Emma Watson describes “fascination” with kink culture and recalls backlash to saying self-partnered



Emma Watson is opening up about her views on relationships. In an interview with Valerie Hudson for Teen Vogue, the 29-year-old actress discussed how she believes communication and consent play a role in great relationships. “A lot of the healthiest relationships I’ve seen have been between same-sex couples because, I think, they have to sit down and agree [on] things,” she says. “They agree [on] things between them as opposed to [accepting] certain sets of assumptions and expectations that are made.”

“I’ve also kind of become slightly fascinated by kink culture because they are the best communicators ever. They know all about consent,”
Watson continues. “They smash that stuff because they really have to get it -- but we could all use those models; they’re actually really helpful models.”

Watson also discussed the criticism she faced after describing herself as “self-partnered” in an interview last November.

"I did an interview with Vogue magazine a couple of months ago, and I talked about how, in the run-up to my 30s, [I felt] this incredible, sudden anxiety and pressure that I had to be married or have a baby or [be] moving into a house. And there was no word for this kind of subliminal messaging and anxiety and pressure that I felt building up but couldn’t really name, so I used the word self-partnered. For me it wasn’t so much about coining a word; it was more that I needed to create a definition for something that I didn’t feel there was language for. And it was interesting because it really riled some people up! It was less for me about the word but more about what it meant — just this idea that we need to reclaim language and space in order to express ourselves, because sometimes it’s really not there.”

You can read her full interview with Teen Vogue here.

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