Game of Thrones – feminism och sexism

TV-serien Game of Thrones innehåller utan tvivel en hel del sexism. Och nakenhet. Vilket ju inte är samma sak. Böckerna i serien A Song of Ice and Fire kanske innehåller mindre. Eftersom jag inte läst dem har jag ingen aning om det är så eller inte. Samtidigt skildrar TV-serien en värld som är sexistisk.

Men ändå finns det en hel del feminism i TV-serien och böckerna (som jag inte läst, men jag förstår att det är så). Det finns gott om starka och självständiga kvinnor, Daenerys Targaryen, Catelyn Stark, Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Yara Greyjoy, Margaery Tyrell, Cersei Lannister, Shae, Ygritte och Olenna Redwyne för att nämna några. Den som dock kanske framträder starkast är dock min favorit Daenerys Targaryen. I alla fall menar Opinioness of the World det:

Daenerys makes a trade for all 8,000 Unsullied warriors, appearing as if she’s going to give up her dragon Drogon to make the exchange. But it’s all a ruse. When the brutal slaver Kraznys — who has insulted Dany with sexist, slut-shaming insults, erroneously thinking she didn’t understand the Valeryian language — is irritated that her dragon doesn’t obey him, she retorts that of course he doesn’t, “a dragon is a not a slave.” Dany then orders the Unsullied, now in her command, to murder the slavers and break the chains off the slaves. She frees the enslaved warriors, asking them to fight for her as free men. Daenerys then drops the whip equating ownership of the slaves. In essence, she drops the symbolic weapon of tyranny and oppression, heralding rebellion.

If there was ever any question, Daenerys is clearly here to dismantle the patriarchy.

Not only is she a woman leader, her very existence challenging the status quo. But Daenerys openly questions and challenges patriarchal norms. She refuses to abide by societal gender limitations mandating men must rule. She’s determined to forge a different path. Rather than follow in the footsteps of leaders embodying toxic masculinity, she’s determined to rule through respect, kindness and fairness — not through intimidation or fear. Daenerys refuses to enslave people. She wants to emancipate them.

The Mother of Dragons cares for the dragons as if they were her own babies. Could it be that Daenerys will become the archetypal mother of humanity? Perhaps. She’s wielding justice, crushing oppression and protecting the weak. Yet it is the loss of her son that enables Daenerys to envision herself in the role of leader. No longer is she supporting a man to be a great leader. She has become that leader.

The princess has become a queen.

Det finns även andra som anser att serien inte är sexistisk utan feministisk, Cornucopia är en, Nanna Johansson en annan och Feminist Fiction en tredje. Andra har en betydligt mer kritisk inställning till Game of Thrones.

Mer: SVD, Feminist Fiction1, 2, FemPers, Piruett, Skålpund kött,
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