Making a point for Diversity – Game of Thrones

Game, thrones, diversity

I remember when discussing a TV show used to be during lunch hours, in between work. Work is now what we do between tossing around theories about Game of Thrones. Some of the conversations I’ve overheard tend to veer along the lines of the Red Woman’s necklace and whether she looks better with it on or, ahem, off.

Which kind of made me wonder – is this series a seriously misogynistic one, or is it about empowering women? Enough has been written about objectification. I want explore an approach where there’s overwhelming evidence to support that Game of Thrones is essentially female centric.

1) Talking about everything

I’m trying to recollect the names of movies which passed the Bechdel Test. In order to “pass” this test, a movie must have:

1) At least two named female characters who
2) talk to each other about
3) something other than a man

It’s meant to point out how women aren’t really seen as central points to the action, and even in scenes between two or more women the object of their discussion is usually the male character at the center of the film.

I read an article on a psychology website once:

There are countless different female characters, all with oddly spelled names, so the first hurdle is easily cleared. These women also speak to each other often enough to meet the second criteria. The third requirement happens even less, but still on a semi-regular basis. Plus, compared to other shows, even ones produced by HBO, Game of Thrones is an A-plus student in the Bechdel class. read more

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