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Maisie Williams Logic for Eliminating the Word 'Feminist' Produces More Honest Assessments

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | April 6, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | April 6, 2016 |

Some people don’t like labels, even if those labels are positive, like the word “feminist.” Sure, it’s a label with which most rational, kind people can associate, but there’s a world of idiots out there who think “feminism” is a bad word.

Fuck them. But also, why not flip it around and instead label people who aren’t feminists, because feminism should be the norm.

That’s Maisie Williams’ logic.

I got asked in one of my first interviews: “Is Arya a feminist?” I didn’t even know what a feminist was … And then someone explained it to me. And I remember thinking, “Isn’t that just like everyone?” 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. People get a label when they’re bad. Because it works the other way, as well.

I like it. So, instead of asking, say, Madonna or Carrie Underwood if they are feminists, and having them respond, “No, there’s a negative connotation to that,” or, “I’m not a feminist. I’m a humanist,” you simply ask, “Are you a sexist?”

Let’s try it on Jeremy Renner:

Example #1:

— “Jeremy, are you a feminist?”

“I don’t know. I don’t really like to be labeled.”

— “Do you think that women should be paid the same as men?”

“That’s not my job. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that.”

— “That’s not a very feminist answer.”

“Well, I guess I’m not a feminist, then.”

— OK, fine. And that’s OK with you if you’re not thought of as a feminist?”

“Yup. Don’t care.”

Example #2

— “Jeremy, are you a sexist?”

“No, of course not!”

— “Oh, so you believe that it is your responsibility to reveal to your female co-stars how much you are paid so that they can negotiate accordingly?”

“Well, no. That’s not my job. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that.”

— “Oh, so you are a sexist?”

“What? No!”

— “Well, if you don’t believe that men and women should be treated equally, then that makes you a sexist.”

“I didn’t say that men and women shouldn’t be treated equally. I just said that it’s not my job to ensure that they are treated equally.”

— “So, you don’t really care?”

“I didn’t say that, I just said that it’s not my job.”

— “OK sexist.”

“Stop calling me that.”

— “But that’s what you are.”

“No, I’m not!”

— “If you’re not a feminist, then that makes you a sexist.”

“Fuck you!”

— “Right back at you, sexist.”

via EW

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