I read A Game of Thrones almost two years ago when I was high on Vicodin after surgery. I liked it ok. I started reading the second one (whose title I can never remember) after the pain became manageable by over-the-counter drugs, and I couldn’t get in to it. I tried a few months later, and again, nothing.
So I started watching the show. The first season was ok. I love the Starks and Tyrion and anything to do with what’s going on beyond the wall and Daenerys. But holy hell that show is fucking misogynist! (I’m assuming the books are the same since from what I watched and what I saw, they were comparable.)
I can’t handle any more rape and torture and killing of babies and Theon trying to hook up with his sister and she just letting him to set him up for the embarrassment later of “dude, you fingered your sister.” Or actually, this is a world where incest is pretty much du jour. I’m not just talking about the Lannisters. There’s also something off with, oh I was supposed to marry your brother, but since he’s dead I’ll take my would-be brother-in-law. And then that guy beyond the wall who married all his daughters. And didn’t all the Targaryens marry each other? Looks like pretty arbitrary sexual boundaries or different standards for nobility versus the commoners, surprise surprise.
I can’t take any more of a world where yeah, women have a place at the table but are still so otherwise disrespected. I can’t even describe this. I can’t understand how the show can have such strong female characters–Arya, Catelyn, Daenerys, even Cersei– and still be so fucking misogynist. Maybe it’s like the world without feminism. The men understand that yes, some women are smart and strong, but haven’t quite grasped the fact that they aren’t the rarity that society tells them they are so it’s still ok to try to stick your hands down your sister’s pants. Presumably until you learn that she’s your sister and then therefore she’s one of the rare females that has a brain.
I just can’t handle it. Yeah, war is hell. The show brings up that the common people don’t give a shit who’s ruling them. Yeah. So it seems to be the story is just the nobles standing around in a circle jerk, and I don’t care.