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    Why do strong women suffer in Game of Thrones?

    There’s no disputing that Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa and Arya Stark, and Cersei Lannister are all forces to be reckoned with. They’re women with power and they know how to wield it. However, despite their political successes, personally and emotionally, the women of Westeros lead very oppressed lives.

    • I feel like it may be an intentional reflection of the modern world and how much women do suffer, even in the most privileged/powerful positions. Like, no matter what, being a woman is inherently harder than being a man. That said, considering we're in a fantasy world, it would be nice to have women lead lives that aren't bound by real-world sexism. – Dimitri 6 years ago
    • I agree somewhat, but in order for a narrative to be compelling, a protagonist needs to have an obstacle to achieving their goal. Sexism can certainly be an obstacle, but it doesn't also have to be the go-to for writers either. – RebaZatz 6 years ago
    • I've had some quite conflicted feelings about GoT on this front. I still love the show and kept watching, but Sansa's experience upon marrying Ramsay was a particular example of this. I understand the desire to depict real-world sexism, and perhaps the writers were motivated by a genuine desire to do this, but it felt problematically voyeuristic (even pornographic). We've been making art for hundreds of years about women's suffering - isn't it time for a change? – SarahPearce 6 years ago
    • Fantasy is the perfect place to tell these new stories and motion for change. It's a shame more stories don't take advantage of it. – Dimitri 6 years ago
    • I really think this topic could be expanded to include women in fantasy overall. I recently listened to a talk by fantasy author Victoria Schwab, who discussed how fantasy does not necessarily need to follow the power dynamics that already exist in our world - for example, sexism or elements of patriarchal traditions - but that fantasy can flip the power dynamics as well. We could use the women in Game of Thrones as a starting point for a broader discussion of power dynamics in fantasy? – Zohal99 6 years ago
    • It has a simple answer. Martin depicts the medieval world as it was - knights aren't clad in shinging armor and they are'nt prince charming. No, they murdered and were murdered. And most women in this time period were oppressed. – RyderVii 6 years ago
    • Beneath every strong woman lies a broken little girl who had to learn how to get back up and never depend on anyone. – matadorbuildings 6 years ago

    Why do finished films deviate so much from the concept art?

    While many films, particularly those with fanciful settings, are visually spectacular, sometimes, when concept art is released, I personally find that the rejected concepts are much more spectacular than the final product. What are some deciding factors for what makes it to the final film and what remains an illustration?

    • I would talk about what things can set concept art from making it into the final film, such as with budget constraints. – BMartin43 6 years ago

    Why Gomez and Morticia Addams are Relationship Goals

    Romeo and Juliet, the Joker and Harley Quinn, Lizzie and Mr. Darcy…there have been many couples throughout pop culture that audiences have loved to watch fall in love. While every relationship is different, I think that Gomez and Morticia epitomize what a healthy relationship is like. They don’t try to change the other, and embrace their weirdness. They are deeply devoted to each other and their family. They’re not only not ashamed of who they are and what they have, but they’re proud of it.

    • Love my question is, "Why don't we hear about Gomez and Morticia like we do Lizzie and Darcy or Romeo and Juliet?" Maybe we don't associate "weirdness" with relationship goals, which could signal a societal issue, I think. And this makes me think, "How weird is too weird?" when it comes to looking up to others' relationships as models or standards. Great topic. Lots of questions to consider. – kategasp 6 years ago
    • Ooh, how fun and interesting! – Stephanie M. 6 years ago

    Being a Woman in

    No matter what, being a woman in the dystopian Republic of Gilead is awful. Whether you’re a handmaid forced into surrogate slavery, or a Wife who is not even allowed to read/write, all women are oppressed. regardless of their rank. However, no matter what their lot in life, the women of Gilead, in their own ways, do show resilience.

    • For those unfamiliar with THE HANDMAID'S TALE, you should definitely situate your reader so that he/she understands where your topic is stemming from. Also, I'm not exactly sure what your argument is? The topic is pertinent and one worth exploring, but there is no point of agreement or disagreement, thus leading to a statement as opposed to a topic for a critical analysis. – danielle577 5 years ago

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    I agree. The main reason there is so much controversy is because male fans can’t handle the fact that their gender no longer has all the power. They’re so used to the status quo.

    A Female #doctor13: Why the Controversy?

    A character does not have to have sex to be memorable. For me, Aunt Lydia from “The Handmaids Tale” comes to mind. She isn’t sexual at all, in fact, quite the opposite. I found her utterly terrifying, and her sexuality (or lack thereof) didn’t add or take away from how memorable she is.

    Representation of female celibacy in Television and Film

    Great analysis! I especially enjoyed the fact that not every antagonist you listed was an actual character (Triwizard Tournament).

    The only one I kind of disagree with is Sirius. If anything, I liken him to Edward Snowden – he is a hero or a villain, depending on who you ask. He was framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and as such, the real perpetrator went free. I think Sirius represents the holes in the justice system.

    Harry Potter: The Importance of Antagonists