Emma Watson is currently taking a break from acting to focus on her own personal development and social issues, but the actress is still getting real about gender equality in the new issue of Esquire. She opened up about the sexism that she's faced, which doesn't differ that much from the sexism other women face every day.

"I've had my [butt] slapped as I've left a room. I've felt scared walking home. I've had people following me. I don't talk about these experiences much, because coming from me they'll sound like a huge deal and I don't want this to be about me, but most women I know have experienced it and worse…this is unfortunately how it is," she said.

"It's so much more pervasive than we acknowledge. It shouldn't be an acceptable fact of life that women should be afraid."

Exactly! No girl should feel scared to just exist, as a person — and it's good that Emma is speaking up about this.


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