Making a Better, Smarter “Strong Female Character”

From Orphan Black to Game of Thrones, tough and flawed women are complicating the “strong female character” trope. 

Backtalk: Game of Thrones & xoJane

This week, we talk about burning down the patriarchy in Game of Thrones and how the show’s female characters have evolved this season. Then, we discuss the desctructive clickbait culture seen in many online outlets—most specifically, xoJane, which published an... Read more »

When Does a Guilty Pleasure Become Too Guilty?

In Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark is trapped in an abusive marriage with a powerful villain.  We all have our guilty pleasures. Some of us like to binge-watch old episodes of Sex and the City, other people indulge in low-budget horror movies or ultra-cheesy... Read more »

The Post-Colonial Politics of "Game of Thrones"

In Game of Thrones, the Dornish people—like Obara Sand, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes—pride themselves on a more equitable culture and a history of resisting imperial conquest.  People who care about Game of Thrones, ... Read more »

Don't Hate on Sansa Stark's Powerful Femininity

Sansa Stark is derided for desiring a fairy-tale life of a rich wife and mom. But critics miss her inner strength.  On Game of Thrones, there are plenty of characters to hate.  Read more »

Why Do We Love Dark, Violent TV?

Detective drama The Killing is part of a new wave of “grimdark” TV shows.  In 2006, something bloody came to Showtime. Dexter exploded into the popular consciousness with a splat, giving us a... Read more »

Does It Matter Whether Game of Thrones is Feminist?

With every season of Game of Thrones, one question has become more insistent among in the blogosphere: “Is Game of Thrones feminist?”  Read more »