‘Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits’

Emma Watson has represented for us all, proof that our Hogwarts letter was just lost in the post. Her superb eloquence in the face of sexism befits a girl who lives in the library and battles death eaters in her spare time.

“Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women”

 “Bloody hell” we thought, in Ron Weasley-esque fashion, as we reflected on the many similarly eloquent come backs we had come up with … two or three hours after the debate had finished.

Her kindness and openness to reveal her own experience while paving the way for women to voice their own, is equally befitting of a princess who sacrifices her freedom to save the Beast.

It was therefore with ‘deepest pride and greatest pleasure’ that we learnt that Emma was the winner of the first gender-neutral prize at the MTV TV & Movie Awards.

 

“Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits. This is very meaningful to me.”

While it comes as no shock to me that the Disney princesses are role models to young women it is fantastic to hear that Disney are taking this responsibility seriously. The Disney film’s director, Bill Condon, said: “Thank you to the audience who embraced this movie so much but especially to the women because women are proving that they are a huge and powerful audience and that’s going to change the movie business.”

But Disney wasn’t alone in creating strong female characters; Millie Bobby Brown also took away the trophy for best actor in television. She said in her acceptance speech: “Lastly I want to thank the Duffer brothers because they have created a badass, female, iconic character that I’ve got the honor to play.”

 – musings of an LSE Graduate