Sunday, April 27, 2014

'Game of Thrones' Rape Scene

I'm not a "Game of Thrones" fan, but I caught the replays of one of last week's episodes, which includes a pretty intense rape scene in it.

So I looked it up, and Reason has this, "Game of Thrones Rape Scene Provokes Mixed Messages From Feminists: The latest episode of Game of Thrones has touched off a raging debate that reveals cracks in feminist dogma about 'rape culture'":
Game of Thrones—the hit HBO series now in its fourth season and based on George R.R. Martin’s pseudo-medieval fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire—is big news. Every episode generates not only a tsunami of fan reaction but intense discussions by bloggers and journalists; the death of sadistic boy-king Joffrey may have made more headlines than Russia's attempted takeover of Eastern Ukraine. And now, the latest episode has touched off a raging debate that goes beyond the show itself to a very current real–life issue: defining rape and consent. (The New Republic alone had two online articles on the subject.) But this controversy has revealed a fascinating fact: A lot of feminists who rail against "rape culture" don’t actually practice the black-and-white, yes-or-no dogma that they preach—not even with regard to fiction...

I'm just observing this from the sidelines. Like I said, I saw that show and thought that all the screams of "stop!" should have triggered some kind of feminist reaction, or something.

But it's not so simple, it turns out. Especially for radical feminists who like "Game of Thrones," lol.

Keep reading.