I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones, both the books and the HBO series, and the feminist caterwauling over the sexual violence (against women naturally) pleases me, because I presume they will stop watching now and leave this fantastic show to fans who aren’t trying to ram an ideology down either viewer or character throats.
Don’t like GOT? Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!
Let’s begin with just a bit of hypocrisy, shall we? Sansa Stark being “raped” on her wedding night is over the top, unacceptable sexual violence.
Theon Greyjoy being tortured, beaten, threatened with sodomy and having his penis cut off is just a bit of giggly fun! Tee hee!
I have to give props to commenter Scarlet Sebs Fever who has at least enough self-awareness to note that “if there was a detailed torture storyline with a woman anywhere close to what was going on with Theon I would’ve been turned off the show forever. And yet I’m not. Is this because I’m tired of women being hunted, raped, and killed in mass media or something deeper? I haven’t figured it out yet.”
Yes, the “something deeper” is that you are a clueless nitwit who swallowed the propaganda without the slightest inclination to check the facts. Women are hunted and killed in mass media? You mean mass media like video games? Oh, oops. Almost all men killed there. You mean popular TV shows? Mostly male victims. You mean movies? Yeah, those are mostly male victims, too. How about real life? I know you said media, Scarlet, but the reality, both digital and visceral, is that men are far more likely to be victims of violence, but you enjoy your giggles over Theon.
In terms of gender, males were more likely to become crime victims than were females, with 79% percent of all murder victims being male. Males were twice as likely to be carjacked as females.
Let’s talk for a moment over whether Sansa Stark really was raped. Sansa has long been my favorite character, and I believe she will win the Game of Thrones, one way or another. The Dragon Queen is very impressive, yes, yes, but it’s Sansa who knows how to play the game. This is a girl who has been repeatedly thrust into dangerous, wickedly complex political webs, and yet she always manages to escape unscathed. She has exquisite control over her actions and emotions and makes alliances that are clever and self-serving all the while appearing innocent, harmless and without agency. When Lord Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) takes her home to Winterfell, which is under the control of the Boltons, Sansa revolts, and tells Littlefinger he can’t make her marry Ramsey Bolton. Lord Baelish agrees, and instead tells Sansa he is giving her an opportunity to take full control of her life. To make choices that she can control. To take an active, aggressive role in her own life, rather than waiting for life to unfold.
In my opinion, Lord Baelish seriously underestimates Sansa, who has been in control of her own life for a very long time. No one gets to decide what choices are put to them, but everyone gets to decide how they will respond to those choices, and Sansa has done a spectacular job of responding with intelligence, foresight and strategy. Once she understands that marrying Ramsey Bolton will put her at the heart of the war for the North, Sansa makes her choice.
She consents to marry Ramsey Bolton. Does anyone seriously think Sansa doesn’t understand what the wedding night will entail?
She agrees anyways.
Sansa wasn’t raped on her wedding night. She knew exactly what she was in for and made her choice. Respect for Sansa as a person requires viewers to respect her choices, and even to applaud her courage. But feminists trip over the victim narrative, as usual. They can’t see Sansa as anything but a helpless little girl in the clutches of a man who uses his girlfriends to practice hunting skills, when he grows tired of them. Sansa’s deliberate choice becomes “rape” because feminist viewers refuse to accept that a woman can be brave, dedicated and committed to justice for her family and countrymen, and make sacrifices to get there.
Sansa’s sacrifice is to accept that sex with her husband isn’t going to be all that pleasant. She only has to look at Theon Greyjoy to know what Ramsey is capable of. She knows. I suspect Sansa will begin an effort to tame Ramsey into treating her more like Lady Stark, and given Sansa’s previous ability to effect the change she wants, I am optimistic! Sansa is no victim, but she knows how to play at being a Lady. This won’t end well for either Ramsey or the Boltons.
I’m glad the feminist hysterics, so bound by their victim narrative and so unwilling to respect women making hard choices, are having a hissy fit over Game of Thrones. Good. Go watch Mad Max. We don’t want you in our popular culture any more. Just keep in mind that the more you whine and complain and bitch and moan, the more you seal your own fate.
Winter is coming.
Lots of love,