(title taken from the poem of the same name by Suheir Hammad)
I’m crawling out of my little fandom hole because three episodes in, I’m becoming increasingly irritated at how Oberyn Martell and the Dornish on a whole are being portrayed in Game of Thrones.
Apparently, when not attending weddings, Oberyn and Ellaria can be found exclusively in a brothel inciting an orgy of some sort. Even when they do attend outside events, they are drawn to the scantily clad contortionist or to propositioning fellow guests by suggestively eating food. Yes, Dorne is more sexually permissive than other areas of Westeros. Paramours are common, noble-born women have sex before and outside of marriage, and bastards are not scorned and hidden away. For the writers of Game of Thrones, this means one thing: more sex scenes.
Instead of highlighting how racist the Westerosi attitudes towards Dorne are, the show buys into them, reducing the Dornish so far to a few men in turbans and over sexed characters with quick tempers. So far, Oberyn Martell has spent his time having sex, issuing threats and hotheadedly killing stray Lannister soldiers. Gone is any subtlety he had in the book, where he patiently bided his time with his brother to seek justice for his sister, Elia. Instead show!Oberyn is the orientalist archetype of a highly sexed, overly passionate non-white male, unable to keep either his libido or temper in check.
Coming on top of Essos and how the characters there are PoC who are either cruel, barbaric, avaricious slave owners or slaves who need to be saved by the white saviour character (and this is without mentioning the cringe worthy end of season 3 where Daenery’s crowd surfs a purely brown crowd), this portrayal of Oberyn Martell and Dorne is particularly galling.
For David Benioff and Dan Weiss it seems Oberyn Martell and Dorne is very much their erotic and their exotic.
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imagine bucky and steve speaking french to each other when they don’t want others to understand them and at a briefing for a new mission they start saying some pretty dirty stuff like “ce soir on baise toute la nuit" and natasha gets exasperated and finally says "you do know i understand everything you’re saying right??" and bucky just smirks and replies "viens donc nous joindre”
We can only be friends if you’re kind of an asshole. Not full blown asshole because that’s no fun. And if you’re not an asshole at all then that won’t work either. A halfway asshole. Those are my kind of people.
I think you're insecure and scare that fit guys won't like you, which is why you like the chubs...?
Wow. That’s incredibly rude to suggest that certain people are only found attractive as a secondary choice. First of all, you must be very new here because I’m incredibly confident in myself. Second, I do not have any particular preference for any body type, I simply stated that I’m attracted to a wide spectrum of people and that can include chubby people and fit people. Third, stop viewing chubby people as lesser. Stop thinking that someone dating a chubby person or interested in a chubby person MUST HAVE A LOW VIEW OF THEMSELVES. I can’t believe you’d suggest that someone must be insecure WITH THEMSELVES just to consider someone who wasn’t totally ripped and toned. Get off your high horse. In fact, please fall off of it and break your legs in the process, you burnt marshmallow.
You are not oppressed. You could be discriminated for being straight/white/cis/het but you are not oppressed. I don’t care if “certain cultures” in “certain countries” can oppress you. Because if you have to go to some tiny corner of the world in order to be “oppressed”, you’re not oppressed at all.
Women that oppose feminism because they feel they personally have all the rights and respect they need are so incredibly selfish and ignorant to the plight of women not only in their own country, but across the developing world.
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