Sophie Turner said she first learned about oral sex from seeing it written out in a Game of Thrones script. “The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the script. I was like… ‘Wow! People do that? That’s fascinating!’” She was quoted as saying in an article in the U.K. Sunday Times. “I guess that was my sex education.” For the full article visit here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/the-times-magazine/sophie-turner-growing-up-on-game-of-thrones-l8b66936b

When Sansa Stark was forced to marry Ramsey Bolton and then viciously raped and brutalized, it raised an uproar amongst Game of Thrones fans. Many thought it was untasteful and that a main character like Sansa shouldn’t experience such brutality. Then there were the fans who thought that GOT producers and George R. R. Martin were using rape as an entertainment tool. Many angry fans turned away and turned off the tube in protest. They said he was gaslighting a disgusting act of rape and violence.

However, is all gaslighting bad? According to the actress who plays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO show Games of Thrones which will return on July 16, that the violent sex her character experienced raised a big issue present in real life, “Sexual assault wasn’t something that had affected me or anybody I knew, so I was pretty blasé about the whole thing,” Turner stated. “Naively so. And then I shot the scene, and in the aftermath there was this huge uproar that we would depict something like that on television.”

I’ve read numerous articles stating that the nudity and violence on the show actually turn off female audiences. Honestly, in my case, I am pretty blasé about that stuff. Reason being is because the story and the characters are so brilliant and engaging that I hardly notice all that. And that’s the gaslighting. Sex and violence are ever present in our daily lives. Perhaps some gaslighting is needed to make us actually care what really happens to regular people on a daily basis?

If Game of Thrones has anything, it is a lot of sex and violence. Someone like Sansa is supposed to be completely pure and free from those things. Like Turner before reading her scripts, she was supposed to be immune from sex or be sexless. Well, she fell off that pedestal. Maybe that’s what her character was supposed to do. She had to crash and burn before she could reemerge as the person she is to become in the story. Be it, a survivor of sexual violence. We all saw what eventually happened to Bolton. Now that was karma.

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