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1.0 out of 5 stars sexist flop, 30 July 1999
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This review is from: A Game of Thrones: 1 (Song of Ice and Fire) (Mass Market Paperback)
It was suggested that I would like this book because I like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. However, those suggesting that forget that the reason so many women like Jordan's books is because of their strong, independent, and respected women. This novel treats its women in any way but that. How many times do breasts, "teats", sadism of women, and helplessness/insignificance of women need to be talked about in just the first few chapters? Men will probably like this book but I suggest women save their money.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2010 14:44:34 BDT
S. Denney says:
Helpless and insignificant women? Have you properly read this book? Catelyn, Arya, Daenerys, and even the vile Cersei are certainly not helpless. They're shown to be at least the equal of men in terms of intelligence, cunning and physical strength. Maybe you gave up early on, which is a shame.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2010 10:01:47 BDT
the sexist characters are made that way so that you don't like them! they're the VILLAINS. note people like ned stark are honourable to women, and that's a way of making you respect them. don't mistake villains for the author - they're fictional characters!

Posted on 25 Apr 2011 11:28:46 BDT
S. Chaplin says:
My advice to you is to never read anything. The baddies will surely make you upset.

Posted on 5 Jun 2011 20:55:33 BDT
Disliking a book because of rampant sexism is reasonable, surely there have to be some characters you like, and I find (and I am no new man, sadly!) that such writing just leaves me bored and with a foul taste in my mouth.
Good review.

Posted on 15 Jun 2011 21:31:52 BDT
Daz says:
Not only is this review un-helpfull I also found it offesive.
Arya Stark is my favorite character in the book. Enough said I think.

Posted on 12 Aug 2011 16:49:39 BDT
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Posted on 12 Aug 2011 16:51:29 BDT
giverny says:
I have to agree with others above. There are some "helpless" women, and some of the women are subjected to sexism, but you can't have every woman in the book being an awesomely independent feminist, as that would not represent the way the world is.

I would have said the most helpless (I am not sure about insignificant, having only read the first book) character I read about was Samwell Tarly, the boy who joins the Night's Watch. The vast majority of the main female characters are very powerful and independent.

Posted on 29 Dec 2011 13:10:34 GMT
Sarah T says:
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Posted on 22 May 2012 10:40:58 BDT
Have you actually read the book before writing this review?

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