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Maisie Williams’ Reason for Not Liking the Term ‘Feminist’ Is Not What You’d Expect

Maisie Williams, better known as Game of Thrones' Arya Stark, recently spoke on the subject of feminism. "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,” she said.


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The 18-year-old actor explained that when she first heard of the word feminist, she didn’t understand why it was used as a label. “I remember thinking, ‘Isn’t that just like everyone?' And then I realized everyone is not a feminist, unfortunately.”

Williams also confessed that she has flinched at the idea of openly voicing her beliefs on the subject on certain occasions. “I sometimes really worry about speaking up about feminist subjects out of fear of being bashed by women on social media. And there’s something not right there. Yeah, sometimes it’s men too. But there are women who are just nasty. I’m trying to do the best I can. I got a voice. I believe in equality and I know I have more power than the average person to reach people. And I just get petrified in case people are rude. You don’t want to put yourself through that.”


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