Over the past few years, actress Emma Watson has been the voice of reason when it comes to women’s rights, and now she is speaking up again in hopes to pave the way for female heroes in films.
Watson has been on the move for her press tour to promote the live-action Beauty and the Beast film, but that doesn't mean she is only talking about the film. Notoriously known for being the spokesperson for women, Emma opened about the sad truth that men are resistant to women being the hero in movies.
"It's something that they are not used to and they don't like that," Watson said during her interview with Entertainment Weekly. "Anything that deviates from the norm is difficult to accept. I thnk if you've been used to watching characters that look like, sound like, think like you and then you see someone up on the screen and you go, 'Well, that's a girl, she doesn't look like me. I want it to look like me so that I can project myself onto the character.'"
People may disagree with this statement, but according to Watson, the idea of identity transference is something that comes much easier to women. "[We] see whoever is on screen and we recognize the human qualities in the man that we relate to and there's not such a gap," she said. "But for some reason, there's some kind of barrier there where [men] are like, 'I don't want to relate to a girl. I don't want to, I don't want that,' which I think, is inherently part of the problem."
It's no secret that there is a systematic problem with advertising excessive masculinity to boys and men, making it much harder for them to relate to their female counterparts. With change happening all around us each and every day, it's time to live in a society where men and women are given the same amount of respect.