If they had had a mind to, or had thought about their female audience, they could have built an origin that would have worked for a female character. Women can, in fact, inherit in Dorne, and, at least in some instances, on the Iron Islands. If developers thought of female playable characters as a normal thing to include, rather than as an extra to tack on the end if there’s chance, they wouldn’t have to “force it into the story.” They could develop a character who is female, or even who has to be female, as easily as they can develop a character who has to be male. But time and again, game developers choose not to do so, suggesting that they still believe that (non-sexualised) women’s stories are not worthy of the same consideration as men’s.
I heard this song in the trailer of Pixar’s upcoming movie Brave. So I searched around the net and found the title and meaning.
This song is a Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) song. The song is beautiful. And if you read the meaning, it’ll be much more.
Below I’ll post the translation. And of course, the link to the original lyrics.
My Love Is On the High Seas
On a quiet evening at the beginning of May When the bat was in the skies I heard a tearful young maiden Singing beneath the shadow of the green branches The sun was setting in the sea And no stars yet graced the sky When the young girl sang sorrowfully "My love is on the high seas"
The night's dew began to fall Each bloom yielding softly to the droplets The wind blew in a fragrant breeze Bringing life and renewal to each field The girl tunefully sang her song Quiet and peaceful like the June dew And this chorus constantly repeated "My love is on the high seas"
Day darkened and the stars shone Setting their course amongst the clouds The maiden sat, burdened by her sadness Her singing could not have been more soothing I moved closer to the young woman Singing of her love sailing on the sea Oh sweet was her sad lament "My love is on the high seas"
The music enticed me Nearer to the brown-haired maiden of the warm eyes And she prayed to the King of Heaven "Protect my love on the high seas" Her heart was breaking with love When I took her by the hand "Wipe your eyes, your love is safe I have returned to you from the high seas."
So the producers, writers and directors of ‘Game of Thrones’ seem to think that the female characters are only worth paying attention to if they are badass. Like Dany, Arya and Brienne.
Now, I love Dany, Arya and Brienne. I want to hug them all and bake them chocolate chip cookies.
I disagree with the writers, producers and directors’ definition of ‘badass’. Which unfortunately seems limited to ‘kills people with swords and/or dragons’.
And that’s sad, because they—and all of us in the audience—are missing the chance to get to see a different kind of badassery depicted.
I’ll use my homegirl Sansa Stark as an example. Despite being a HUGE presence in the books, she’s still tragically underrepresented on the show. I presume this is because she does not use a sword or have dragons or kill people.
And yet. AND YET.
She is able to successfully manipulate Joffrey’s vanity in order to save a man’s life. Note that her actions PREVENTED A SINGLE SWORD FROM BEING DRAWN IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Now there is some bullshit flying around that ‘manipulative’ is a bad thing. Especially when women do it. And I’ll answer with this: it is not ALWAYS a bad thing. It can be used for good, as Sansa does in that brilliant scene.
The reason it’s so reviled for women to manipulate (in more or less a similar way to the way that male characters, such as Tyrion. do—and kindly note, Tyrion is regularly praised by the fandom for his manipulative efforts) is because women aren’t supposed to have any power. Women are not supposed to be resourceful and FIND their own power within the system that oppresses them. They aren’t supposed to maintain things like dignity and honor. Those are for boys! /sarcasm
Oh, and in case y’all didn’t notice, when Sansa is stripped and beaten in that gut-wrenching scene? NOTE THAT SHE WALKS THE FUCK OUT OF THERE WITH HER HEAD HELD HIGH. Like a fucking queen.
She did not compromise herself in that scene. Tyrion rescued her (and to an extent, Sandor), but it was Sansa who carried herself out that door, and she did it LIKE A BOSS.
And I thought, how sad, there are still some who cannot appreciate how badass she is right here. Because she went through something horrible and traumatic, and SHE WALKED AWAY WITH HER HEAD HELD HIGH.
And she didn’t need a sword. Her dignity became her weapon, as powerful as any sword, or dragon, for that matter.