The worst part to me about the Cersei/Jaime rape scene (well, one of the worst) is the way it is once AGAIN dichotomizing “Good Women” and “Bad Women” using Brienne and Cersei as models, respectively. (For past examples, look at ANYTHING THEY CHANGED WITH CATELYN IN SEASON 3.) Brienne is a Good Woman who is romantic but not sexual, kind, goodhearted, loyal but generally unambitious. Cersei is a Bad Woman. She is sexual, abrasive, greedy, ambitious, and she needs to be punished for that. Brienne deserves to be saved from rape by Jaime, and Cersei deserves to be raped by Jaime.
And the fact that D&D used rape as that Punishment, as the way to shape what constitutes a Good Woman is not only wholly misogynistic but it also utterly misunderstands the series altogether - Game of Thrones, if about anything, is about a lack of moral high ground and the way that moral complexity exists in everyone, even the “heroes.”
I’m very discouraged, not only because putting a non-canonical rape into a completely consensual relationship (that is based on the absence of rape) is repulsively misogynistic and harmful, but because it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of who the characters are and what the series is about. And I don’t know what will be worse - continuing with this ill-formed idea and perpetuating this godawful Brienne/Cersei Good Woman/Bad Woman dichotomy or ignoring it, and trivializing a horrifying, triggering scene for both characters and viewers.
Ultimately, what does the scene say about David & Dan’s relationship to the female characters, actors, and viewers of the show? Sonia Saraiya of the AV Club has an excellent piece about it here, but MAJOR trigger warnings for the comment section.
There’s something seriously wrong when a tv network believes that it’s audience would rather see Jaime Lannister rape Cersei instead of enjoying consensual sex with the woman he loves. HBO’s insistence on adding extra violence towards women in the series is truly disgusting.
AH so did you go to the library or something? cos i was starting to get worried
yeah i knew i wouldnt get any work done at a reasonable rate in the suite but i’m packing up and heading back now
i’m doing a research proposal/final paper on women in gaming (videogames, tabletop, and roleplaying) so if YOU ARE A WOMAN WHO PLAYS GAMES SHOOT ME AN ASK I WANNA ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IT WOULD REALLY HELP A LOT.
alright finished my final paper abstract for 70s hollywood (shocker its literally about women being awesome and men being failures [more specifically sexual failures using Bonnie & Clyde and McCabe & Mrs. Miller as evidence])
now i just gotta write two pages about japanese noise music and do a close analysis of a scene from woman under the influence and then i’m done for the week