Jos

Jos

Contributing writer for The Artifice.

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    The Physiognomy and Psychology of Westeros' Geography

    Consider the map of Westeros as a human body: ‘The Neck’ is located centrally, at Greywater Watch. Perhaps the farther North you go the closer you move towards the mind, and the farther South you go the closer you move towards the genitals. Contrast the frankness and unapologetic polyamory of Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand (from Dorne at the most southerly point of Westeros) with the celibacy expected of the Watchers of the Wall and the shame they associate with physical desire (at the most northerly point of Westeros). Near and beyond the Wall, sex acts occur literally underground (Mole’s Town and Jon’s and Ygritte’s cave). The Wall is more than a pile of frozen blocks; it is frequently described in the novels as a living thing which ‘weeps’ and ‘defends itself’. What if the Wall represents the human mind’s need to protect itself from the madness which would result from a direct confrontation with its most profound fears?

    • I could see the Wall representing instead the Lacanian sense of the arrival of language. The open sensuality of the south would be the Imaginary that is repressed at the Mirror stage. – Aedon 2 years ago
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    It was a great pleasure to learn about Sally Mann for the first time through your article, Nicole. I have a couple of reactions, (which are entirely unrelated to to one another). 1) The confrontation of commonly-held notions about childhood innocence is fascinating to me because I have at least one distinct personal memory of experiencing, as a child, a sense of latent sexuality that I did not understand. 2) I find myself comparing Mann’s art with Nick Ut’s 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of the napalm girl. Interesting that it was not deemed necessary to black-out her nipples and genitals.

    The Controversial Art of Sally Mann
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    Thanks for your article, Meghan. The prospect of ‘new doors opening’, which your conclusion indicates, is heartening and exciting to me. My imagination teems with writing ideas for female antiheroes!

    Scandal's Olivia Pope and the Rise of the Female Antihero
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    To describe Brienne in “Game of Thrones” as ‘non-sexual’ is to misread her portrayal. She does not conform to Westeros’ idealized concept of femininity, which is why Jaime Lannister’s mind tells him he should not be attracted to her; his body tells him something different! Jaime’s sexual arousal in the presence of Brienne is perhaps more clearly defined in the books than in the TV show. Their relationship is intimate and highly sexually-charged, (think of the scene in which they swordfight, the scene in the bath at Harrenhal, the scene in which Jaime rescues Brienne from the bear). In “Game of Thrones”, (as in life), the act of sexual intercourse does not define romance. Sansa and Ramsay have plenty of intercourse; Brienne and Jaime have none, but their relationship is the more sexually romantic one!

    Representation of female celibacy in Television and Film
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    Stephanie M., your statement that “there are almost no representations of disabled females having/enjoying sex in the media” made me think of one: Svetlana in “The Sopranos.” She’s pretty hot!

    Representation of female celibacy in Television and Film