That ‘Game of Thrones’ scene was literally the most common type of rape there is
The scene, which does not go down this way in George R. R. Martin’s original books, is supremely disturbing all on its own, but the episode’s director Alex Graves made things even worse by stating that it was not rape. Graves said in interview with Alan Sepinwall that although Cersei Lannister spends literally the entire scene resisting her brother, the sex “becomes consensual by the end because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle.” In other words, Graves thinks pinning a woman down and having sex with her as she kicks, claws and repeatedly, unequivocally says “no” is not rape.
Are you kidding me? You don’t just get to force someone to have sex with you until they get so “turned on” that they relent and then call it consensual. Besides, the victim knew the perpetrator, had previous relationship with him and did not scream? This is literally the most common type of rape there is.
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I was SO pissed off about this.
I mean, there is SO much non-consensual sex in the books, and you had to turn a scene of consensual sex into rape, and now you’re saying it’s not even rape. I’m really angry about this, because, for the most part, the TV show has done a lot better than the books for feminist issues.
In the books, Jaime and Cersei have sex in the Sept, it’s true. And at first Cersei says ‘Don’t dude, I have my period’ and then Jaime says ‘I don’t care’, and they do it anyway, because they’re kinky and they like being transgressive and doing it in the church when she’s on the blob is double-transgressive (oh, wait, shit, I forgot that incest is transgressive for a moment - lol, tripple-transgressive). But Cersei is clearly consenting, her moment’s hesitation is because she thinks he’ll be ‘ew - blood’, and he’s like ‘lol, no, I’m into “ew”, remember?’.
But I guess Game of Thrones thought the blood bit was too ‘ew’ for them, but rape was not??? We don’t want to see or even hear about a woman’s natural bodily functions on TV (it’s not like you’d have to show it: we don’t bleed that much, and it’s not like you were going to give full-frontal on the bloody peen, unlike the lady-full-frontal we see plenty off this ep, again) but adding extra rape is not considered as gross as that? Cannibals slaughtering happy families near the wall in bloody gore is not as gross as what women do every month???
And now you’re telling me you don’t even think it was really rape?
This is not my disappointed face. This is my outraged-betrayed-furious face.
And all of this is before we get to the fact that it completely screws with Jaime’s redemptive story arc. Which, by the way, I do really fucking care about, because I can’t ship Brienne with a rapist, that shit is not OK. And I since they are ramping up the romance between my ship more than the books, they better be thinking about this. And if what they are thinking is that ‘Yeah, but he’d never do that to Brienne, it’s only because Cersei’s a bitch’ THAT IS FUCKING WELL NOT OK.
So, that’s what I think about that.