(game of thrones spoilers and also trigger warning for rape)
so naturally, I’m upset any time there’s a rape scene in any media. because for one, I was sexually abused in my past, and for another, it’s a horrible and female-targeted crime that I live my life in fear of experiencing (again).
I was angry when Khal Drogo raped Daenerys while she sobbed against a pretty, sunset-y backdrop. But I figured it made “sense”, as much as something like rape possibly could. she was forced into an arranged marriage and in these times/this culture, you *HAD* to consummate the marriage and bear a child. whatever. it’s horrible but it made “sense”.
at least, I felt that way until I realized that in the fucking books that the show is based on, this rape scene never occurred. yeah. HBO added that shit in. why? the story worked just fine without it, apparently.
in last night’s episode, Jaime rapes Cersei about a foot away from the corpse of their dead son. in past episodes, Jaime has been staunchly anti-rape, losing his hand and going BACK to an enemy camp after he’d escaped it to save Brienne from being raped mercilessly. in the book, he and Cersei apparently do have sex practically on top of their dead kid, but it’s consensual. yeah. HBO added that shit in. why? the story worked just fine without it, apparently.
and now, they’re apparently planning to "beautifully" rape Sansa Stark in an upcoming episode, yet another event that did not occur in the books.
what does all of this say? to me, to other survivors, to the viewers, to the world? that rape makes a story more interesting. that an already wildly popular (and frankly, violent enough already) book series could only be improved if you just tossed a few more rape victims into it. it makes for good TV, I guess.
I am disgusted.
To be fair, the books actually do have a lot of sex that women don’t like or want, but they don’t protest openly because they would not be listened to. Like, Daenerys hates her sex with Drogo for ages before she figures out her life and place in the khalasar. And Cersei say’s no to Jamie multiple times in the books, but is pressed into it…
Though from memory Sansa is not raped, so kinda weird they would put it in the show. I’m pretty sure she was sexually abused though. Idk.
I think the show mirrors the books quite well actually. Women know that even if they protested openly, it is unlikely they would be listened to or helped. Which is obviously horrible. But to not put it in the show might seem like they are ignoring an important social aspect of the book, and I think it is more important to have a true portrayal of the grimness of it all.
Just my opinion though