George R.R. Martin, the author who wrote the novels on which the popular HBO series Game of Thrones is based, explained and defended the inclusion of sexual violence against women in the books and on the show. A furor erupted recently after one episode depicted Sansa Stark being raped by her new husband on her wedding night. Many critics and fans thought the show went too far. Martin responded, telling Entertainment Weekly, “I’m writing about war, which [is] what almost all epic fantasy is about. But if you’re going to write about war, and you just want to include all the cool battles and heroes killing a lot of orcs … and you don’t portray [sexual violence], then there’s something fundamentally dishonest about that. Rape, unfortunately, is still a part of war today. It’s not a strong testament to the human race, but I don’t think we should pretend it doesn’t exist.”
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