Conservative college student Mitch Hall blends pop culture with punditry to show why campus feminists are wrong about a very popular cable TV series.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past four years, you’ve probably heard about the insanely successful HBO series Game of Thrones. The show, which has quickly become a pop culture phenomenon, has won countless awards and has also achieved somewhat of a cult status, developing a fan base that could rival Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings. Based off of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, the show just wrapped up its fourth season, and since its television debut it has received constant attention from critics in the media. A significant portion of its press, however, is not related to the dragons, dwarves, and addicting drama; instead, the show regularly receives criticisms for the politics of its plot line.

Many feminists, like outspoken blogger Meghan Murphy, unapologetically condemn the show as sexist and anti-feminist, taking issue with the gratuitous sex scenes, depictions of rape, and other on-screen violence directed towards female characters. Other female critics are also quick to point out how some of the episodes fail the Bechdel test, which is essentially a made-up marker designed to “test” the presentation of women in the media. A show or film can only pass this test, named for literary feminist Alison Bechdel, if it includes two female characters who have at least one conversation about something other than a man.

What these critics fail to recognize, however, is the fact that virtually every main female character in Game of Thrones can be considered a feminist in some way or another. Here are just a few examples:

  • Daenerys Targaryen…
  • Brienne of Tarth…
  • Cersei Lanniste…

…Interestingly enough, however, feminists don’t have anything to say about all the violence directed toward men on the show. There’s tons of warfare in which women participate, disturbing torture scenes where women actually use their powers of seduction to help control and even torture men (Gendry & Theon Greyjoy), and on multiple occasions female characters, such as Arya, Melisandre, and Cersei, kill innocent men without consequence.

As for claims of excessive nudity amongst the show’s women, feminists also tend to ignore the undeniable sexualization of the show’s male characters. On several occasions throughout the series viewers have witnessed male private parts, which progressives should actually be applauding, considering the utter absence of male nudity in Hollywood’s past.