Game Of Thrones reveals what’s missing from TV: The female gaze

Game Of Thrones S03E03: Josephine Gillan (left) and Kylie Harris (right) nude scene

PHOTO: Game Of Thrones S03E03: Josephine Gillan (left) and Kylie Harris (right) nude scene
They’re all pretty girls with starting careers, even though Kylie Harris had her first appearance in 2000. They play the whores of Game Of Thrones and walk around naked in that particular scene. Kylie Harris is said to be an amateur model too.

MUCH criticism of Game Of Thrones – and, indeed, of cable TV in general – has focused on its depictions of violence against women.

But, at Salon, Lili Loofbourow points to another problem: Much of television may offer not just too many scenes of brutality towards women, but also too few designed to make them feel good.

In an essay published on Monday, Ms Loofbourow writes about watching Daario Naharis disrobe for Daenarys Targaryen earlier in season four: “The thrill of being invited by the camera to regard a naked man in an explicitly erotic context as a woman drove home how rarely I’ve felt that when watching mainstream TV, let alone ‘prestige’ TV. Only male arousal wins awards.”

Game Of Thrones S03E03: Pixie Le Knot  (contortionist) nude scene
PHOTO: Game Of Thrones S03E03: Pixie Le Knot  (contortionist) nude scene
Pixie Le Knot’s real name is Kennifer Keith. She is also a stunt double.  She portrayed Kayla, a prostitute and a highly skilled contortionist. Kayla is a prostitute in the King’s Landing brothel owned by Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. She is one of only four women in the known world who can bend her body to the extent that she can properly perform a sexual position known as the “Meereenese Knot”. 

She notes that “cultural conversations about sexism in media tend to revolve around negatives – objectification, subjugation, stripped agency”.
However, she argues: “Women deserve erotic pleasure too. Not just penises, but scenes shot with a female viewer’s perspective guiding the camera.

Game Of Thrones S03E03: Pixie Le Knot  (contortionist) nude scene
PHOTO: Game Of Thrones S03E03: Pixie Le Knot  (contortionist) nude scene
Along with Marei and Genna, Kayla is one of the three prostitutes in Littlefinger’s brothel who are hired by Tyrion Lannister to service Podrick Payne as a reward for saving his life in the Battle of the Blackwater.  Kayla and her colleagues are apparently so satisfied with Podrick that they decline payment, much to the astonishment of Tyrion, Bronn, Ros, and even Varys. Read On…