There are a tremendous amount of strong, interesting women characters in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. And not all of them get to use sword. Apparently this has caused some strife within the fandom so a group of women got together to talk about three in particular that get a lot of flack: Sansa Stark, Catelyn Tully-Stark, and Cersei Lannister.
The YouTube videos, uploaded by “elsabette” give this description of the series:
A three part series that looks at the (most hated) women in A Song of Ice and Fire: Catelyn, Cersei, and Sansa. Each video will discuss the featured character in depth and analyze the social location of that character and the way her status as a woman has effected her social mobility, health, and overall well-being. These videos are meant to address the issue within fandom of pitting one female character against another and deeming one better due to more masculine behavior. Trigger warning for discussion of abuse.
There’s lot of really interesting analysis in these. Here’s the one on Sansa Stark. Spoilers through A Clash of Kings.
And her mother, Catelyn. Spoilers through A Storm of Swords.
And finally, Cersei Lannister. Spoilers through A Feast for Crows.
P.S. I love all the women in A Song of Ice and Fire. Sue me.