One HBO Star Dares to Criticize Feminism

Not every HBO woman is one of Lena Dunham's girls. Seventeen-year-old Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams made a brilliant observation about contemporary feminism in a recent interview:

We talk about actor Emma Watson’s recent UN speech, in which she talked about her reasons for becoming a feminist, and the need for men to be onside; Williams says she is impatient with this kind of “first-world feminism”. “A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, ‘that doesn’t bother me’. I know things aren’t perfect for women in the UK and in America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse.”

That infuriated Salon's Jenny Kutner:

Self-identified feminist or not, Williams appears to have fallen into a trap of, well, totally taking for granted the gains western feminism has made. The assertion that the inequalities that persist in the UK and United States “don’t bother her” is a milder version of women against feminism rejecting the progress wrought by the women’s movement only as they bask in it.

Kutner then lists a series of first-world feminist issues that Williams and feminists everywhere are obviously required to care about: "pay inequality" (myth), "restricted reproductive healthcare access" (myth), "rape culture" (BIG myth, BIG - like Rolling Stone big) and "institutional sexism" (that creates a hostile environment for men as much, if not moreso, than women). She then  uses her own big, white, first-world feminist journo privilege to paint Williams's honest observation about the inequalities within the women's movement as an example of that ugly buzzword "privilege":