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Why Do Women Have To ‘Clarify’ Their Plans To Get Married Even In 2021?

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Emma Watson engagement rumours is a proof that women still have to ‘clarify’ their marriage plans because if they don’t, people end up making assumptions.

On Tuesday, Hollywood actor Emma Watson took to her twitter handle to put an end to the rumours of her engagement and ‘dormant career’. She said that these were just ways to ‘create clicks’. If there is any news, she will herself inform her fans. Until then, they can assume her to be spending the pandemic just like everyone is. But why does she have to do this at all? Why does the media at all spread fake news about a woman’s personal and professional life?

Emma Watson engagement rumours

What happened with Watson has compelled us to think yet another time how the media loves to draw the attention of netizens towards non existent events. Earlier, there was news of the Harry Potter fame retiring from films, to which her manager Jason Weinberg replied, “Emma’s social media accounts are dormant but her career isn’t”. This is another example of how we believe whatever we hear even when we are unsure of its authenticity.

Why are we quick to assume a woman’s hiatus from her career as its end and why do we relate it to her marriage?

Watson has always been an outspoken woman. The actor-activist spoke about being “self-partnered” in 2019. At the same time, she also confessed going on dates. As a woman, she believes in stating the truth the way it is without any diplomacy. Therefore, can we just wait for her to make an official announcement about her life decisions as and when she is comfortable?

Watson might have been off the screen for some time but does that in any way mean that she has given up her career and is planning to ‘get settled’? Why is it so easy for us to believe that a woman is engaged just because we see her wearing a ring when she is with her partner? Why do we spend time looking for authentic sources to confirm a news? It’s time we stop looking at women as people who are waiting to give up their careers and get married.

A marriage is a choice a woman makes when she is ready. Moreover, it’s a decision that she would not want to keep private if she is truly happy. So the day, Emma decides to tie the knot, she will inform you dear fans. Until then, please stop thinking that she is “retiring” and “starting a family”.

Also, maybe she’s just trying to sharpening her bakery skills by learning to make sourdough at home. Ceck out this tweet by the ideas editor at SheThePeople,  Yamini Pustake Bhalerao.

Watson is not the first one to face this

It’s not only Emma Watson who has had to face rumours about her personal and professional life. There have been several incidents similar to Emma Watson engagement rumours earlier. A fine example would be the news around Jennifer Aniston’s pregnancy. This has not happened once but multiple times. Talking about it, Aniston said, “I am not pregnant, what I am is fed up. We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies”.

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Views expressed are author’s own