy: everything I look for in a Halloween outfit. Because the thing is, there’s nothing more boring than being the girl at the party dressed as a sexy witch. Or even worse, a sexy cat. *Shudder*
So, if you’d like to follow my lead and find yourself a last-minute, cheap as chips, easy-peasy and totally un-sexy Halloween outfit that no one else will have thought of (unless, you know, they’ve also read this), here are some suggestions…
1% phone battery
Is there any greater modern woe than finding yourself miles from a charger with only 1% battery? Of course there isn’t. Which is why 1% battery is the perfect Halloween look. Wear: head to toe black (could it BE any easier?), then simply top off with a 1% battery sign (which you can either print off or hand draw). I’d wear mine as a massive headdress (think flower headdress, but techie), but you could also stick it on your top. Easy peasy.
If you really have to go out dressed as an animal, may I suggest you go as one which has been run over? Because, well, this is Halloween after all. Smaller animals such as squirrels and hedgehogs work best for this. Simply wear the standard animal costume (fluffy tail, ears etc) and then accessorise with black tire marks and fake blood. Lots of fake blood.
Sadly lots of us will have encountered an internet troll at some point (boo), and while IRL you absolutely shouldn’t engage with them (it’s all about the block and reporting, peeps), as far as I know, there aren’t any rules against dressing up like one for Halloween.
Costume-wise, dress up like one of those Troll toys from the 90s (V topical, as the Troll movie starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake has just hit the screens), and jazz it up by pinning on some suitably spiteful comments. Oh, and obviously make sure to be extra loud and obnoxious all night.
I don’t know what they looked like, what they wore or even how it ended, but I know they totally deserve to be lambasted in the form of your 2016 Halloween outfit. Probably. Or if not, feel free to go as one of mine (tweet me for details)!
Period on white trousers/ skirt/ dress
Too far? I think not! As anyone who has ever experienced this doom will attest – it is the absolute worst. All you’ll need is some white clothing (which a quick trip to Primark or your local charity shop should sort) and some red food dye or fake blood. Best of all, it’ll freak out all the menfolk. Boom.
Last week Dr. Tamika Cross shared a post that has gone viral on Facebook about how she was prevented from helping a man who needed medical assistance on a flight in America.
She was on a Delta flight when a man two rows in front of her became “unresponsive”. The flight attendant asked over the loudspeaker if there were any physicians on board at which point Cross offered to help but was “continually cut off by condescending remarks” from the flight attendant.
Cross clarified that she was a doctor. The flight attendant seemed reluctant to believe her, asking where she worked and what she specialised in, even going so far as to ask to see her credentials.
Then, an older, white man appeared and offered up his services (without having to provide his credentials to the flight attendant) and the flight attendant gladly accepted it.
It’s unclear if the flight attendant had an issue believing Cross was a doctor because she was a woman or because she was black – or both! – but either way it’s wrong.
Understandably, Cross took to Facebook to air her grievances (who wouldn’t?) where her post has been shared a whopping 48,000 times!
We asked betty’s Dr. Yaz if she had ever experienced anything similar as a young, black doctor. Sadly, she responded:
I get mistaken for a nurse all the time, by porters, patient and even other doctors. I’ve even been asked to produce my qualifications by one patient on a night shift.
We’ll leave you with some advice from our ever-wonderful and wise Dr Yaz:
Keep fighting the good fight. People wouldn’t believe any women were doctors at one point. We had to pretend to be men, or face protests and bullying by male colleagues at medical school.
So, if you want to be a doctor, don’t let anyone stop you. Especially not a sexist, racist flight attendant. You totally got this.
posted October 14, 2016 by Lily @ betty
The week is finally (almost) over and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Half term is just around the corner, the iOS update is more fun than we thought and Taylor might be making all our dreams come true.
Here’s the betty weekly round-up of everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.
Happy Day of the Girl!
Tuesday 11 October was International Day of the Girl – a day where we all put our heads together and try work out how to make the world a little bit better for girls. We went along to Women of the World’s Day of the Girl Festival at the Southbank Centre where we saw some amazing speakers, including the brilliant Caitlin Moran. If you want to know more about the day, read our write-up here.
To mark the event, the Guardian made this amazing-but-incredibly-depressing video about how global inequality starts before girls are even born. Watch it, get angry and let’s try to make things for girls better by next year. Or even next week.
Laura Bates slays, as per usual
Following the outrageous footage that was released of Donald Trump making sexist and generally revolting comments about women, Laura Bates (the founder of the Everyday Sexism project and author of ‘Girl Up!‘) appeared on BBC Channel 4’s Today Programme and ended up teaching the male presenters a lesson about why what Trump said was DEFINITELY NOT, in no way ever, a compliment.
(Psst… we recently chatted with the wonderful Laura, watch this space over the next few weeks for our interview with her).
Brexit is causing more break-ups
British staples like Marmite and PG Tips were removed from Tesco’s website on Wednesday. It’s the first time consumers have been directly impacted by Brexit and the falling pound, as Tesco and Unilever are in the middle of a monumental row over pricing. Tesco has decided to stop stocking Unilever’s products until they kiss and make up, leading to panic up and down the country. It’s the supermarket equivalent of unfollowing your ex on social media, but with disastrous consequences for everyone’s afternoon tea.
Karen with the good hair
I complain almost every time I wash my hair. It’s boring and time consuming and then I have to blow-dry it which is also boring and time consuming. But when Karen Nyberg was in space in 2013, she made a series of videos explaining her beauty regime – and it turns out there’s something weirdly mesmerising about watching someone perform vaguely mundane tasks in zero gravity. Our new obsession.
Surprise! There might be a Swift release on the way!
If you have a working internet connection, you’ve probably heard that T. Swift is rumoured to be dropping a new album some time towards the end of this month. Specifically October 23rd. Where did this date come from? Well, almost all of her albums have been released in October in order to make the most of Christmas sales. Plus, surprise albums are really in right now (Bey was bae, of course). Taylor’s also playing a concert the night before in Texas (her first since December 2015) which her fans believe she might be using to launch her new album.
Fingers crossed! Come October 23rd, we just hope there isn’t a blank space.
iOS? More like iO-YES!
And in more best news ever, this week we discovered completely by accident that iOS 10.0.2 has a cool new feature. If you iMessage ‘Congrats!’ to someone, they’ll get an influx of confetti on their screen. Obviously we spent the next 15 minutes trying to work out what other animations we could find – so far we have ‘Happy Birthday!’ balloons and ‘Happy New Year’s Eve!’ fireworks. Let us know if you find any more!
Now go and congratulate all your friends for being awesome and watch the confetti fly…
Happy weekend, we’ll see you on Monday!
posted October 7, 2016 by Lily @ betty
Autumn is here which means leaves crunching underfoot, pumpkin spice lattes and our cosiest coats being pulled out from the back of our wardrobes.
But while we hibernate, the world has been busy. Find out what we’ve been reading, loving and doing this week at betty.
EU, we bid you adieu
The Tory party conference was this week and amongst many other things (reprimanding big companies that dodge tax, the NHS and dissing Labour) T. May announced that she would trigger article 50 (the one that kicks off the whole Brexit palaver) by March 2017. There are only five months left of our European love affair, so let’s make the most of it.
Zalfie turns four
Even though Brangelina are over, it doesn’t mean the end of true love for all of us. Zoe and Alfie celebrated their four year anniversary this week and he bought her the most beautiful bunch of flowers. Swoon.
The mother of 17-year-old Felix Alexander wrote an emotion open letteron the effects of bullying this week, after her son tragically took his own life. Felix was bullied all through high school, both physically and online. In the letter, his mum Lucy urged other young people to consider how they use social media and to be kind to one another, saying: “Be that one person prepared to stand up to unkindness. You will never regret being a good friend.” Let’s remember to take care of each other and if you need advice on bullying, check out the Childline website.
Solange Knowles drops her new album
Solange may be the lesser known of the Knowles sisters, but she is an incredible artist in her own right. Her new album, A Seat At The Table has some really important things to say about race relations in the US and around the world.
Over the rainbow
Sure, no one really uses pencils anymore… but maybe they should have a revival? These pencils look like a rainbow when you sharpen them, and surely we could all do with that bit of pure colourful happiness in our day.
The awesome Laura is the brains behind the Everyday Sexism project and one of the lead campaigners for Sex and Relationship Education in schools. We chatted to her this week, so keep an eye out for the video which will be up on our Youtube channel soon – and make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!
‘Scuse me mate
A butterfly photobombed a koala during a photoshoot at Symbio Wildlife Park in Australia. No, this is not a joke. Yes, it is adorable.
Watch the koala video at least twice and then go and enjoy your weekend!
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