Game of Thrones Star against the term ‘Feminism’

Young Actress; 18-year-old Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones has spoken out about the terms ‘Feminism’ or ‘Feminist’ in a recent interview.

Feminism LogoMaisie stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she does not like to use the terms ‘Feminism’ or ‘Feminist’ to describe equality between the sexes and would have it abandoned.

In the interview Williams explains she did not know what the word ‘feminism’ meant when she auditioned (She was 12) for Game of Thrones. When the term was explained to her Williams said “And I remember thinking, “Isn’t that just like everyone?” And then I realized everyone is not a feminist, unfortunately.”

Williams then goes on to say in the Article:

“But I also feel like we should stop calling feminists “feminists” and just start calling people who aren’t feminist “sexist” – and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist.”

Game of Thrones as a show is renowned for its controversial tendencies, and has come under both fire and praise for the representation of women in the show. While some insist the show provides a progressive and well-rounded view of the ‘real’ woman and her capabilities, others point out that the show overuses nude scenes of women, while the men tend to keep their bodies at least partly concealed.

George R. R. Martin, writer of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire which the series is based around had an interview with Strombo where an interviewer said: “There’s one thing that’s interesting about your books. I noticed that you write women really well and really different – where does that come from?”

To which Martin simply replied: “You know… I’ve always considered women to be people.”

This article is accredited to Ellie Bridger

About the author

Eleanor Bridger is a writer from Rayleigh, Essex who was born on 5th December 1995. She is in her second year of completing a BA honours degree in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester - where she also serves as CW Student Representative for her year.

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