Maisie Williams “You’re either a normal person or a sexist”; A rebuttal.
Entertainment Weekly article in question here.
Starting off what brought her to say this.
Any thoughts on that Thrones feminism debate? I don’t think I’ve seen you asked about that before…
I got asked in one of my first interviews: “Is Arya a feminist?” I didn’t even know what a feminist was.
It is hard to believe anyone in the western world with the information we’re given each day on the internet, Twitter in particular, hasn’t heard of what a Feminist was.
You were like 12!
And then someone explained it to me. And I remember thinking, “Isn’t that just like everyone?”
An Individual can hold to believe in the ideal(s) of creating a society of which Women are given equal rights of that to Men & not be labeled for it, and to be fair here, Women are given many more rights than us men do in the Western World.
Maisie continues on saying….
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.
The cognitive dissonance here is astounding.
“Start calling people who aren’t feminist “sexist” — and then everyone else is just a human”… So everyone who isn’t a feminist must be lower than scum?
Highly condescending & patronizing to imply anyone who isn’t a feminist must not be a human — and they [feminists] wonder why not everyone labels themselves a Feminist.
Then Maisie lead’s us to the quote in question…
You are either a normal person or a sexist. — Maisie Williams.
I’m not so annoyed by the line “Or a Sexist” & I’ll explain why here.
Philosophically, what is a “normal person”? What you find normal, I may find weird & vice-versa, for example: “I like dipping my toast in Ketchup with my breakfast — isn’t that what everyone does?”.
Does this imply anyone who isn’t a Feminist is otherwise just not human?
You as the reader would be infuriated if someone were to consider you not a human — simply because you do not adhere to their belief’s; Awfully resounding, hearkening the days of when not believing in a God meant being an immoral sinful person.
To further point out, If we were to apply the phrasing “Normal Person” to what meets the criteria of being a flawed human being realistically speaking of course, suggests that we can be sexist, therefore we as a species aren’t perfect — furthermore demolishing Maisie William’s argument that “You’re either a Normal Person or a sexist”.
To suggest if we do not adhere to a set principles of ideals or morals, we aren’t normal can be divisive & alienate other’s.
In Maisie William’s defense she does add that…
People get a label when they’re bad. Because it works the other way, as well. A lot of men have it hard too.
Which she isn’t wrong there. People do get labeled when they’re bad — or accused of “wrong-think”, because it does indeed work the other way around as she says, and that Men do have it hard too.
She goes on talking about the show [Game of Thrones] dark themes in the rest of that following question.
This though caught my eye.
Maybe I just have to get a backbone. I’m going to say this in this interview, but I wouldn’t say it with anyone else: 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.
And Maisie isn’t wrong here either — out of the majority, it is particularly other females who are just as nasty towards each other on the internet, especially on Twitter & if you aren’t being a feminist ‘right enough’ or correctly, you’re going to be ridiculed far more harshly for it.
That is what comes with being labeled a Feminist, & the unfortunate part is, many do not deserve back lash for simply going by the textbook definition.
Yet we see this time & time again when it isn’t just non-feminists, by the majority — it is other Feminist’s; The Male ones are the most damaging, if not the sexist of them all.
For example quickly, Emma Watson who has taken a year off from Acting to focus on exploring & discovering feminism, has been ridiculed for airing in a Skin lightening product commercial — by whom you ask? by other self proclaimed Feminists.
To conclude, is Maisie William’s statement deserving of valid criticism? Yes. Undoubtedly so — yet allow yourself to examine the thought perhaps she is put on trial with a gun (figuratively speaking) pointed at her head — and that if she were to stand against it, her career would be threatened.