Game of Thrones is a violent show, I knew that going in. And so I understand the readiness of viewers to shrug all acts of violence off and view them as just another dramatic twist in a very violent program.
However, we can not continue to overlook the fact that the producers seem to think that, in order for women to be strong, the must suffer. Daenerys must be raped by her husband, a man whom she eventually falls in love with in spite of how he brutalises her, in order for her to become a strong queen. Cersei must be raped by her brother lover in order to be sympathetic for five minutes. Even Brienne was given a sad back story in order to explain how she became a warrior. And now Sansa, although the intentions of this plot device have still to unfold, I am saddened that the best case scenario is that she becomes stronger. Worst case, Theon snaps out of his Reek phase and comes to her rescue. In other words this could become a case of a lead female character raped to further a male character’s narrative (a problem I had hoped we had overcome in 2015).
Using violence against characters to further a narrative would sit better with me if all characters were subject to the same treatment, yet got writers seem to think that, while women must be victimised to become strong women, men are strong by nature. How many male characters are strong because of a terrible tragedy that befell them? Was Ned Stark raped? Did something terrible happen to Jon Snow at the hands of a female assailant? Khal Drogo? Baelish? Rob Stark? No, because even in 2015, society still accepts that men are strong by nature and women are strong out of circumstance and I’m sorry but that is utter bullshit and we can no longer stand for it.
there seems to be an trend for people to consider Jessica’s murder amongst one of the Boss’ worst crimes. until my recent SRtT replay i wasnt actually sure why this was held up as being one of the worst things the Boss has done. i mean, sure, it was a violent and sadistic death but the Boss has committed an awful lot of murders and not all of them get the same fandom reaction of “this was an evil thing to do”. i dont see a lot of people protesting the Boss brutalising Mr Sunshine’s corpse, or them leaving Akuji Sr to burn to death.
but theres this scene in Saints Row the Third that id actually forgotten
[transcript: “Let me tell you about Jessica Parish, a girl from Stilwater who ran away from home to be with her tough guy boyfriend. Jessica thought her life was pretty sweet. Until a gangbanger kidnapped her, threw her in the trunk of a car, and laughed as her boyfriend crushed her in a monster truck rally. If Jessica Parish was your daughter, how far would you want me to go?”]
a lot of people in the fandom came in through the newer games so its understandable that they would buy what Cyrus said. after all, its technically accurate. Jessica was killed by the Boss in that method, and the Boss probably did laugh over it. but as someone who came into the series through the first games this always seemed to me less a description of the Boss’ crimes and more obviously carefully phrased propaganda designed to turn people against the Saints.
see the thing is, this quote from Cyrus makes out that Jessica was an innocent who got killed for just no reason at all. it completely absolves her of guilt. but Jessica was not an innocent. shes not even likeable. SR2 wants us to dislike her so much it goes out of its way to portray her as being racist just to give us another reason to not like her
[transcript: [to Carlos] “I’m still Jessica… ya know, you mind me of my old house cleaner…”]
SR2 makes it pretty clear. Jessica was not an innocent. she was a Brotherhood lieutenant. she was very much involved in the running of the gang and she was ruthless
[transcript: “Honey, you want me to have someone take care of them?”]
[transcript: “I’m glad you two are having fun, ‘cause god forbid we do something about the Saints…”]
[transcript: “Sweetie, it’s not a big deal, just kill ‘em.”]
and heres the reason Jessica was killed. it wasnt for being Maero’s girlfriend. it wasnt for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jessica killed Carlos.
[transcript: “Well, I just wanted to let you know that since you were nice enough to give my man a makeover, I should return the favour… don’t worry, by the time we’re through with him Carlos’ll look just as handsome as Maero.”]
[transcript: “I’m sure you’ll do something scary. Do me a favour. When you’re scraping up your buddy’s face, just remember Maero gave you a chance to be his partner.”]
thats the key phrase, really. “I should return the favour”. Maero didnt kill Carlos– he was absolutely on-board with the revenge but he didnt execute it, it was Jessica. the Boss didnt kill her for some kind of sadistic kick, they killed her because she had their friend tortured until the Boss had to perform a mercy killing.
Carlos’ bio from the SRIV website also confirms that it was Jessica who killed Carlos;
[transcript: “After befriending the Boss during a shared stint in Stilwater Penitentiary, Carlos became a member of the Third Street Saints– though a short-lived one. The Boss took Carlos under their wing and entrusted him with leading the charge against a rival gang called the Brotherhood. While not a natural at gang life, Carlos tried his best to prove himself. He met his fate during the street war escalation when Jessica, the girlfriend of the Brotherhood’s leader Maero, took him hostage in revenge for the Saints dosing her boyfriend’s tattoo ink with radioactive material.”]
this isnt trying to say she was worse than anyone else or that the Boss is right to go around killing people or that Maero is innocent or who was wrong who was right blah blah. i just made this post to clarify that despite what Cyrus says, Jessica was not an innocent caught up in the gang warfare. she was a gang lieutenant who was just as involved in the Brotherhood storyline as Maero.
the Brotherhood storyline is a big mess of people making very poor decisions and unnecessary brutal deaths and horrifying violence that all could have been avoided if people had just had some fucking respect
(although admittedly Maero was kinda right about the Boss not exactly having a lot going for them at the start of SR2 when he actually had a fully fledged gang so, yknow, maybe Boss coulda been a little less extreme than “im going to burn off your fucking face with radioactive waste”)
What’s it about? A small number of refugees from the kingdom of Winter are trying to reclaim their homeland from the evil Spring kingdom, who killed their queen and enslaved and brutalised all their people. But no one really knows how hard this has been on one of the young refugees, Meira, because trying to save her people is really getting in the way of Meira being Meira. Until she gets a nice hard reality check right in the face, gets over herself and becomes pretty awesome.
i feel like i can’t even breathe after watching that sansa scene. i cried so hard and i’ve never felt so disgusted and disappointed in my life. d&d are fucking human sacks of garbage. and worse, the camera fucking closed in on theon like its about him. that scene was NOT about theon, it was about sansa. how can they excuse waiting years to rape and brutalise a female character and then centre the scene in on theon???
#attone for ur sin of misplacing ur violent anger at ur life at a weaker target ogm im crack in up
Like Hinata was DISOWNED FROM THE MAIN BRANCH HE HATED SO MUCH and he almost beat her to death?? He had a be PHYSICALLY STOPPED from murdering her??? And I’m supposed to be cool with a sob story and an off-screen apology, if there was one at all.
Like Hiashi said sorry for something he apparently didn’t even have a say in but Neji blamed him for anyway, but Neji doesn’t have to apologise to Hinata, who was still suffering the after-effects of the way he brutalised her like a month later.
I love Neji but he is not a good guy like I cannot say at all that he is even in Part II
British colonial officers stand guard over Kenyans suspected of
being members of the Mau Mau while they search their homes for weapons.
British colonialists routinely brutalised Kenyans during the nationalist
Mau Mau movement from 1952 to 1960.
Did we all see this coming? Yes
Was it awful? Yes
Did anyone enjoy it? NO
Sansa has been threatened by sexual violence since season 1, been brutalised in every other way imaginable by people she thought she could trust; but Sansa is not a woman ruined.
Her character development has not been demolished by her rape, she has never been stronger than she is (we all saw her with Miranda!!) and no one should be giving up on her especially not now.
Disney characters, demonised, brutalised and savage.
Artist Jeftoon01 started a project where he took the princesses and fairies from famous Disney films and - to contrast their normal happy and harmless demeanor - turned them into murderous, vengeance-driven, dark badasses.
Yes it... Does matter? Like rape happens to people and it's horrible and that doesn't mean it can be omitted from a from a fictional universe where violence, especially against women, is very common? Like you're supposed to feel horribly for Sansa and hate Ramsay?
I dont have the energy to write a long answer but here is a short version: a woman should NOT have to be brutalised in any way in order to develop and earn her character development. and also, a woman should not be brutalised in ANY FORM to further the arc of some other character. also, it doesnt happen to Sansa, and rape is terrible and ITS NOT FUCKING ENTERTAINMENT
The writers of this show constantly sexualise female characters otherwise not sexualised. They brutalise consensual sex scenes. They replace main female storylines with a male character who is almost completely made up. They had the opportunity to have a new, shining poster boy esque character, a new Jaime Lannister hero type character, which would have exponentially increased the show’s interest. Not to mention it’s the biggest, best plot twist in the whole damn series.I just…. Are they fucking stupid?!
It is the duty of every man and woman who believes in #justice, #equality and #humanity to make a stand against the despotic #Saudi regime. Not only has the Saudi regime brutalised minorities within its own ‘Kingdom’; it has actively destabilized the entire world through exporting extremism under the name of Wahhabism. We must demand our governments in the West to end their hypocritical ties with a regime guilty of #terrorism and consistently violating human rights.
kenny fans’ excusing his racism/xenophobia when he brutalises arvo for being russian just because his love sarita wasn’t white is the walking dead game fandom’s equivalent of “i’m not racist i have black friends”
What has society come to? Realism is nothing anymore, life is all about subterfuge and deceit, masking and covering, a search for perfection that only really leads further and further astray from what the concept really is. We were made the way we were yet as soon as we were born people attempt to change us and eventually that means we do to. It means we don’t accept our “flaws” and “defects”. It means that they become highlighted in our minds and we try our best to eradicate them as much as we can, whether it be through makeup, lighting, clothes or even photoshop. Perfection will never be achieved. Perfection is not a thing. Nothing is or can ever be perfect because society has coined the term and used it to apply to things they judge. The concept of perfectionism has led to judgment and comparison, to deceit and a constant need for acceptance. It’s made people self conceited and self conscious, bullied and brutalised by both themselves and others. All I can say is this:
Stop. Look. Think. Listen.
Do this and see all your “flaws” and “imperfections” as those things that define you. As those parts of you which make you unique and special. Believe in yourself and forget about being perfect because it’ll never happen for anyone.
“No matter how many times an incident involving a black man brutalised by police occurs, whether it is caught on camera or not, a chain reaction swiftly follows. Though in most cases, a crucial link, that of accountability, fails to connect to the rest of the chain. It is a major reason, perhaps the biggest reason following the issue of racism itself, that these unjust acts continue to occur.”
Hundreds rescued as Myanmar offers first help in migrant crisis
Hundreds of starving boatpeople were rescued off Indonesia on Wednesday as Myanmar for the first time offered to help ease a regional migrant crisis blamed in part on its treatment of the ethnic Rohingya minority. The change of tune from Yangon came as the foreign ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand – facing global criticism for turning away rickety boats packed with starving migrants – gathered for talks on the issue near Kuala Lumpur. Following appeals by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Washington last week for the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to be rescued, Pope Francis issued his first comments on the issue Tuesday, likening the plight of the “poor Rohingya” to that of Christian and ethnic Yazidi people brutalised by the Islamic State group. http://dlvr.it/9tkLXS