Game of Thrones Rewatch: She Schtups to Conquer

Kristin Devine

Kristin has humbly retired as Ordinary Times' friendly neighborhood political whipping girl to focus on culture and gender issues. She lives in a wildlife refuge in rural Washington state with too many children and way too many animals. There's also a blog which most people would very much disapprove of

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  1. fillyjonk says:

    I’ve never read or seen Game of Thrones, but I just wanted to applaud your title choice. Very nicely played, there.

    Other than that, I don’t know. I admit I would very much like to be desired (I am not) by at least one man – though there are also a lot of situations I see where I go “oh no, not like that” (tangentially related but there’s yet another story out about a student who became so obsessed with his prof that he started dressing like him, got the same tattoos as he had, and apparently even went to a conference claiming to be him).

    The fun sometimes of Mary Sues – at least, making up self-insert fiction – is you get the things you don’t have in real life. I suppose also that’s a lot of the fun of consuming some forms of fiction – you get the “oh wow he really likes me” without the “oh no, not like that” or you even get to try on other personae (the idea of being able to be a perfect metamorph, where you could absolutely 100% be what someone else wants, on the surface, sounds great to me, but when I think more about it, it’s kind of icky, for the same reason that there are fairy tales about princes or princesses who pretend to be humble woodchoppers or weavers in order to find THAT ONE PERSON who will love them for who they are and not for what they can provide for that other person.

    being a human is hard, I guess.Report

    • Thanks! I was hoping someone would get that!

      You are absolutely right – and you’re right fiction does allow us to try on things that IRL would be completely icky and not at all enjoyable.

      And yes, being a human is hard for sure.

      Wow how weird about the professor!Report

      • oh and of course I suspect most people on this site know I stole it from Mel Brooks, but just to give credit where it’s dueReport

        • Oh I am well aware of the Goldsmith play, I think the theater troupe at my high school put it on once.

          The first couple times I saw Blazing Saddles it was the “network edit” and I didn’t know why Lily von Shhhh was supposed to be funny. Then I saw the original version (also after I had learned that particular term). Also, there’s a certain amount of influence THERE from “Destry Rides Again” – an old movie that, IIRC, had Gary Cooper in it and definitely had Marlene Dietrich, who was the proto Lily von Schtupp, but she was known in there as “Frenchie,” (despite being German. Though I wonder if “French” was a sexual term back in those days they managed to sneak past the film board)Report