March 03, 2016

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks cover Esquire UK (April 2016)

Subscribers' cover:

via pottershots


Article inside by the editor-in-chief and Emma:

Last summer, over tea for two in a London hotel — because that, readers, is how we rock 'n' roll — we began a conversation about women and men, our differences and similarities, what unites us and what divides us. We talked about friends and families, about situations at work and at home, and about how fevered and fraught the debate around gender equality has become.

It is, of course, one of the great conversations a woman and a man can have — well, OK, maybe not, but it beats the old do-you-come-here-often? routine — and we've been having it, in one form or another, since we were cavewomen and cavemen. (Cavepeople? Cavepersons? Gosh, it's a minefield, isn't it? Troglodytes?)

Actually, perhaps the truth is that women have been trying to have this conversation for millennia, and men have been ignoring them, or talking over them, or offering well-meant but ultimately unhelpful "logical" solutions before shoving off to the pub, leaving Ms Troglodyte to get on with the cooking, cleaning and child-rearing. You can see why she might have wanted to have a chat.

The idea behind HeForShe, Emma's initiative as a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, is to invite you (that is, men) to participate in the fight for gender equality. The idea behind Esquire is to entertain and inform you, and to alert you to interesting, exciting, meaningful developments in the culture. Of which there have been many, lately, concerning gender and sexuality, as you can hardly have failed to notice.

At that first meeting we agreed on plenty and disagreed on some. But it seemed to both of us that perhaps we could work on something together: a special section of Esquire devoted to a discussion of where we've been, as women and men, where we're at now and where we want to get to. Why should you care, given the fact that, well, you know… you're not a woman? (Unless, of course, you are.)

To us both, the answer to that is simple.

Do you have a mother? A sister? A wife? A daughter? A niece? Do you have women lovers, friends, colleagues?

Do you regard those people as second-class citizens, inferior to you, less deserving of opportunity, representation, remuneration, respect? (If you do, possibly this isn't the magazine, or the conversation, for you.)

Are you aware that at present, whether or not you believe in equality for women, it doesn't exist, even in the most liberal, progressive nations, corporations and organisations in the world? At work, at home and in the street, the women you love, the women you live with, the women you work with, eat with, drink with, sleep with, are less likely to be listened to, less likely to be promoted, less likely to be paid as well as you. They are more likely to be patronised, overlooked and objectified than you.

This is not your fault. But it is your problem. As all issues of human rights are your problem, if you are a human. (You are a human, correct?)

We have all inherited a situation in which women — as well as LGBT people, ethnic minorities, the disabled, old people, children — face discrimination every day. Pretty much everyone who is not an able-bodied, Caucasian, middle-class heterosexual Western male — and even some of those — is subject to some form of discrimination. It influences and affects every aspect of their lives, for the worse.

Do you know that you can help?

You don't have to give up your job, surrender your liberty, empty your bank account or never look at a pretty woman again. We're not asking you never to hold the door open, never to pay for dinner, or to forget how to unclasp a bra. You can still watch football, drink beer and spend too much money on trainers. So: chill.

We're not asking you to "check your privilege" — at least, not in those words — and you don't even have to call yourself a feminist. At the risk of being accused of "mansplaining" ourselves, this is not about men "rescuing" women. Women are not damsels in distress. It's also not about us convincing you that you would personally be better off in a world where women and men were treated equally. (Even though we think you would be.) What's in it for you, or for either of us, is not relevant to this. It's not about self-interest.

We're asking you to think not what gender equality can do for you, but what you can do for gender equality,

So what can you do?

At the most basic level, you can make yourself aware. Principally by talking to women — those closest to you especially — about their experiences of discrimination; take our words for it, they will have had plenty of experiences. Once you've recognized the problem, you can adjust your own behaviour, if necessary, in order to lessen it. (There's more information on how to do this in the magazine: available to buy from sophisticated newsstands now!)

Esquire, as you know, is a men's magazine, and proud of it. But it's not a boy's club; women have always played crucial roles at this magazine, and they continue to do so. Our fashion director is a woman. Our photo director is a woman. Our features editor is a woman. One of us is a woman. (It's Emma, FYI). We employ female writers, designers, sub editors, photographers and illustrators. Esquire's CEO is a woman. At one stage we had a woman editor, Rosie Boycott.

In America, Esquire has long championed great women writers: Martha Gellhorn, Nora Ephron, Joan Didion, Susan Orlean. Gloria Steinem got her start at Esquire. Simone de Beauvoir — Simone de Beauvoir! — wrote about Brigitte Bardot for Esquire. ("A saint would sell his soul to the devil merely to watch her dance…") This magazine has always been part of this conversation, and we see this issue in that tradition.

Before we go, a point of order: neither of us can remember who paid for that first pot of tea. But we do know we definitely didn't go Dutch. We might be weird, but we're not that weird.

The April issue of Esquire is out on Friday 4 March.


Thaïs said...

She looks so lovely :)

Anonymous said...

I love that she looks genuinely happy in these pics.

But her hair irks me a bit for a reason. The shape of it makes her head look too big for her body IMO.

Anonymous said...

Yes, She is pretty but I do not like her new hair, She seems have the head more big

Anonymous said...

Tom Hanks looks like he is not quite convinced, and EM is trying hard to convince the good man. (Body Language)

Anonymous said...

what do you think that this emma signed a sexual page for know yourself and gave sexual pleasure yourself?
freedom of opinion!!!
i would know your opinion :)

Vernita said...

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Amatsu said...

I took some attention to the BIG HEAD along time ago. Yeah, she has a big head, but still being a perfect woman.

Thaïs said...

I'd say she has a standard head but a tiny body (she's petite and very thin) which make her head look bigger. Especially here with her very simple outfit.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this interview!! This is great!

Thanks Eden! :)

Anonymous said...

A fan in imdb said that EW thinks subscribing to OMGYES to enhance her sex life is worth subscribing too. Don't these shanks keep anything private!?

Anonymous said...

Emma has say this:
“Call me a ‘diva’, call me a 'feminazi’, call me 'difficult’, call me a 'First World feminist’, call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens. Because it doesn’t just affect me, it affects all the other women who are in this with me, and it affects all the other men who are in this with me, too.” - Emma Watson for Esquire UK (April 2016)

Anonymous said...

The 'First World feminist’, Maisie Williams, actress of "Game of Thrones" said Emma is a First World feminist, and other people also has say this

Anonymous said...

Why do they have to tell us what they are wearing etc? Very tasteless. This isn't a damn fashion show.

Anonymous said...

“Call me a ‘diva’
Emma, sorry, but you are "diva"

Anonymous said...

Respect, to the sexual page, everyone's free to do with your life what you want but this is something very private, sexual lives of each one is very private, I do not understand because She said this when She says She wants to keep her private life, in private

Anonymous said...

OMGYES probably has paid her for saying that. 😄 This is how showbusiness works,that is how she can stay relevant. PR at its finest.

Unknown said...

About the website, i think she just want to tell women that it is okay if they want to do that.Why is it okay for men to subscribe to these kinda page but when women do it, the world explodes. This has nothing to do with her keeping her life private. This is her telling the world that you dont have to be embarrassed or feeling bad to do something that people think is taboo just because youre a woman. You people dont even get the idea, do you?

Anonymous said...

"You people don't even get the idea, do you?"

Of course not. Celebrity new or gossip sites, even good ones like this, tend to attract the lowest common denominator. Unfortunately, expecting anyone posting in the comments section to be able to think or make intelligent observations about society, rather than simple bug-like reactions, is asking far too much.

Anonymous said...

Hey anon, why are you here- that is a buzz, bug reaction

Anonymous said...

"This is how she can stay relevent."

Why not stay relevent with true talent?

Anonymous said...

The hair- the way it puffs in size does not fit to her delicate body. I thought though before that her head was to big for her body.

Anonymous said...

To OMGYES, see er imdb comments and to direct link to page- emma says she suscribed to improve her sex skills. Ver y direct for someone who wants her life to be private.

Anonymous said...

I read the comments and the news articles. She doesn't necessarily reveal anything too personal. She just says it's worth it, it's a great site, and it helps women with their sexuality.

It's not like she stood there and said "omgyes taught me how to finger myself and get a better orgasm!" its just a recommendation from one woman to many.

Anonymous said...

>She just says it's worth it, it's a great site, and it helps women with their sexuality.

How stupid do you need to be to not figure out how to pleasure YOURSELF, it's your fucking body. It's not like someone teaches men how to masturbate. Besides it's a shit site, there is a torrent floating around. Like 20 videos of 4 minutes where bunch of these random women talk about how THEY like to masturbate. How is that "research" in any way. It simply isn't. There is no research about it. It's just these people charge money for you to watch a 4 minute video of a woman talking about how SHE likes to masturbate. There is nothing technical about it. No research or techniques, just some random women masturbating. It's really really disappointing. I'm thinking she just read the description and bookmarked it for later without actually looking into it because if she did look into it she would know how shitty it really is.

Anonymous said...

It is a good promo for the site. I bet many stupid women signed up to this site just because Emma Watson said "it's worth it". It's not about her private life.It's promotion that is all.

Anonymous said...

yeah but she has enough money to buy that whole company 60 times over, they are a shitty start up, she probably hasn't even seen what they offer really because it's really stupid of her to share that shit if she knew how shitty it is. just search OMGYES on any torrent site and there it is. I'm not even kidding, short videos of women talking how they masturbate with few of those women actually demonstrating how they do it. And that's it. So stupid.

Anonymous said...

I think it becomes clear that one must be careful what one is willing to accept from any celebrity. These skanks are not the model for a healthy life. If you need masturbation to satisfy you...well...well...well. Psychologically unhealthy. Freu would have a few things to say about that. Why not a man?

Anonymous said...

I am embarrassed for emma.

Anonymous said...

is emma shown doing some mmm?

Anonymous said...

Emma did not show a high IQ supporting OMGYES- actually irresponsible. Q. is right-gotta be careful follwing these pink poodles