I know it’s Summer and most of us are off enjoying the season. I’ve been ruminating on what direction I want to take next. If you’ve been following me on Youtube you’d know I’ve started to do videos again, mainly on the transborg. As soon as I started reporting the crimes by transMALES against women in short videos, I started getting strikes on my account. I even had one video removed for ‘violation of privacy’ even though the entire story of this man in a dress was all over the news. I’ve never violated anyone’s privacy and don’t intend to.
So I was thinking to myself ‘what next?’ and I’ve decided to attempt a feminist analysis of HBO’s Game of Thrones. This is a big undertaking for me because my computer is bursting its memory and my OS is so old that all programs I try to download to assist me will not work on such an old OS. Even my browser has stopped updating programs.
I’ve been a fan of Game of Thrones since a friend told me I had to watch it. I played catch-up at the end of Season 1 and was instantly hooked. I downloaded the original books ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George RR Martin and read those as well. Martin is not finished with the books so we’re all awaiting the final parts but HBO has done a remarkable job in bringing his books to life.
The books are far different than HBO’s interpretation of them, especially when it comes to portraying women. HBO’s gratuitous female nudity and sex scenes are all over the top, and that’s where I come in.
In Season 1, a main female protagonist Danerys Targaryen is married off to a Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo. In the books, their wedding night is portrayed as somewhat awkward (since they can’t understand each other’s language), yet tender. HBO took that scene and portrayed it as a rape with Danerys sobbing as Khal bent her over doggy-style and penetrated her on a beach. HBO has pornified Game of Thrones to the Nth degree.
A great story like A Song of Ice and Fire doesn’t require pornification. Maybe HBO thinks today’s young men won’t watch otherwise? HBO’s translation is definitely a sign of the times, epecially because scientists who want to study porn addiction can’t find a single male who doesn’t masturbate to it.
For the rest of us, you know, the 51% of the population that doesn’t enjoy male sexual violence against women, Game of Thrones leaves us with a sour taste in our mouths. Every episode is a reminder of our sexual objectification. Our collective subordinate status hasn’t changed much since medieval times.
HBO is about to complete the 6th season of Game of Thrones and plans have already been made for the 7th. I’ll be doing a video on each episode, critiquing it with a radical feminist eye. Each season contains 10 episodes so this will be a very long project. If you would like to help me please donate to the cause.
My first video will appear in September.