Are you baffled by the love for Game of Thrones?
The fantasy drama has been an unqualified success for HBO, but even as it's entering the home stretch of its third season, not everybody is on board the Westerosi train. Take, for example, this Thrillist writer who insists that women hate Game of Thrones. Crazy as Mad King Aerys, right? Her points are so ridiculous, we're tempted to think this is supposed to be satire, except it's neither clever nor funny. Of course, this far more eloquent and learned New York Times writer offers a similar argument in her review of Game of Thrones when it first debuted.
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As bona fide women, TVGuide.com's Hanh Nguyen and Sadie Gennis (of the Game of Thrones By the Book chat series) would like to very respectfully discuss some of the biggest issues that the detractors have with the series.
Dear Game of Thrones haters,
We understand that Game of Thrones isn't for everyone, but we're disappointed by some of your arguments against our beloved HBO series. Here are seven points — one for each of the seven kingdoms of Westeros, seven gods, and yes, seven hells! — that we'd like to address:
1. It's not for women In this day and age, it feels very dated to hear that anything — except maybe Viagra and jock straps — are lost on women. True, this is not Sex and the City, but very little is on the current TV landscape, and we have broad tastes (you know, because we're broads). As far as female protagonists are concerned, just take your pick of some of the strongest depictions on TV. If Brienne or Arya are too tomboyish for your tastes, there is still the uber-feminine Cersei, Margaery, Catelyn and Daenerys. (You really can't get more beautifully bada-- than the Mother of Dragons.) And as women who, sadly enough, can relate to living in a patriarchal society (though thankfully not one as bad as Westeros), it's empowering to watch Game of Thrones' female characters, who are born with little to no power, defy social codes and assert their autonomy. As the show has proven time and time again, it's often the women who rule the men around them (and in some cases, the entire realm!) Even Game of Thrones' creator George R.R. Martin considers himself a feminist at heart, telling the Telegraph that though many fans might hate the female characters, he's happy "they hate them as people, because of things that they've done, not because the character is underdeveloped." Plus, the show has enough pretty people and pretty clothes to make even Carrie Bradshaw shriek in jealousy.