Maisie Williams Wants To Get Rid Of The Word 'Feminist'

"You are either a normal person or a sexist"


The Game of Thrones women go through a lot on-screen. Off-screen, they often say very sensible things.

This week it was the turn of Maisie Williams, who has spoken about feminism pretty eloquently before, to take another turn on the soapbox.


The 18-year-old actress has now revealed that she thinks our use of the word 'feminist' is problematic, but before you let out a big groan, we think she may have a point.

In a recent interview with Entertainment WeeklyWilliams claimed that when she first heard the word feminist, she didn't realise it was a label.

“I remember thinking, ‘Isn’t that just like everyone?'” she said.

“And then I realized everyone is not a feminist, unfortunately. 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.”


Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the hit series, went on to say that she sometimes felt nervous coming forwards with opinions.

“I sometimes really worry about speaking up about feminist subjects out of fear of being bashed by women on social media,” she said. “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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