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On "You Win, Or You Die": On the Women of Game of Thrones

@Multiphasic Definitely-- one thing she and Cersei have in common is their attachment to the material and political trappings of ladyship. Margaery's ultimate ambition is probably to be like her grandmother Olenna, a widow who can drink wine and drop truth bombs left and right because she has survived all her men and fulfilled all the requirements of ladyship. Cersei had no such matriarchal leader after her mother Joanna died, and so the model Tywin provides is her only ideal. This is especially interesting since she seems to love and worship the memory of her mother, but only so far as it makes her hate Tyrion for "killing" her in childbirth.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm 1

On "You Win, Or You Die": On the Women of Game of Thrones

I find a comparison between Cersei and Daenerys to be more illustrative. Cersei only values masculinist displays of power-- killing, fucking, political bartering-- whereas Dany makes the effort to fold her exertions of power into her femininity-- her girlhood and motherhood. I appreciated how the HBO adaptation makes more of an effort to draw alliances between Dany and other women ("All Men Must Die, but we're women") than the books do (from what I recall).

GRRM's books go into far more detail on Cersei's virulent, paranoid misogyny, though, which is also important to an understanding of her motivation. Circumscribed by patriarchal modes of power as they both are, Cersei and Margaery are enemies because Margaery seems better able to withdraw her true self into the performance of ladyship, whereas Cersei was always bitter at being cheated of patriarchal power. Cersei wants nothing more than to opt out of ladyship, as Arya did, but seems too rigid to reject the few benefits offered to "ladies" in patriarchal feudalism.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm 2

On Mad Men, Season 7 Premiere: Is This Where the Fire Starts?

This episode made me think a lot about being "too much" (read: a woman) in a male-dominated environment. Peggy and Joan struggle for excellence and no matter what, men read them as pushing too hard, getting too emotional, asking too much. They are excessive, always too present, as if their femininity could spill out and make a mess at any moment. So Joan drinks between business calls and Peggy cries behind closed doors.

Basically, B E E N T H E R E.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm 3

On You're So Bad

@shiv brb starting comedy club called "the matriarchy"

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:36 am 2

On Excellent, An Ayn Rand Musical

sighing until my soul leaves my body

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:17 am 1

On Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith in Conversation

I want to read these people, but I tend to find fiction about academics/academia reallllly tiresome. Are they still worth reading?

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:46 am 0

On Your Inner Sailor Scout Based on Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type

It's okay, I'm Sailor Pluto, I'll just sit here having ONLY long-distance relationships.

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm 1

On Drinking Up and Sitting Down With the Men's Men at the Nashville Whiskey Festival

"My love of whiskey, initially 70 percent affectation, was slowly becoming sincere." <3

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm 0

On What Is the Difference Between Mascara, Eye-Liner and Concealer? Six Philosophical Inquiries

The only sane response to silliness is truly next-level operatic silliness. Applause.

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm 4

On No Country For Old Miley: Cormac McCarthy Describes the Video for “We Can’t Stop”

*in the voice of Michael Fassbender* Perfection.

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm 0