The rape culture in Game of Thrones is an insult to women and fans


courtesy of http://metro.co.uk

courtesy of http://metro.co.uk

I am not a feminist, at least not in the classical sense of the word but I owe it to mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers all over to speak out. It’s a sad day to be a GoT fan, it’s even sadder if you are a woman. We know Benioff and Weiss to be too bold and controversially rebellious with their adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire.

And we have been patient, digesting everything they’ve thrown at us (some unpalatable) from the unnecessary sexposition to incestual affairs to the Joffrey-Ros torture scene which is one of the most disturbing scenes to date.

But the two creators have now reached a certain level of grotesque vanity, sadistically represented by the gratuitous rape scenes in GoT. As much as we’d want to forget, we all remember Drogo raping Daenerys Targaryen in S1, Ser Jaime Lannister raping Cersei in S4 but the one that has enraged fans all over is last episode’s rape of Sansa Stark.

In the sixth episode of Season 5 titled Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken, Sansa is bent, bowed and broken in the most despicable way when she’s raped by her new husband Ramsay Bolton on their wedding night.

While GoT’s obsession with victimizing Sansa Stark is something we have forced ourselves to accept, this recent dehumanization was unnecessary and brutal, even by GoT’s standards.

Did GoT really need to rape Sansa Stark? We already know that Ramsay Bolton is a sociopath, far worse than the demented boy king Joffrey (may his soul NOT rest in peace). This alone is enough to summarize in succinct the hell that is Sansa’s new marriage.

Therefore, to add rape to her misfortunes is the most heinous mistake that the two creators could have made. Out of some sadistic misogynistic mentality, GoT has turned such a serious act as rape into a mere plot device where Benioff and Weiss can play around with on a whim.

And perhaps the most disturbing thing about these scenes is that they have nothing to do with A Song of Ice and Fire, and knowing Benioff and Weiss experimentation with extremities, we can only fear what is to come next.

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About sensoria300

I harness words, I thrive on them. I tell stories. I am dreamer, sometimes a poet but mostly I am a Game of Thrones fanatic. Lady Olenna, Lyanna Mormont and Arya Stark are my spirit animals.

Posted on May 19, 2015, in Film/TV and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I guess I can’t really say all that much concerning his because I’m not a GofT fan. It’s just not my thing. My hubby, who is a filmmaker on the other hand, loves the show. I never saw this episode, but I did see another part of an episode where the woman got raped. I thought it was horrible. However, my hubby says that what the writer is doing, is showing a reality of a barbaric culture from some time ago, and that he isn’t showing it as something good. On the contrary, he’s showing it as something despicable.
    But I guess I can’t really say too much on a personal note, as I haven’t seen it.

    • Hey stacilys, I think everybody appreciates the creative control that the two creators have brought to Martin’s work because their writing is what hooked us to GoT in the first place. But now, it’s like they just looking to shock the audience. Some of these scenes are despicable and unnecessary.

      • I hear you there. I haven’t been following it so I can’t really say much anyhow. But after reading your post, I decided to check it out on Youtube. It really does give one a bad feeling, doesn’t it. Soooooo sad. Soooooo cruel. And you’re probably right about the shock think. That’s really too bad

  2. I think this show is insulting and degrading to women. The language is despicable and the graphic violence god awful. I don’t know why it keeps on being renewed. When my husband watches it I leave the room. It nauseates me.

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