Emma Watson believes boys should start looking up to female heroes â and itâs not just because she plays the heroine in Disneyâs live-action âBeauty and the Beast.â
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 26-year-old actress explained why boys have trouble accepting women as heroes.
âItâs something that they are not used to and they donât like that,â she explained. âAnything that deviates from the norm is difficult to accept.â
She then added: âWomen are great at [relating to male heroes]. We see whoever is on screen and we recognize the human qualities in the man that we relate to and thereâs not such a gap, but for some reason thereâs some kind of barrier there where [men] are like, âI donât want to relate to a girl. I donât want to, I donât want that,â which I think is inherently part of the problem.â
Watson is right. Girls have no problem looking up to male heroes, such as Han Solo or Superman, and proof of that is everywhere, especially at Halloween. On Reddit, there are also countless other examples, such as when one parent posted a photo of their twin girlsâ âHulk Princessâ cake.
Unfortunately, boys arenât as accepting of female leads, likely because being a girl or acting like a girl has always been viewed as inferior and emasculating.
Speaking to EW, Watson explained why this is a problem.
â[Itâs] a shame because I feel like we need to live in a culture that values and respects and looks up to and idolizes women as much as men,â she said. âI hope that â I think â thatâs starting to slowly change, but it is something that does actively need to be addressed.â
Watsonâs views are not surprising as she has always been a strong advocate of feminism. Not only is the actress an ambassador for UN Women, but she helped start the HeForShe campaign, whose goal is to âgalvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality.â