Camelot, The Borgias, Game of Thrones: Failing Us, One Episode At A Time

I’ve been trying to articulate my feelings on women’s treatment in these three new shows that the fantasy geek in me is inevitably drawn to. Thank goodness for the internet:

The Dothraki
While I love fantasy novels, I’m a Black woman and I can’t help but get a little sad, that I always feel just a little bit out of place as a fan and reader. And not because we don’t show up. But because when we do, we are murderers, thieves, prostitutes. Or in other words, we are on the periphery, in the margins. And if I wanted that I would just watch the evening news.

Camelot, The Borgias, Game of Thrones: The Spectacle of Rape
And yet, apparently, the rape of delicate blonde women seems to be something that Starz, HBO and Showtime assume their viewers want to watch. The aesthetic of Camelot and Game of Thrones is particularly sickening – they give us rape with soft lighting.


One Response to Camelot, The Borgias, Game of Thrones: Failing Us, One Episode At A Time

  1. Jon says:

    Before you cast judgment on Game of Thrones as sexist, you really should read the source material. The series contains numerous heroines who overcome adversity to become icons. By the end of the first season of the show, for example, Daenarys will be a transformed character. Arya becomes a feminist icon if there ever was one, and you have yet to meet Brienne or see the evolution of Catelyn. Yes horrible things happen to women in Westeros, but horrible things happen to everyone, it is a gritty dark world where the aspirations of the noble are constantly undone by the machinations of the cynical. However, this only makes the characters all the more heroic when they succeed in spite of such adversity and this is true of both genders throughout the story.

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