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Sexism in Game of Thrones

From Diane Reynolds on Women’s Studies list

The  good woman Dany who was doing good things (social justice, freeing the slaves) is turned into and then demonized as Hitler II. She is also desexualized: her sexuality, because of the incest, becomes “dangerous” to Jon Snow, and she is now clad head to foot in steely clothes as if to emphasize her sexual unavailability (of course, ostensibly due to the cold climate) —and we certainly can’t have a sexually “cold” woman in charge—or at least that seems to be the worst possible outcome in the minds of men.  The Hillary Clinton comparison is apt—and we realize, of course, that the most bizarre fantasy about Clinton—that she was running a child sex ring out of a pizza parlor—hits all the archetypical hot buttons—unwoman, opposite of a mother, in running a child sex ring, and—what is a pizza parlor emblematic of but not being at home baking cookies—of course, Clinton would be identified with a pizza place.
Sansa, the only other female contender for rule in Game of Thrones, is conveniently, like so many strong woman politicians, quickly sidelined to the periphery—we are to see this as a good thing—but really? Cirsei (spelling?)  is reduced to being defined as her brother’s lover and literally crushed as she clings to him for support.
Dany should have had the throne. But then a strong woman with a social justice bent would have been in charge. Hhmmm. It seems we can tolerate  anything but that!

Answers to Kids’ Deep Questions in Photos–book now available

Kids’ Deep Questions Answered in Photos by Gayle Kimball, Ph.D>

Now available on Amazon, etc. as an ebook or print

Since a  photograph is worth a 1,000 words, this book uses images to spark family discussion of important questions on the minds of young people. Dr. Kimball added brief comments to initiate thinking process about the meaning of life! Questions covered in the book include what is the purpose of life, why are there so many religions, what is happiness, why is there inequality, what happens after death, what’s the Big Bang, why is climate changing, and what is success?

The author started asking open-ended questions of young people in 2002 and eventually surveyed or interviewed over 4,000 students from 88 countries, as reported on in a series of books. They want to know why we’re here and what happens after death, as well as questions about our world from a science and social science point of view.  She found them to be very caring about helping other people. Now young children are taking a lead in advocating environmentalism to stop climate change and are asking deep questions.deepfrontcover