Game of Thrones is awesome. I read the books when they first came out, and I endured George R. R. Martin’s sadistic streak in waiting five years to put out ‘A Feast For Crows’, which to be honest, wasn’t even that good. There were only a few people I could geek it out with during the dark times before the HBO series, so needless to say I was incredibly happy when everyone got into the show, and many read the books. It expanded on the number of social interactions I could have without getting a glassy eyed stare.
Game of Thrones Transcends Gender
My enthusiasm for the books and the series is the reason I feel compelled to rant about a benign article I read, WHY GIRLS HATE GAME OF THRONES. Also, after beginning to rant about it on a friend’s Facebook thread who brought the article to my attention, I promised to write about it, so it’s important that I keep that promise.
Game of Thrones ranks somewhere on the Girl Dislike scale between NASCAR and that National Geographic show where the guy sticks his hand in a catfish’s mouth.
My wife loves the Game of Thrones series. So did the Girl who posted the article, and a hoard of other females who echoed the same sentiment on the thread. Now this is not in and of itself a statistical analysis, but this article isn’t about science, it’s about the fact the premise of this article is stupid and in insult to woman.
The author of the article was kind enough to do a point by point break down to make it easy for me to respond to.
We hate gross things. Know what’s gross? Screwing your sibling.
First we should establish that we really means I. You’re not speaking on behalf of all woman. In saying that, I should probably mention that I’m not arguing that all woman like Game of Thrones, just that there’s nothing inherent about the series that turns them off the show. Now what’s this about hating gross things?
This takes the feminist movement back 100,000 years, to the time period that this series took place in, somewhere in Greenland I suspect. Woman squish spiders, fight in MMA matches, and serve in the armed forces. I should also point out they make damn good doctors and nurses and there’s plenty of blood and gore associated with that. Woman are tough; they may not have on average as much muscle mass as men, due to evolutionary reasons, but that has nothing to do with having a strong stomach.
Men don’t have to endure morning sickness, pregnancy, that whole monthly business, or childbirth. I would argue these life experiences give woman a unique perspective on dealing with gross. They’re also intelligent enough to understand that the screwing of the sibling is not exactly a high point of morality in the series, and is looked at with disgust by all in Westeros who come to learn about it.
It’s hard to follow. Brilliantly developed storylines are great, but whipping out a dry erase board and Venn diagrams to figure it all out isn’t our idea of a good time. Unless we’re talking about soap operas. Those are perfectly fine.
Hard to follow? Can you be any more condescending to woman? If men aren’t put off the show by the difficulty of following along with the plot, why would woman be? And soap operas, those are perfectly fine? If it makes you feel any better, think about Game of Thrones as a soap opera that doesn’t suck.
It reminds us of the kids that used to play magic cards in the cafeteria. And people who go to Renaissance festivals. Eating a giant drumstick and drinking out of a goblet is cool, just not every Sunday night for three months straight.
Why must you cast aspirations on kids that play magic cards in the cafeteria, and those that go to Renaissance festivals? Unfortunately in the last ten years I’ve only been to one Renaissance festival, which I attended with my wife, and from my observations there were just as many woman there as men. And eating giant drumsticks and drinking out of a goblet isn’t something you’d want to do every Sunday night for three months straight? Are you kidding me? Unless you’re a vegetarian, there’s no conceivable reason why this isn’t something you’d want to do.
It’s all naked chicks. In addition to the actual ladies of the night on the show, there seem to be a lot of…unofficial ladies of the night on the show. This is why guys love it, we get it, but we can do without seeing topless wenches in loin cloths.
The Woman Characters In Game of Thrones Are Awesome
Guys don’t watch Game of Thrones for the naked chicks. The internet supplies an abundance of that. There’s also plenty of half naked men in the show, and the eye candy and sheer wit of Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister should be enough to satiate any woman’s appetite.
Topless wenches? Perhaps you missed the fact that some of the most powerful and intriguing characters in the show are woman. Daenerys Targaryen is the Mother of Dragons. DRAGONS. Caitlin Stark, Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Lady Margaery, hell, even Cersei Lannister are all powerful and self confident woman. Even the ‘ladies of the night‘ are shown to have wit and strength beyond many of the male characters. This show is empowering to woman, it does not demean them.
Dudes get their hands chopped off. And their nipples. And their balls. Really? How is it that you guys like this again?
No, those circumstances are not in and of themselves reasons for liking the show. They do however help to portray what a dark and terrifying world and troubled age the series takes place in. The hand that’s chopped off gives rise to an excellent character transition for Jaime Lannister. The nipple that’s cut off highlights the inhumane discipline drilled into the Unsullied from infancy, and Varys’ balls having been chopped off is central to his character, and despite this societal loss of masculinity, he is a powerful force in his own right and heroic in his own regard.
To be fair, the author Renata Sellitti does nuance the argument at the end:
But most likely, if she doesn’t like Game of Thrones, it’s probably because she doesn’t watch it. Lots of women who watched the series from the beginning actually enjoy it. It’s the ones who piggyback for the occasional episode that hate it the hardest. Here’s how to convince her to give it a little Sunday night love:
- Tell us about the romantic crap. Yes, latch onto that one fraction of a second in that one episode that made her go “awwww.”
- Downplay the incest thing.
- Tell her about Sir Loras. Girls love gay guys.
- Assure her that Peter Dinklage’s character is a Boss (and don’t bring up the thing about his disproportionately big wang.)
Right, if she doesn’t watch it, that’s probably a good reason why she wouldn’t like it; or more probably, why she’d be indifferent to it. Profound insight right there. Then you go and dispel the entire reason for the article by pointing out that lots of woman who watch the series from the beginning to the end – the way you’re meant to watch a series – actually enjoy it.
I’m not going to break down those four little trinkets of wisdom you supply in how to coax her into watching the show, since I feel I’ve probably done a fair job of that already in my above rant. There is one thing I applaud you on, Renata, which is pointing out that Peter Dinklage’s character is a Boss, though why you would assume a guy is going to mention how big of a wang he has is beyond me. This just doesn’t seem like a logical thing for a guy to mention to his girlfriend, and if they did, who cares.
I love Game of Thrones.