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To be getting fed up of female nudity in Game of Thrones ...

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samandi Wed 19-Mar-14 12:42:08

Up to mid season 3 so far. Are there any major female characters that have managed to keep their clothes on? It's getting on my nerves now and starting to ruin what is otherwise a really good show.

And have there actually been any penises on display?

samandi Wed 19-Mar-14 12:42:28

Hmm maybe this should've gone in Feminism.

ZenGardener Wed 19-Mar-14 12:42:49

Yes, Theon's!!

Northernlurker Wed 19-Mar-14 12:43:43

I don't really watch it but I did see an episode with a penis in plain view but I think it was being eaten by somebody.......

JumpingJackSprat Wed 19-Mar-14 12:45:06

Try reading the books then they are utter shite and extremely sexist and misogynistic. I cannot for the life of me see why is so popular.

Cactuar Wed 19-Mar-14 12:47:09

YANBU - I was saying this to DH just the other day as we have just finished watching Season 3. I think the problem is that so much of it is gratuitous and obviously only there for titillation. The books are not graphic in this way at all and it is a shame as there are so many strong female characters in it.

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 19-Mar-14 12:57:48

I haven't seen the tv version. Is it true there's a mysterious lack of female pubic hair?

JumpingJackSprat - they're popular because of George R. R. Martin's storytelling skill and his ability to create memorable characters but I am definitely rolling my eyes at the misogyny. A bunch of strong female characters doesn't make up for the relish with which the book creates a world where women are constantly bought and sold and raped. (Am halfway through the second book.)

Cactuar Wed 19-Mar-14 13:03:53

Yes but that is because it is set in what is essentially a fantasy medieval world which is inherently misogynistic and when women would have been bought and sold. I certainly don't get the impression that the author condones this and I think he writes with a great deal of sympathy towards the situations of his female characters - even Cersei - because of their lack of power.

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 19-Mar-14 13:05:52

You don't have to 'condone' something to use it to titillate your readers.

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 19-Mar-14 13:08:00

It's all massively eroticised. His sympathy is neither here nor there - he's still writing it in such a way that readers will get off on it, hence the ease with which it translates into a highly objectifying tv version.

MothershipG Wed 19-Mar-14 13:10:30

I agree, I love the books and enjoy the TV show, but getting really fed up of the totally gratuitous female nudity.

But it certainly isn't alone in this, it seems pretty much endemic in any U.S. TV show that isn't specifically aimed at the family market.

The pornification of TV?

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 19-Mar-14 13:14:16

I love this blog by Caroline Lawrence (author of the Roman mysteries) about what writers can learn from Game of Thrones.

KatnipEvergreen Wed 19-Mar-14 13:14:20

I thought the books were misogynistic at first and wasn't sure whether to read on after book one. Having read all the finished books now I'd say the world is misogynistic/patriarchal, rather like medieval Europe, with bells on (and dragons) but some of the female (and indeed male) characters are so fascinating/likeable that it kept me reading.

The TV version I think inevitably has to cut things out, but IMO it does ramp up the female nudity/lesbian/whore stuff much more than the books.

It hasn't been enough to put me off yet, but I have yet to watch series 3, let alone 4!

Cactuar Wed 19-Mar-14 13:15:02

I think we will have to agree to disagree Tunip smile - I am on my third read through and cannot think of any graphic sex scenes at all in the books and have certainly not found anything titillating.

KatnipEvergreen Wed 19-Mar-14 13:17:44

But it certainly isn't alone in this, it seems pretty much endemic in any U.S. TV show that isn't specifically aimed at the family market

I agree, which is why I don't bother with most of the binge viewing/boxset genre.

Vikings is a very good series with a 15 rating, no gratutitous stuff. Shows how many programmes could be done, IMO - just hold back a bit, we have imaginations! You couldn't make GoT true to the books without being an 18 though.

5Foot5 Wed 19-Mar-14 13:18:05

Are there any major female characters that have managed to keep their clothes on?

Arya Stark
Olenna Tyrrel (Matilda 's Grandma)

We are two episodes from the end of Season 3 and aiming to catch up in time for Season 4 to start. I haven't read the books and don't intend to, but I am thoroughly enjoying the TV series. I agree with Cactuar, although the created fantasy world is mysogonistic there are many good, strong female characters to enjoy

KatnipEvergreen Wed 19-Mar-14 13:18:52

There are some things which are alluded to in the GoT books which are writ raw on the screen in the TV version, certainly. But there is sex in the books!

KatnipEvergreen Wed 19-Mar-14 13:20:19

Also I'm glad the characters were aged for the TV version, what made me uncomfortable about the books is they were all, like, twelve. Or younger.

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 19-Mar-14 13:20:20

Happy to agree to disagree, Cactuar smile (The alternative would be word-by-word lit analysis of a sex scene in which I point at words and we disagree about their implications and I'm sure we all have better things to do with our time!)

(Speaking of which, I'm in awe of you reading them 3 times - I'm normally a fast reader but it's taking me forever and I'm going to have to leave the series as soon as I finish this one because it's stopping me from reading anything else and I need to stay on top of what's new in YA for work.)

Burren Wed 19-Mar-14 13:21:20

I haven't read the novels, and I only saw a few episodes of the TV series (I think the last one I saw involved Sean Bean sadly killing a dog after the little royal shit (Geoffrey? surely not?) claimed it attacked him), but DH and I were distracted from the various plotty bits of skulduggery by the numbers of female nipples bouncing about all over.

Also by musings about why all the sex appeared to be doggy-style (can't remember all instances, but Cersei and her kinky incestuous brother thing being spied on by incredible climbing child, and Blonde Barbie Girl bride having Dothraki (sp?) horse boy go at her suddenly from behind on their wedding night, which looked uncomfortable, not to say unconsensual) before she had to take sex lessons from some steamy slave type to manage to get horseman to try missionary...

Yes, absolutely pornification of TV, whereby a sprinkling of actual female characters who, like talk and plot and stuff, are supposed to outweigh female breasts and asses appearing in random scenes as if they were props.

hollyisalovelyname Wed 19-Mar-14 13:22:31

Katnip I'm watching Vikings. It's good but very gory.

treaclesoda Wed 19-Mar-14 13:22:57

I've never seen the tv programme but have read the first book. I viewed it the same way as Cactuar, that it was set in a medieval fantasy world and as such it would have been fairly implausible for the women to not be traded, treated as possessions and sexually exploited. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how strong some of the female characters were, I was half expecting them to be only incidental to the storylines.

TunipTheUnconquerable Wed 19-Mar-14 13:23:00

They all have names that are a bit like real ones but not quite, like Borrowers.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Wed 19-Mar-14 13:24:18

want to see some DONG

Sums it up nicely. Very NSFW though.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Wed 19-Mar-14 13:25:25

Oh FFS. Link fail.

dong song

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