Thursday, February 20, 2014

When Women Play the Game: Lysa Tully


Lysa Tully by Elia Fernández

Lysa Tully Arryn has been controlled her entire life, whether she knew it or not, first by her father and then by Petyr Baelish.  Seemingly, she had never been controlled by her husband Lord Jon Arryn.  They had never been taken to each other.  Lysa never wanted to be his wife and wallowed in her own pity, building her childish revenge her entire life.  While her want of her own life to choose for her own happiness is admirable, she suffers great grief and fights her arranged life.  Lord Hoster Tully married off his daughters for a larger army, even if they want a different life, like Lysa did.  Catelyn was arranged to an honorable, yet stubborn, family.  She admits the length it took her to warm to the North and the Starks, but she built a love with Ned and their family. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When Women Play the Game: The She-Bears


Dacey Mormont by Elia Fernández
While women in A Song of Ice and Fire often tend to be defined by motherhood, widowhood, grief, masculinity, vengeance, or power hunger, the Mormont women combine elements of all the women, save for the vindictive sides.  They tend to be elegant, powerful, smart, cunning, martial, bold, and resourceful.  Commander Mormont tells Jon that Maege “is a hoary old snark, stubborn, short-tempered, and willful” ("Jon", A Game of Thrones, Chapter 70).  As likely the only (at least noble) women in Robb’s company, Maege and Dacey understood and probably even sympathized with Catelyn’s plight in releasing Jaime in returning her daughters.  They were women after all, and they seemed to show self-worth but also exude worth to others.  

SPOILERS AHEAD

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Expanding an Empire

Anything You Can Do is expanding into the world of tumblr!  I know I'm really late on that boat, but I don't update enough on here, since it's more of an analytical blog than it is a news source.  On the new tumblr, you'll find fun posts like gifs of our favorite shows and comic art from female creators.  Go on!  Check it out and follow!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Review: Amazons of Black Sparta by Stanley B. Alpern

I apparently wanted Stanley B. Alpern's Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey so much that I bought it twice on the same Amazon order.  Oops.  I'm glad to support such tireless efforts as Alpern's, though, due to his continual search more more research on the "Amazons" of Dahomey.  While his extensive research and thorough delivery of others' findings, the book is not as well-written as one might find with the likes of Antonia Frasier.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

When Women Play the Game: Lady Olenna Redwyne and Margaery Tyrell

Olenna by by Elia Fernández
Lady Olenna is feared and known as a spidery woman, full of secrets and wickedness, despite her small stature and pleasant, sophisticated demeanor.  Her grandson Loras tells Sansa after she asks if the Queen of Thorns  is her name: “It is. You'd best not use that name in her presence, though, or you're like to get pricked” (A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6).  Even to the reader, she may be deceiving to the point that she acts more decrepit and handicapped than she is.  She firmly believes that to fear someone is to do what they say.  She had wanted to beat her son more often so that he might heed her words.

SPOILERS AHEAD