VideoGames Are Afraid Of The Female Body

Game of Thrones is known for its excessive female nudity and gruesome violence. But we seldom dive deeper than that, to ask how the show polarizes female nakedness as either a presentation of empowerment or shame. On one hand, there is Daenerys Targaryen, wife of Khal Drogo and one of the last Targaryens, who is the central figure in a highly empowering scene at the end of the show’s first season. The silver-haired Queen stands naked before a crowd that’s kowtowing before her. Her dragons, hatched overnight in a blazing fire which she survived, are curled around her body like decorative jewelry. Her upright position visually signifies her power, importance, and influence. Daenerys takes ownership over her body, a clear presentation of empowerment. However, this scene contrasts with the walk of atonement scene in season five. When paired together, these two scenes highlight the dichotomy I’m referring to.

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abcde-123451151d ago (Edited 1151d ago )

The author is taking the Anita Sarkeesian cherry picking route here, and forgetting the countless scenarios where women aren't being dehumanized.

Oh, and by the way, I think that if a woman looks for and gets a job where she dances naked on a pole, she has dehumanized herself.

Sureshot1150d ago

You're looking at this from one side. Is a stripper/prostitute 'dehumanising' herself for monetary gains or is she taking advantage and exploiting desperate men? It's up to each individual woman I guess.