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:
— “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.”
— “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?”
— “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.”
— “Right back at you, sexist.”