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Dear Men: Why Does Daenerys Targaryen Threaten You So Much?

Daenerys Targaryen – Dubbed “Dany” by fans — is a prime example of a badass female character. She exudes confidence, perseverance, compassion and has all of the qualities of a good leader.

“While Daenerys does listen to others, she also understands that she is responsible for the final decision. And she stands by it with unwavering conviction.” (Source)

Daenerys is a character from the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones, which is currently thriving into its seventh season. Now I know fans of Game of Thrones have always been both passionate and opinionated, however, the discourse over the most recent episode has me baffled.


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The final scene in the most recent episode of Game of Thrones was not only a brutal battle between the Dothraki and the Lannister army, but we got to see Daenerys and one of her dragons, Drogon, unleash fiery hell. Daenerys is a leader of compassion, patience and overall usually careful with making her military moves, but in this episode, we got to see her take a big step in her plan to take back what is rightfully hers, the Iron Throne.

This is when the uproar began, for many male fans and (most likely) self-proclaimed “Meninists” were outraged at Dany for attacking the Lannister army (after being provoked again and again) and were quick to post their thoughts all over social media.

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Of course, people are allowed to express how they feel about a television show, but what I won’t stand for is slander of a character simply because she’s a woman. In comparison to other characters on the show, Daenerys Targaryen is nothing short from a saint. Male characters on the show are free to rape, pillage, murder, and even have repeated sex with their sister and be praised for it, meanwhile when a female character takes action and dips her toe into the shows warfare, she is classified as “going mad like her father,” or as some politely put it “a crazy b**ch.”

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So Dear Men, please stop using the hit TV series Game of Thrones as a curtain to spew your sexist views, because Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons isn’t going to slow her roll for any man, any time soon.

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Matthew Reid is a 20 year old Canadian student majoring in Television and Video Production. He is a self proclaimed intersectional feminist, comic-book geek, and avid baby carrot enthusiast. — Contact him at

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