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Joffrey Has Some Profound Thoughts On 'Game Of Thrones' Treatment Of Women

By Kristy Puchko | Game of Thrones | July 30, 2015 |

By Kristy Puchko | Game of Thrones | July 30, 2015 |

Current cast members of Game of Thrones may have to play the game of press and toe the line when asked about the show’s controversial treatment of female characters. But having been offed in the Purple Wedding ep, Jack Gleeson has no qualms about opening up.

You’ve heard that this Irish ingendude is the total opposite of reprehensible brat king Joffrey. But if Gleeson keeps this up, he could be Pajiba 10 material. Asked by The Daily Beast about the show’s “often-brutal treatment of women,” Gleeson answered:

“It’s a tricky thing when you are representing misogyny in that way because I wouldn’t say the show ever implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women. But, perhaps, it’s still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one.

“Obviously as a 23-year-old man, I can never put myself into the mindset of a woman who has been sexually assaulted, but I think that sometimes you have to represent awful things happening onscreen even if they’re for entertainment because you have to expose the brutality of them, because the chances are you’re not going to see that anywhere. So there’s a chance it engages some kind of empathy but it is a gray area. It might be very traumatic and stressful to watch those scenes.”

Regarding the rape of Sansa Stark, Gleeson said context matters, but could not weigh in as he—like our own Rebecca—is not keeping up with the show.


But where Gleeson really gets us is when he discusses the show’s imbalance of naked women to naked men. He said, “I have heard that there is male nudity—so I think that is one good thing, to not just objectify women but also objectify the beauty of the male genitalia! We’re all objects together.”

Kristy Puchko listens to “The Rains of Castamere” when she’s enraged. It’s strangely soothing.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.