Emma Watson is praised by some women for her outspoken support of feminism. Of course, she’s been derided by others for that exact same outspoken support, but that’s more a problem of–blah I have a bit of a head cold and I really don’t want to get into it, but it’s like super not a problem that she was born white (like totally not an issue!), but like not that super chill of her to have been born white and like because she’s successful it’s good that she supports feminism but why wasn’t she like not successful and still supporting feminism and being ignored because no one knew who she was because those voices matter too.
I highly suggest you never delve deep into the intricacies of the feminist movement. Just be like a nice dude who supports women however they wish to be supported.
But in doing so, how do you handle a first date? Is offering to pay “problematic.” Is assuming you should pay being too steeped in the gender roles of the previous generation? And most importantly, where the fuck is the server with that beer? I could really use a drink right now.
Well, feminist Emma Watson (who remember does not and is not allowed to speak for all feminists so take her words with a grain of salt) said it was okay to split the check! Whoop!
In an interview with Facebook for her new movement about getting men on board with feminism (which is also an issue because while men should support feminism, they don’t necessarily need to be outspoken feminists, because then men take the attention away from women), she had this to say about dates. Transcription via GQ:
Emma told the audience a dating anecdote to explain: “I once took a man out for dinner, I chose the place and I paid… and it was really awkward, it didn’t go down well! But the cool thing was we were both willing to have the conversation about why it was so uncomfortable.”
I assume in this particular incident it was uncomfortable because you may have made a billion dollars more than him, and he was confused. But, anyway, you can still pay, but don’t feel bad when women want to pay.
[She told her date] “I chose the restaurant this time because it’s my favorite restaurant, you can choose and pay next time. Or you can split it, or whatever! Whatever makes you both comfortable.”
She also says to still feel free to be chivalrous. You can watch the whole thing here, but remember, Emma Watson’s unique brand of Anglo-entitled feminism only speaks for Emma Watson! So don’t take this advice to heart!
It’s a confusing movement.
Also I probably shouldn’t have called her “Our Girl.” I doubt any feminist would be on board with my possessive tone I took there over a woman.