Monthly Archives: August 2013

Game of Thrones is NOT Sexist!

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Anyone who knows me and/or reads my blog knows that I despise people who find racism and/or sexism in everything they see. I find it absolutely ridiculous, and in all honesty, the practice itself is far more racist/sexist than the things it claims to be are.

Now, I am a huge fan of a Song of Ice and Fire (AKA Game of Thrones). But alas, even the genius that is George RR Martin cannot escape the scrutiny of those crazy ism-hunters. I have heard people say it is racist for depicting the foreigners as savages. I have heard people say it is sexist for depicting the women as inferior, or the badass women as ugly or plain (which apparently implies that ‘real’ women can’t be badass). Well to them I say “Pf! Stop picking and choosing things to pay attention to that fit your obsession with discrimination, and start appreciating the series as a whole, for what it is.

A Song of Ice and Fire is set in an alternate world, in a time period much like the Medieval era on Earth. And it’s a fairly well-known fact that women weren’t treated as men’s equals in the past. They were basically men’s property, and they certainly didn’t have the same career opportunities as women do now. So why should a fictional story set in a land similar to that era depict women as though they were from the 21st century? Hello? Anyone? I take it you’re all coming up blank right about now? Eeexactly. It shouldn’t. Although… A Song of Ice and Fire actually treats its women pretty damn well for that era. We’ve got the loving mother Catelyn who will do anything for her family. We’ve got the loving mother Cersei who will conspire like hell for hers. We’ve got the badass child assassin Arya on a slippery slope into chaos. We’ve got the pirate-like Asha who is married to her axe. We’ve got the priestess Melisandre, manipulating a king into following her path. We’ve got the Queen of Thorns Olenna, who is an absolute master at conspiring for power. We’ve got the Khaleesi Daenerys who is a favourite for the Iron Throne. We’ve got Brienne, who is one of the truest knights of Westeros, despite not being a knight. “But Brienne is ugly!” They say. “She can’t be an example of a feminist character! Brienne is ugly and therefore all badass women are ugly and and that means that real women cannot be badass because badass women are ugly and mannish and therefore only men can be badass!” Oh really? Firstly – have a raised eyebrow. Secondly – what’s wrong with masculine women? Thirdly – oh how bloody wrong you are. Because we’ve also got Dacey, a beautiful and elegant warror, Ygritte, a flame-haired wildling, and the fucking Sand Snakes. And what do you call Asha, Melisandre, and Daenerys, if not both feminine and badass?

Oh, and before I move on to the racism part of this, I would just like to have a quick word with all Sansa-haters. I don’t care if you hate her because she’s too weak and therefore not feminist enough. I don’t care if you hate her because she’s a whining bitch and should be doing more to help herself and her family. Whyever you hate her, just get the fuck over it. Okay, I admit it – I used to hate her too. But then her story got interesting, and she wasn’t just an antagonist to Arya anymore. And I realised something. In the beginning, when there wasn’t really much personal conflict, Sansa was just a normal tween girl. And later on, when she was caught up in everything, and either kept silent or lied about her feelings, she was just surviving. Sansa is a good character, a good female, and a smart, strong girl.

Now to the alleged racism. Here’s the thing – it doesn’t exist. You show me a bunch of savages from across the narrow sea? I show you a bunch of savages from beyond the wall. And then casually remind you about the not-so-local civilised folk from across that same sea, or down in Dorne.

Impossible Inventions

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There are some things the world just needs. Unfortunately, many of those things are a tad… impossible.

1. Brain Printer:
We’ve all had it happen to us. In our heads, we imagine it like this:
Mona Lisa
But then once we’ve drawn it, it ends up coming out more like this:
Drawing
I think we definitely need a ‘print’ button on our brains, so that we can avoid catastrophes like the above lady in the purple dress.

2. Brain Recorder:
I can’t tell you the number of awesome dreams I’ve had that I wanted to have again and again, only for them to be completely forgotten ten minutes after waking up. And what about all those ones where I’ve written a masterpiece song or poem? We need brain recorders so that we can press ‘record’ every night before going to bed, and never have to forget a dream again.

3. Find:
Finding specific words or phrases in printed documents is AIDS. Unlike PDFs, we can’t just press ctrl+f and have our words highlighted for us. Oh no. We actually have to look for them ourselves. At least glossaries have it half-right. But even so. This lack of a non-computer ‘find’ button makes it really hard to choose essay references via skimming.

4. Copy + Paste:
As with the ‘find’ button, copying and pasting is a very important part of life! Surely I’m not the only one who gets driven insane having to copy handwriting onto multiple sheets of paper, or enter information into a computer.

5. Temporary Mind Wipe:
This is one of my more brilliant impossible inventions. I am a huge bookworm, and I particularly love series and the whole fandoms surrounding them. When you’re a fan of a book (or even a television series or film), nothing beats that excitement you get waiting for the next instalment, and that feeling you get upon finally reading/seeing it. Now, I’ve been a huge fan of Harry Potter for over ten years. I started reading the books when I was about eight or so (when only the first four were out), and between the time I started and the time the fifth book was released, I read the first four books over twenty times each. Every time a new book came out, I bought it immediately, and usually had them read within about two days. Then the movies came out, and I had those to be excited about as well, even if they did involve a lot of complaining about important events they cut. When the last book was released, I read it within twenty-four hours. It was thrilling, exciting, tear-inducing, and full of ‘oooh’ moments, and I loved it. It may have been it, but at least I could focus on the fact that the movies were still going. But then they ended as well. I saw the last film with my mum and my sister, and then again with the Melbourne Muggles. But I would never get that new feeling again. I can read them over and over, but that initial feeling of reading something for the first time will never return. And that makes me sad. I would love to be able to temporarily delete things from my memory before reading/watching something, in order to experience that feeling again, and then get all the memories back afterwards. I would love to be able to read Harry Potter for the first time, and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time, and meet every other fandom I’m a part of for the first time, all over again.

Hogwarts Houses

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In one of the clubs a while ago, we got to sorting well-known figures into Hogwarts Houses. So I thought I’d post the ones that I remember, and add some more. Just for the record, Game of Thrones refers to both the books and the show. It just gets really annoying typing ‘A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones’ all the time.

Gryffindor:

  • Aeryn Sun (Farscape)
  • Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)
  • Arya Stark (Game of Thrones) – though she’s also pretty damn Slytherin
  • Barristan Selmy (Game of Thrones)
  • Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones)
  • Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)
  • Charming / David Nolan (Once Upon a Time)
  • Daryl Dixon (Walking Dead)
  • Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
  • Debra Morgan (Dexter)
  • Echo (Dollhouse)
  • Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)
  • Eowyn (Lord of the Rings)
  • Henry Mills (Once Upon a Time)
  • Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  • Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)
  • Max Guevara X5-452 (Dark Angel) – though she does possess Hufflepuff qualities
  • Mulan (Mulan)
  • Ned Stark (Game of Thrones)
  • Olivia Dunham (Fringe)
  • Owen Harper (Torchwood)
  • Paul Ballard (Dollhouse)
  • Peter Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Robb Stark (Game of Thrones)
  • Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)
  • Zoe Washburne (Firefly)

Hufflepuff:

  • Angel Batista (Dexter)
  • Australia
  • Belle (Once Upon a Time)
  • Bonnie Bennett (Vampire Diaries)
  • Carol Peletier (Walking Dead)
  • Catelyn Stark (Game of Thrones)
  • Charlie Bucket (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
  • Clark Kent (Smallville)
  • Davos Seaworth (Game of Thrones)
  • Gwen Cooper (Torchwood)
  • Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne (Firefly)
  • Hodor (Game of Thrones)
  • Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes (Lost)
  • Ianto Jones (Torchwood)
  • Kaylee Frye (Firefly)
  • Lana Lang (Smallville)
  • Leo Wyatt (Charmed)
  • Lisa B. (my mum)
  • Lucy Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Manny Bianco (Black Books)
  • New Zealand
  • Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took (Lord of the Rings)
  • Piper Halliwell (Charmed)
  • Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
  • Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard (Once Upon a Time) – Snow could be a Gryffindor though
  • Tara Maclay (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Walter Bishop (Fringe)
  • Winnie the Pooh (Winnie the Pooh)
  • Xander Harris (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Zhaan (Farscape)

Ravenclaw:

  • Bennett Halverson (Dollhouse)
  • Bran Stark (Game of Thrones)
  • Drusilla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
  • Inara Serra (Firefly)
  • John Crichton (Farscape) – Gryffinclaw
  • Joker (Batman)
  • Klaus Baudelaire (Series of Unfortunate Events)
  • Logan Cale (Dark Angel)
  • Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)
  • Poison Ivy (Batman)
  • River Tam (Firefly)
  • Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Topher Brink (Dollhouse)
  • Toshiko Sato (Torchwood)
  • Samwell Tarly (Game of Thrones) – difficult to choose between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff
  • Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
  • September (Fringe)
  • Shepherd Derrial Book (Firefly) – most difficult Firefly character to sort
  • Simon Tam (Firefly)
  • Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
  • Susan Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia) – another Ravenpuff
  • Tara B. (my sister)
  • Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan (Bones)
  • United Kingdom – actually, the UK could be Hufflepuff as well
  • Violet Baudelaire (Series of Unfortunate Events)
  • Wesley Wyndam-Price (Angel)
  • Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Winifred ‘Fred’ Burkle (Angel)
  • Zelda Spellman (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)

Slytherin:

  • Adelle DeWitt (Dollhouse)
  • Anya Jenkins (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Bronn (Game of Thrones)
  • Bruce Wayne (Batman)
  • Caitlyn B. (me)
  • Captain Jack Harkness (Torchwood)
  • Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Carribean)
  • Cathy Dollanganger (Flowers in the Attic)
  • Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  • Chiana (Farscape)
  • Chris Halliwell (Charmed)
  • Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
  • Damon Salvatore (Vampire Diaries)
  • Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
  • Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
  • Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory)
  • Edmund Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Eric Northman (True Blood)
  • Faith Lehane (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • James ‘Sawyer’ Ford (Lost)
  • Jayne Cobb (Firefly)
  • Lana Luthor (Smallville)
  • Lex Luthor (Smallville)
  • Loki (Thor)
  • Mayor Richard Wilkins (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Nina Sharp (Fringe)
  • North Korea
  • Olenna ‘Queen of Thorns’ Tyrell (Game of Thrones)
  • Peter Bishop (Fringe)
  • Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Game of Thrones)
  • Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time)
  • River Song (Doctor Who)
  • Rumpelstiltskin / Mr. Gold (Once Upon a Time)
  • Rygel (Farscape)
  • Salem Saberhagen (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
  • Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Tony Stark (Iron Man)
  • Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) – Slytherclaw
  • Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)
  • United States of America
  • Veruca Salt (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
  • Walternate (Fringe)

My God, there are so many Slytherins! I’ll definitely add to this later. If you want to know where I would sort any other characters (or countries or famous people…) then just leave a comment below.