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April 25, 2016

So On Game of Thrones Female Characters Poisoned a Child, Butchered a Teenager, and Stabbed an Unarmed Man, and the Social Left Applauds: It Was "Empowering"

Ah, I'm over Game of Thrones. I barely watched it last night.

In what appears to be a big departure from the book, a character was killed. This character had been one of the only interesting parts of the dreadful, dreary, interminably long sequences away from the real characters, as it kept being hinted that his passivity and weakness were all a big ruse (as Archer would say), and that he was in fact planning something very strong, very tough (as Donald Trump would say).

I have to imagine that George R. R. Martin didn't put us through 400 pages of boring crap with this guy as the only point of minor interest just to kill him.

Anyway, the show was boring. It's been boring for a while. I don't know the show will bother with the R+L=J reveal, or if it's been agreed that the show will depart far from the books, so that Martin is left his own story to tell (when he eventually completes the series, which I doubt he ever will). The R+L=J thing is the only thing I was interested in for years, and now I'm not even all that interested in that.

Anyway, on to today's stupid justice warrioring. Female characters poisoned a 12 or 14 year old girl, stuck a spear through a teenaged boy's head when he wasn't looking, and then brutally stabbed an unarmed man (as well as sneak-stabbed an armed man who was caught by surprise by the murder).

"Empowering!" declares this stupid Women Can Do No Wrong As Long As They Do For Themselves site.

I'm censoring a bit of this to not be more spoilery than I need to be.

[Female Character] Takes Over [High Position] On 'Game Of Thrones' & It's An Empowering Move


Say what you will about how cruelly this series can treat their female characters, but during Sunday night's Season 6 premiere, [Female Child Murderer] took a powerful stand on Game of Thrones. Tired of watching in the shadows as the men all around her use their power in terrible ways, [Female Child Murderer] decided to take over [High Position] for herself...

And, while the act itself was both shocking and impressive, her speech was what proved that her leadership could make for a nice change.

While under a man's rule, women have been abused and raped by men without retribution. But, all of that is about to change now that she's in charge. "Your [close relation] is weak just like you, and weak men will never rule [Place] again," she said as she killed him. [Multiple Child Murderess] proved to us last season that she was a force to be reckoned with when she made the bold move of killing [a child].

It was a female child, by the way. I wonder if that made it less empowering, or more empowering. I wonder if the female child was herself empowered by being thought of as important enough to murder.

That was done when she had very little power, so imagine what she will be capable of now...

On the whole, this is a very amazing twist for her character's storyline. Female leaders are kind of awesome. (Looking at you, Dany!) And I am certainly all about female empowerment on this show...

By the way, all of the murdered characters were morally good. The child was praised as the best child someone had ever known, the teenaged boy was not shown doing anything untoward, and the adult man's sin was being too interested in peace and reconciliation.

But, empowering to murder them all anyway!

Years back, the Onion wrote a parody: Women Now Empowered By Everything a Woman Does.

Apparently murder -- including multiple child murders -- now joins that list of empowering things an empowered woman may empower herself by.

It occurs to me that this plot twist, which as I've said I doubt is part of Martin's actual storyline, may have added specifically to appease the Social Justice Warriors, Maenad Auxilliaries, who've complained that women were abused on the show. (Not seeming to notice that Reek has been tortured for years and had his penis cut off, or that every male Stark has been murdered.)

This might have been done specifically to shut the Maenads up and make them feel "empowered" by "empowered" fictitious characters murdering people in an "empowering" fashion.

If so, mission accomplished! The brain-dead, bubblegum-headed amoral savages of the social left approve!

Update: It's not a new trope, of course: SJWs are uncreative people, endlessly derivative, who merely re-write what has gone before thousands of times.

Via Twitter, @aposticmark informs me that Shakespearean murderess Lady Macbeth has been declared to be quite empowered herself.

But Women Are Empowered by Everything, Don't You See?

47 I'm so old I remember when women were supposedly superior because they weren't usually mass murderers, etc. Posted by: Unfettered Power

When women don't murder, they are empowered; when they murder, they are super-empowered.

Every day is a festivus of empowerment!

Question: Ramsay Snow murders a lot of people, and tortures them, and rapes them.

Is he also empowered? Or is it only women who are empowered by cruel behavior?

Would he be empowered, if not for the rape? Would he be empowered if he raped, but raped men instead?

Questions, questions!

Why Is This Dark "Empowering" Murder Fantasy Okay for Women, But Not Okay for Dudes in Video Games? That's my own question, but Alec Leamas makes a similar point:

I can't imagine too many men admitting to the surge of power for manliness felt by the caprice and cruelty of Joffrey or Ramsay Bolton.

I suppose feminism really is a dark expression of Oedipal revenge fantasies and the weakling's desire to wield power for its own sake and for self-aggrandizement.

I'm just wondering about the confused psyche that praises fantasized wanton cruelty and killing as essential to the cause of being a woman while needing safe spaces and protection from college boys after two glasses of Chardonnay in the other world that doesn't have dragons.

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