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Student Research Series | Anna Palm, Media Studies

Media has an effect on people. So when you look at fantasy the women have been put these little boxes like the princess, the witch. I’m a very nerdy person. I love everything about magic and medieval lore. So that’s what drew me to Game of Thrones and the storytelling is very appealing. My goal with this research paper is to show that there is more than one type of woman and there’s many ways to represent women well. There’s no consensus among the fans. Some fans are just furious about how the women are treated and then others are saying like “what but look at the Daenerys the mother of dragons, or Cersei the mad queen, they’re very powerful.” So the four different social types I see in Game of Thrones are warrior maidens, silly mothers, unwomanly women and militant leaders. The warrior maidens are very feminine characters like Sansa Stark who embraces who she is as a woman and still finds power in her femininity. And then you have silly mothers, like Catelyn and Cersei who only care about their children. It’s not about politics. It’s not about what they want. And then you have unwomanly women like Brienne of Tarth and Arya Stark who don’t let the misogynists stop them from picking up a sword and living a life that they want for themselves. And then you have militant leaders like Daenerys, Yara and Margaery who use their femininity as well as their brutality in order to control people in order to gain something. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do for my thesis, if I’m gonna stay in the fantasy genre. If I do, I was thinking about superheroes. And talk about how masculinity has changed in the media. When a group of people are left out, they can feel undervalued, maybe even less of a person. Some of them can have conflict with their identity because they don’t see themselves in anything, in any of the images. I consider myself a feminist and I like to see more equality within, not just in the media but also in the workplace and, ya know, in leadership roles and just more fairness.

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  1. Yay! It was such an honor to make this video with you guys! And fun! I'm so happy that people are interested in my work.

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