Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan/HBO

CULTURE WARS

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.”

Read it at Sexy Feminist

Comments