Lately, I have been watching Game of Thrones (GOT) TV series. The show has a lot of nudity, sex and violence (the perfect cocktail that sells always ;)). I would not call it my favourite show but I need to know what happens next, once I start watching it and just cannot stop. I have no issues with the nudity/sex parts, though I definitely admit it is higher that what you would see in regular movies. The violence part is makes me upset though. Everybody seems to be getting killed/killing in cold blood.
Anyway, we were talking at lunch and I was telling how it is difficult for me to stop watching the GOT and was asking if any of them watched it.
One of my colleagues (Asian) says “I watched an episode or 2 but I am not the kind of person who watches those shows.”
Me – “What kind of person am I then?”
I was talking to a girl I met in the bus (Indian) and I was telling how I could not go to bed because I wanted to watch more episodes. I asked her if she watched it.
She said she was in season 2 and immediately adds in “I watch it but I not so interested in those kind of ugh shows.”
Me – “If you are not into it, why did you continue watching season 2? Ha ha.”
People (especially Asians) are so uncomfortable with sex/nudity that they immediately feel the need to clarify that they are decent, nice people who do not enjoy those kind of shows. They download it and watch it but feel so awkward telling that they watch it because they fear being judged. That they are sluts. Cheap people. So, they add in a disclaimer.
The reality is everybody is watching it and the show is a big hit. Why live under a pretense? The more we are open, the more we will remove this huge veil of secrecy, mystery and shame around sexuality, which would solve a lot of issues in sexually repressed societies.
Also, though the series is set in a fictional time and land, I feel it is based on middle ages with magic thrown in. It does make me appreciate, how bad women’s rights were until recently and how much we should be grateful for. The only role women seem to have in the series (with few exceptions) is to get fucked, bear children and used as pawns to gain/lose power/kingdoms. No rights. No identity without a man. We sure have made a lot of progress. Who would have believed that such a show would make you appreciate feminism and women’s rights. A quick search on GOT and feminism shows you that the general sentiment is that women feminists think GOT is misogynist and don’t like watching it. I watch it and am thanking the heavens that I was lucky to be born in this time.
Lastly, please don’t come over and tell me that GOT leads to more rapes/molestations because last time I remember, I have not gone about raping or molesting anyone.