As you can see, the entire female population of A Game of Thrones breaks up into one of three catagories, or some combination thereof. 

Let’s compare a situation from A Game of Thrones to real life so that we can further elucidate the difference between our world and Martin’s. If you were a male in the world as we know it, and a buddy came up to you and said, “hey man, I totally had sex last night,” your response might be, “how was it?” or perhaps “who was the chick?” or something like that. In Martin’s world, the typical responses would be: 

  • “How many times did you rape her?” 
  • “How much did she cost?” 
  • “How many other guys raped her before you got your chance?” 
  • “Did you slit her throat after you raped her or did you just beat her and leave her for dead?”

Rape isn’t just an unfortunate reality of the world, it’s fucking institutionalized, much like having a beer while you watch a sporting event, or registering for the draft when you turn 18. Win a fight, rape a woman. Get a pay raise, rape a woman. Come of age, rape a woman. If you’re a male in aSoIaF and you don’t rape women, you’re something of a social outcast, and you’ll get stares and hard looks and death threats akin to those a child molester would get in our world. 

Make no mistake, if you’re a female in aSoIaF and you’re lucky, you’ll get married off to some lord because you’re the daughter of one, and you’ll only have to put up with having sex with some guy you don’t necessarily know or like. If you’re a commoner, you might as well become a whore, because at least you get paid when any given male who happens upon you fucks your dignity and shame into a couple of distant memories. If you don’t go that route, you’re simply doomed to be raped day in and day out with no compensation at all. 

(via Why So Hostile)

The refrain that child rape is a reality in the Church is twice wrong: let’s get it straight—they weren’t children and they weren’t raped. We know from the John Jay study that most of the victims have been adolescents, and that the most common abuse has been inappropriate touching (inexcusable though this is, it is not rape). The Boston Globe correctly said of the John Jay report that “more than three-quarters of the victims were post pubescent, meaning the abuse did not meet the clinical definition of pedophilia.” In other words, the issue is homosexuality, not pedophilia.”

-Bill Donohue, president of Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

The issue is SEXUAL ABUSE not homosexuality.

Homosexuality is NOT synonymous with rape, sexual abuse, or child molestation. Despite what Mr. Donhue here seems to think, most gay men don’t go around raping/abusing children (or anyone for that matter).

Homosexuality is not a crime, but what they are being accused of is. 

If its teachings were pro-abortion, pro–gay marriage and pro–women clergy, the dogs would have been called off years ago.

– Bill Donohue

Actually we’d still think rape, sexual abuse, pedophilia were criminal acts that need to be punished.

There is a moral panic in America over young women’s sexuality—and it’s entirely misplaced. Girls “going wild” aren’t damaging a generation of woman. The myth of sexual purity is. The lie of virginity—the idea that such a thing even exists—is ensuring that young women’s perception of themselves is inextricable from their bodies, and that their ability to be moral actors is absolutely dependent on their sexuality. It’s time to teach our daughters that their ability to be good people depends on their being good people, not on whether or not they’re sexually active.

– Jessica Valenty, The Purity Myth

(via Let’s Be Human)

On March 29, 2011, a Texas-based group called LifeAlways erected three billboards in an African American community on the southside of Chicago with the message, “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.”  These billboards also feature an image of President Barack Obama.  Send a message to the sponsors of these billboards to”Stop Targeting Black Women — Take Down the Racist Abortion Billboards in Chicago.” 

Sign Petition Against Racist, Anti-choice Billboards at Change.org

Florida Independent: If birth control was not “controversial” earlier this week, it is definitely about to be. Today, the Florida Senate budget committee adopted an amendment that strikes family planning, including birth control, from Medicaid bill 1972.

The amendment removes line 4186 of the Medicaid bill, which provides “family planning services” for low-income families and replaces it with an amendment that says that state Medicaid plans may elect to not provide birth control and other family planning services “due to an objection on moral or religious grounds.”

[Warning trigger: Rape, Rape Culture, Mocking Rape]

This is absolutely sickening. This postcard used to be sold on Etsy till 17,000 signatures forced them to stop.

(via Talkin’ Reckless)