Emma Watson on Feminism: 'All We're Here to Do Is Give You A Choice'

Emma for president.

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Even if your arms are getting sore from giving round after round of applause to Emma Watson, don't stop just yet.

For the December issue of ELLE UK (opens in new tab)—the magazine's inaugural feminism issue—editor in chief Lorraine Candy interviewed (opens in new tab) the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, who continues to be endearing, levelheaded, and an excellent representative of feminists everywhere.

"I was very nervous," the 24-year-old said of delivering thespeech (opens in new tab) heard 'round the world. "It wasn't an easy thing for me to do. It felt like: 'Am I going to have lunch with these people, or am I going to be eaten? Am I the lunch?'" (The sign of a consummate professional: You can't tell (opens in new tab) she's got stage fright at all!)

The actress-activist also provided another explanation of feminism that's just as bang-on as the previous one re: man-hating (opens in new tab).

"Feminism is not here to dictate to you," she said. "It's not prescriptive, it's not dogmatic. All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for president, you can. If you don't, that's wonderful too."

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Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.