06.03.1312:02 PM ET

A Game of Genders

Is ‘Game of Thrones’ a man’s show?

There’s no doubt that the HBO fantasy Game of Thrones is a hit, but are its fans more male or female? The show wasn’t pitched as a manly-man series, and the series’s author, George R.R. Martin, has gone on record as a feminist, yet critic after critic has claimed that it doesn’t draw women because, ew, blood and guts and stuff. This is not only false, as proved by a massive fan base of women devoted to the feisty female characters, but also a harmful assumption to make. As Sexy Feminist points out, “Saying that violent works appeal only to men reinforces the idea that men are inherently violent.”