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  • Lily: Sirius! You picked Remus and James?! You can not have two backups!
  • Sirius: Of course I can! It’s just good sense to backup your backup.
  • Remus: Sirius! We’re both your backup?!
  • James: How could you do this to me?!
  • Sirius: Okay, this kind of back talk is not gonna fly when we’re married!
  • Lily: Sirius you can’t have both of them, you have to pick one!
  • Remus: Pick me!
  • James: No! Pick me! I don’t want to end up an old maid!
  • Sirius: All right well let’s see, Remus would be a good father, but James is rich...This is hard!
  • James: This is crazy, I wanna switch to Lily!
  • Remus: Oh, I wanna switch to Lily too!
  • Lily: Okay, this is what we’re gonna do! I’m gonna write James on one napkin and I’m gonna write Remus on the other napkin and we are going to pick one and that person is going to be our backup! Okay?
  • Sirius: Alright.
  • Lily: Pick one.
  • Sirius: [reading the napkin] James.
  • Lily: [reading the napkin] Remus.
  • Sirius:
  • Lily:
  • Sirius and Lily: [switching papers] We should switch.
  • James and Remus: Yeah.
You just have to play with the cards that you’re dealt. Piper, that girl is an ace. Jason is the King up my sleeve. Hazel is my old maid. Annabeth is my queen. Frank is the instruction card you throw away. Nico’s a solid seven. And yeah, you know what? Leo is probably, like, a two. But sometimes twos can be wild. So watch out. And I am obviously the joker.
—  Percy Jackson
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  My dear, from the first moment you stepped foot in my class, I sensed that you did not possess the proper spirit for the noble art of Divination…You may be young in years, but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shriveled as an old maid’s, your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave.

Honestly, the argument over Lyanna’s consent could easily be settled by answering only four questions:

  • Was her consent voluntary?

  • Was her consent free?

  • Was her consent informed?

  • Was her consent ongoing?

I’m going to set aside Lyanna’s age for now despite how this alone invalidates any argument for consent since Lyanna was a minor even by Westerosi standards and thus incapable of giving consent. But I know that people will come out from the woodworks claiming that “this was how things were back then” which is factually incorrect, and “we shouldn’t apply our modern world’s rules to medieval period” which…. why shouldn’t I? The text calls Lyanna a “child-woman” and goes a long way in establishing her youngness, powerlessness and impulsiveness. It shows how a somewhat similar “relationship” between Cersei and Lancel - which also includes a fucked up power dynamic and an older “partner” using the younger one’s naivete for their own purposes - was devastating to Lancel’s psyche. We argue about the skewness of Dany\Drogo and what it means for the definition of their relationship, we argue about how Cersei and Lancel’s relationship could not be considered consensual despite Lancel saying yes. So why should I ignore the same considerations when it comes to Lyanna and Rhaegar?

However, let’s put that aside for a little while as we try to answer the above questions. Consent is not just about saying yes: for Lyanna’s consent to be valid and accepted, it had to be voluntary, free, informed and ongoing, otherwise it was not consent. But did these adjectives truly apply to Lyanna’s situation?

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imagine being so salty that you curse a prince, his servants and his entire kingdom (village) for an indefinite period of time, disguise yourself as an old maid to stay in the village that was cursed by your own hand and watch everybody suffer without their memories from afar while being despised for years