Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has penned a moving essay on feminism for Huffington Post UK. In the write up, she talks about her feminist upbringing, the days when she feels like a ‘guilty feminist’, how she is targeted differently by the media for being a woman and why she doesn’t feel the need to justify herself on the Game of Thrones nude scenes.
Emilia, who plays the powerful Queen Daenerys Targaryen on the show, says she ‘grew up with a voice’. “It was a recognised matter of fact that I, as a woman, was no different to my brother. Just as my mum was no different from my father in their careers, therefore I was raised in an equal earning, equally managed household that showed me anything a man could do, a woman could and should do too,” she wrote. Emilia even mentioned how the Women’s March around the world on January 21 gave ‘us all the lead to see what we can do to make this a change that’s here to stay.’
Talking about her treatment at press junkets, she said she is often asked inciting questions by the media that her male co-stars are not subjected to. “Do I get treated equally at work? Not always. Does every woman? No, and the statistics back that up. Do I get asked questions at press junkets by men and women alike, specifically because they will get headline grabbing responses coming from a young woman? Yes,” she said.
Emilia, who was voted the sexiest woman alive by Esquire magazine in 2015, also talked about her popular show Game of Thrones. “If you’ve watched Game of Thrones then, spoiler, you will have seen me in the nude. There are plenty of ways in which people want me to respond to questions about this fact. And plenty of reasons why I do not feel the need to justify myself,” she added.
You can read the entire essay on Huffington Post UK.
Game of Thrones returns with season 7 on July 17.
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