Every day women are reminded (in comment threads, mainly) that their haircuts, outfits, shoes, weight and beauty routines should be dictated by the nebulous, constantly shifting view of the collective 13-year-old straight male. Emma Watson, however, somehow managed to break free of her yoke and chop off her hair. Here’s what she has to say in the aftermath:

“Of course, men like long hair. There’s no two ways about it. The majority of the boys around me were like, ‘Why did you do that? That’s such an error.’ And I was like, ‘Well, honestly, I don’t really care what you think!’ I’ve never felt so confident as I did with short hair—I felt really good in my own skin.”

We’re kind of bummed by her insistence that “men like long hair,” but we’re happy she doesn’t care either way. Good thing she stopped short of bleaching it, though, because Miley Cyrus suffered quite a public shitstorm when she did the same.

See more photos over at Glamour.