Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, acknowledged in an interview with The Daily Beast that ‘for some people, it’s just going to look like rape,’ but ‘the intention is that it’s not just that; it’s about two people who’ve had this connection for so many years, and much of it is physical, and much of it has had to be kept secret, and this is almost the last thing left now. It’s him trying to force her back and make him whole again because of his stupid hand.’ So, is it rape? ‘Yes, and no. There are moments where she gives in, and moments where she pushes him away. But it’s not pretty.’ Just my opinion here, but if your answer to ‘Is it rape?’ is ‘yes and no,’ then it’s probably rape.
—Here’s What the Writer and Director of Game of Thrones' Controversial Rape Scene (Plus GRRM) Have to Say About It (via themarysue)
The more HBO tries to normalize rape and just shrug it off as “a thing that happens,” the more I feel like chucking my Song of Ice and Fire volumes at the television.
I don’t know why this series is so fraught with unnecessary violation, but it’s becoming pretty sickening, and increasingly rape-apologetic.
I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.
"What’s up with chicks and science?"
Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.
This was beautiful
The fact that people still think that STEM subjects are still genetically in men’s favor, in this day and age, proves to me more than anything that we need to send these systems of oppression crashing down ASAP. Women and POC are not as present in the sciences for lack of trying.
I twittered about this earlier, but sometimes it feels as though talking about misogyny in this industry is like dealing with Groundhog Day: there seems to be a continuous reset, a collective male amnesia around the issue. As if, when a woman speaks out, it’s for the first time and everyone is shocked. Just shocked, I tell you. Sexism exists? OH MY GOD.
Well, this is just further evidence that people think that just because we don’t live in the 50’s anymore, we’re in a post-sexist society (I’ve heard several assholes say that we’ve evolved into a post-feminist society, which is….what?). When people get this “surprised” over news of sexism, it seems like they’re all saying, “What, THAT old thing? I thought we fixed that AGES ago!” Then they’ll make it appear as if they’re doing their best to fix it, when often “fixing the problem” just means acknowledging it exists in this momentary example, and then moving on without really changing anything.