HEY HEY HEY HEYYYYYYYY MY FAVORITE QUEER DRUNK ASSHOLE POET TURNED 450 TODAY (and let me tell you, there is a lot of competition for the title “favorite queer drunk asshole poet”)
BUT as we all know, there is some controversy over who ACTUALLY wrote shakespeare’s plays!
so in order to mark this SERIOUS and LEGITIMATE issue, i have compiled the most likely theories in this comprehensive list:
- in julius caesar, cassius says, “this is my birthday; on this very day cassius was born.” on that same day, cassius DIES. guess who else was not only born on april 23, but died april 23?? that’s right, shakespeare. english playwright? or ancient roman ghost bent on revenge? YOU BE THE JUDGE.
- shakespeare married a woman called anne hathaway. BATMAN ALSO MARRIED ANNE HATHAWAY. have you ever seen shakespeare and batman in the same place at the same time??????
- lived in london? totally encountered prostitutes several times? probably spoke english? william shakespeare……. or JACK THE RIPPER
- uh, excuse me, an uneducated glovemaker’s son couldn’t possibly have written the 38 works of art attributed to shakespeare. please consider instead this picture of a cat pushing another cat in a shopping cart. you’re welcome.
- ””“”“”“”“”“president obama????”“”“”“”“” more like PRESIDENT WILLIAMSHAKESPOBAMA. wake UP, america
- ME I’M WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE I HAVE BEEN SHAKESPEARE ALL ALONG AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA YOU FOOLS YOU IGNORANT FOOLS
Rosencrantz: Do you think Death could possibly be a boat?
Guildenstern: No, no, no… Death is “not.” Death isn’t. Take my meaning? Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can’t not be on a boat.
Rosencrantz: I’ve frequently not been on boats.
Guildenstern: No, no… What you’ve been is not on boats."
— Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (via genocidaltheta)
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zanmor asked: In regards to rape in Martin's books, I think the most troubling might be (SPOILER) in the 4th or 5th book when Asha Greyjoy is sexually assaulted. I haven't read it in awhile either, but as I recall that scene starts off as a rape or at least physical assault but then maybe Asha decides she enjoys it? And it gives a lot more detail (like how various sex organs feel and stuff) like other sex scenes Martin writes.
See, I remember reading a graphic sex scene involving Asha Greyjoy, but as I recall, she was very much an active participant (there was something along the lines of her thinking how riding a man makes her feel powerful?).
It’s embarrassing how little I remember of the last two books though, so I could be completely wrong here. Maybe I’m mixing up two entirely different chapters, I’m not sure.
The chapter in question. The scene starts about 20 paragraphs down. I just reread it because I too am fuzzy on details from A Dance With Dragons.
In the scene Qarl forces sex on Asha who very, very much enjoys it (not that that doesn’t make it rape, of course) … and then after it’s over we find out that they’ve been sleeping together for years and the scene becomes very tender with Asha musing over their relationship and how she would gladly marry him if she could. Then she mounts him and they have sex again, much gentler this time, and it’s unclear whether what just happened was a rape fantasy role play or not.
The scene is much more explicit and detailed than Martin’s rape scenes usually are (it reads more like one of his consensual scenes), so I think it was role play, but it’s still really disorienting and unpleasant since, if that’s the case, the reader is still led to believe that Asha is being raped up until the point when the carpet is metaphorically pulled out from under us and we’re not sure anymore.
It’s a shade too ambiguous for me and I could see how some readers might take it as 100% non-consensual.
library-a-go-go asked: Tw: rape. Okay, I'm not sure if you've covered this yet. I'm hearing a lot of hullabaloo about the newest Game of Thrones episode, in regards to a rape that didn't actually happen in the books. That aside, I've heard that a lot of rapes DO happen in the books, and that women are generally treated poorly and as objects for men, in one way or another. Any thoughts on this? Are there redeeming qualities to the books or is it a cringe-fest? That's a huge hurdle to me reading them.
Disclaimer: It’s been two years since I last read the books, so I’m a bit foggy on the details, especially since I basically binged on them for three months straight until I’d finished all five books in a row. Not the best way to go about it, as it turns out, because there is a lot that I don’t remember reading at all. Therefore, I’m probably not the best person to write about this, but I’m going to give it a whirl anyway.
As I recall, yes, rape is an aspect of this society that Martin has created. It’s basically medieval times. Rape is mentioned a lot, I think every female character has at least been threatened to get raped at one point or another… It is a weapon in itself, a constant threat. However, Martin at least seems very aware of what he’s doing and is very concerned with showing that rape is one of the many ways in which this society is corrupt. Often the rape is part of the “pillage and plunder” package, a thing that happens regularly in wartime but that definitely should not happen. It is very much a horror. Also, he makes it very clear that some lords do consider it to be a serious crime: the Starks send rapists to the Wall and Stannis castrates them. It’s a misogynistic world, but the books do not condone this, and Martin tries to give the female characters as much agency as possible within the constraints of the universe.
The showrunners, on the other hand, often seem to be out for shock value and seem much more accepting of rape as “just how this world works.” Some of the changes they’ve made from the books are very telling. Remember how Ros, a prostitute character created for the show, died? That shot of her tied to the bedpost, naked, pierced with arrows, is deeply troubling (you can read more on that scene here).
I haven’t seen the latest episode yet because I’ve been too busy with exams and deadlines, but what I’ve heard so far is very upsetting, mostly because the director seems to think that it was consensual whereas most viewers fervently disagree. Even mainstream critics are calling the showrunners out on it. If it is rape (again, haven’t seen it yet, but let’s assume that it is), not only did they completely waltz over some of Jaime’s defining characteristics, not only did they add more rape to an already rape-riddled narrative (I wish there was a better way to put that) to make an already shocking scene even more shocking, but they also take power away from Cersei, who in the books actively uses sex as a weapon and a way to control people.
That said, if you are sensitive to this kind of thing, my advice would be to not read the books. Sex is a big part of the series, often graphically described, and if you already feel uncomfortable at the thought of it, it will not be a pleasurable reading experience. Personally, the fact that Martin (mostly) seems aware of what he is doing and has thought things through made it acceptable for me, and the series is overall quite phenomenal in terms of scope and world-building. In the end, I can’t make this decision for you, but I hope this in some way has helped you make up your mind. Perhaps my followers can weigh in too, especially those who remember the books better than I do.
(It’s disturbing how much I’ve been writing about rape these last couple of weeks, I don’t like this at all.)
Firstly, yes, the books feature several scenes (and mentions) of rape and physical abuse to women. However, these things are never condoned by the narrative.
Secondly, while female characters are treated poorly by many of the men (and other women) around them, they are not treated poorly by George R.R. Martin. His female characters are honestly some of the most complex and fully-fleshed female characters I’ve seen in a long time. The narrative often encourages us to root for them and even when we aren’t meant to (as with the case with Cersei), they are still handled with a degree of sympathy that invites the reader to understand how and why they became villains themselves (whether the reader chooses to empathize is another story).
This is part of the reason why so many fans are so angry with the show, which consistently does disservice to its female characters.
TW: Rape The recent Jaime/Cersei scene in the show definitely does not play as consensual.
In the book, Cersei is hesitant at first during this scene because she’s afraid of being caught, not because she doesn’t want to have sex, but after a few moments kisses Jaime back, embraces him, enthusiastically shouts “yes” repeatedly when he’s inside her, and says all kinds of other things about how Jaime is “home now”.
In the show, she says no. Jaime forces her to the ground and holds her down while she continues saying “no” and telling him to stop and that this isn’t right. He tells her “I don’t care” and keeps going. At no point does Cersei give a sign that she wants this or is enjoying it. It’s a rape. It’s awful.
It’s also egregiously out of character for Jaime who abhors rape.
If the show runners thought they were writing a consensual or even dub-con scene, they failed. They wrote a rape and they know they wrote a rape. It would’ve taken two seconds for Cersei to say something, anything, that implied that she wanted the sex. One line, but no. They chose to make the scene a rape, once again using sexual violence for shock value.
I think you just hit the nail on the head when it comes to the problem of the show and its handling of rape.
In the books, it’s always clear that “This is how this world is and it is monstrous”.
In the show (and the comments by the show runners and far too many fans), it’s more like “This is how this world is. Deal with it.”