Game of Thrones: The Most Feminist Show on TV

I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite a while, but I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. Please thank my busy life and a desire to get away from computers at 5 o’clock sharp! So here it goes…

I got into the Game of Thrones craze a little late. There had already been a couple of seasons by the time I got around to learning about The Starks and the Dyer Wolves, and the Khaleesi. Like most people, I was immediately hooked. Then the Wendy Davis memes started…

It wasn’t the first time I’d thought about just how feminist a show/book Game of Thrones is, but I did start to consider it more seriously. There are a lot of boobs in Game of Thrones, but there are also a lot of bad ass women. Some of them are evil, most of them are awesome… all of them are worth talking about. 

My favorite happens to be Arya. Not only is she a female, she’s a kid… and she’s one brave little broad. I haven’t read the books, and even if I had, I know that series isn’t done yet, but I’m guessing the Khaleesi — with her dragons, her army of former slaves, and her cool hair — turns out to be the uniting force. Most of the powerful men will probably end up dead.

There’s no Madonna-Whore complex going on in Westeross. This is a place filled with strong women, many of whom are sexy — some of whom are downright evil — and smart, and ready to kill (or be killed). Some of them are scheming, and some have a deep sense of loyalty — sometimes both of those things occur in the same person. They endure some pretty intense shit, and  they keep on moving. In the average chick lit novel, the main character would have to be on anti-depressants for years to overcome even one of the hardships of Lady Stark. There would be an entire book about when she found out her husband had fathered a son by another woman, never mind the paralyzed son, missing daughters, dead husband… And the “Red Wedding” would have involved 18 months of planning.

So the next time you’re having a bad day, ask yourself “What Would Khaleesi Do?” Unfortunately, the answer is probably, “Have her dragons destroy everyone” and that won’t be a feasible solution to your problems, but it may keep you from deciding to curl up on the couch with a tub of ice cream.

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