Sexism and racism in Game of Thrones

***SPOILER ALERT: This post is about the Game of Thrones HBO TV show up to Series 4 (Ep.3) so may contain spoilers up to that point. I haven’t read the books, so I can’t comment on them.***

Game of Thrones is currently my favourite tv show – and it seems the same can be said for much of the rest of this country’s population! What’s not to like about a historical fantasy show with a stunning range of characters, exciting plots, and a couple of dragons thrown in for good measure? Well, over the past few days I have been reading quite a bit on the internet about Game of Thrones, and it’s been making me feel rather uncomfortable about my favourite show. In fact, the more I delve, the more problematic many elements of the show seem to be – I don’t think I could cover all the reasons why in one article, so this post will only touch on a few issues, but I’ve tried to include plenty of links so that you can look into it further if you’re interested. I’d recommend reading a couple of them if you’re a fan like me – I strongly believe that it’s possible to enjoy something like Game of Thrones even if large swathes of it ARE problematic – so long as you think about it a bit and acknowledge why and how it’s problematic. (There are some interesting articles on this topic here at Racialicious and here at Social Justice League.) (more…)

Make up

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about make up lately, partly as a result of the recent #nomakeupselfie that’s been trending on Facebook. For a start, I wouldn’t usually bring make-up when I’m travelling, unless perhaps it’s a short city break with smart dinners out and the like. But even in my everyday life, I don’t wear a huge amount of make up, especially in the day time.

There’s been quite a lot of controversy about the #nomakeupselfie and rightly so – firstly because some people have been trying to claim that posting such a selfie is ‘courageous’ just like fighting cancer is. This is obviously bullshit, and incredibly belittling to the experiences of those with cancer. Then there’s the people who posted selfies on Facebook ‘for cancer awareness’ with no links or instructions regarding how to donate. As many have pointed out, there’s no shortage of awareness that cancer is a horrible disease, so I found these posts mildly infuriating and thoughtless. (more…)