On Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen has developed into a fierce leader willing to fight for what she believes is rightfully hers. In real life, Emilia Clarke, the actress who plays Targaryen, uses her platform to fight for equality. In honor of International Women’s Day, Clarke guest-edited a special women-focused edition of The Huffington Post UK, which includes an essay she wrote called “The New Sexy.”

In the essay, Clarke talks about her frequent nude scenes on the show, saying, “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.” (Side note to anyone out there who is giving this beautiful woman a hard time for her nude scenes: You are doing life wrong.)

The actress prefers to focus on the importance of standing up for other women, although she admits feeling like a guilty feminist at times. She says she asks herself, “What am I actually doing every day to stand up for women’s rights? My personal experiences, and my understanding of the bigger issues of inequality, aren’t enough. What can I take part in, against hate and oppression, to ensure that the women’s movement continues, and strengthens and grows?”

She urges readers to consider how they interact with others on a daily basis, and seek out ways to combat hate with kindness. “Kindness. I know, It’s a pretty un-cool word isn’t it? But its results are cool. They are immediate and they are real. One act of kindness can take your day from bearable to enjoyable in a heartbeat. Because being kind is showing someone that they are seen and heard, and that they do indeed matter. And that’s sexy.”

Don’t you just want to hug her? Here are a few Instagrams that’ll make that feeling even stronger:

Fact: this teddy bear barks. #shelookscuteashellbutisarealhellraiser #thedogsnotbadeither

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