This anatomy and these dance poses are freaking amazing.
I’m eternally jealous.


I feel like I just walked in on something very private



Turns out the world isn’t such a bad place after all. 

Wonderful things happen every day, just remember that when it seems like the world is nothing but shit.



I look like an extremely professional fashionable woman in an Abaya. It probably took me AGES to look this professional right?image

WRONG. I’m actually wearing my onesie underneath it and you will NEVER KNOW MWAHAHAHA


Wanna know another secret? Even though i LOOK like I’m paying attention to whatever nonsense you are saying…..







Disclaimer: I’ve been wanting to write this for a while, and you can take from it what you will. This is just my opinion, offering a different perspective to a commonly held belief about Sansa. 

This post contains spoilers for A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows

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Some definitions:

Imperialism: the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies.

Colonialism the control or governing influence of a nation over a dependent country, territory, or people.


Some friendly reminders:

(1) Slaver’s Bay is extremely resource poor. As Dany discovers in ADWD, their economy is based on slavery because they produce little else worth exporting (Meereen produces olives and that’s about it). Thus, the main way you might theoretically exploit them economically is by taking advantage of their slave industry, as the Valyrian Freehold did. Obviously, Dany’s not interested in that.

(2) Daenerys did not conquer Slaver’s Bay to exploit any of its resources. She didn’t even intend to rule it or to control it in any way (other than making sure slavery remains illegal). She had no ulterior motives for it (other than, in the case of Astapor, to gather an army). Her opposition to slavery is not a “pretext”; you’d have disregard the totality of her chapters and her character development to claim that it was. 

(3) Dany does not act on behalf of another “empire or nation.” She has a claim to the Iron Throne, but she not recognized as such by either the people of Westeros or the people of Essos. Dany is not a representative of Westeros (in that Westeros neither benefits from nor can be held responsible for her actions). In fact, she does not legally represent any nation.

(4) Westeros is not more “civilized” than Essos, by almost any measure. When places like Qarth and Meereen brag about their history, culture, and wealth— they mean it. The Ghiscari empire fell almost 5000 years before AL. Westeros has never been an imperialist power. Groups from Essos have conquered Westeros four times— the First Men, the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the Targaryens. (x) Westeros has never conquered any part of Essos (as noted above, Daenerys conquering Slaver’s Bay does not mean that Westeros now has control over Slaver’s Bay because she has no control over Westeros). The Essosi view the Westerosi as savages (see Daenerys II, ASoS for examples).

(5) Daenerys is not ethnically other to the peoples of Essos. The Valyrians are Essosi. Her family has ruled Westeros for 300 years, but thanks to inbreeding, she’s mostly Valyrian and, more importantly, looks it.

(6) In the books, many of the slaves are not racially other to Daenerys. Essosi slavery is rather like Roman slavery— people are not enslaved on the basis of race and the Meereenese do not, as slaveholders in the US did, use race as a way to rationalize their actions. The Quartheen and Lysene are notably fair-skinned. Many of the people in the Free Cities are white, too. There are sometimes Westerosi slaves, too— Tyrion and Jorah later become slaves.

Note: Let me know if any of this wrong and I’ll correct it. This is meant to be purely factual information.


Basically, the ways in which Dany’s storyline evokes colonialism boils down to: (1) She is white. (2) She frees slaves. (3) All (in the show) or some (in the books) of these slaves are non-white. If this is supposed to be a portrayal/critique of imperialism, it’s an awfully bad one.

But it doesn’t matter, you might be saying. It still evokes racist undertones, and that perpetuates perceptions about White Man’s Burden and white saviors and all that.

I agree. It does, and that matters. It was really, really shitty of GRRM to a plotline in which a white young woman frees slaves on a continent that he has coded as ambiguously Eastern. It was really shitty of him to have the Dornish be the sexually liberated bunch and for the Dothraki to be the ones that are uniformly down for some raping and pillaging.

But if you want to understand the storyline, if you want to understand Dany’s character or Essosi politics or the series’ themes about politics, governance, and ethics or any other question within the text— this analysis of Dany as a white savior is not going to help you. These questions may seem insignificant in the face of racism, but hey, I’m here writing nearly 1000 words about a plotline in a fantasy book series/TV show, so “priorities” have left the station. I’ll assume that if you’re reading this, you too care about what this storyline means within the text. And if this interpretation is all you can see, you’re going to miss a whole lot.

Dany is not racist. She doesn’t have a white savior complex— she has a savior complex. Dany did not conquer Slaver’s Bay because she thought Westerosi culture was superior to Essos culture and the books do not take the position that Westeros is (morally, culturally, etc) superior to Essos.  The books do not take the position that it was morally wrong of Dany to intervene in Slaver’s Bay’s practices— or that the Meereenese have the right to enslave other peoples in the name of cultural relativism. She’s not a neocon a la George Bush (in fact, I argue she’s actually the opposite). 

A portrayal/criticism of imperialism/colonialism just not the point of the storyline. It is an unintended consequence of an arc conceived sometime in the 1990s by a cishet white man of my grandparents’ generation. (Call the press!)

(If you want to talk about what the arc might actually about, this is a good place to start, though not without its flaws.)

What’s more, in many cases these imperialism/colonialism interpretations give GRRM credit for presenting a critique of imperialism instead of criticizing him for the hugely racist subtext of the series. The portrayal of the Dothraki is problematic. The portrayal of the Dornish is problematic. The other-ization of Essosi peoples is problematic. GRRM is not a paragon of racial consciousness and he deserves to be criticized as such.

I like problematic things, and I’ll bet you you do, too. And it’s not Dany— it’s ASoIaF and George R. R. Martin.


PS: I will not respond to any post that calls me racist, or accuses me of being a self-hating or subpar POC.






A handy guide to some of the terrible things the Mail has printed since 1924.

This barely scratches the surface, though, I find it hard to believe they didn’t do anything terrible between 1956 and 1984.

and yet people still use it as a source

leftists from outside the UK still use it as a source

you all need to stop using the Daily Mail as a source FOREVER. Do not reblog, do not link, do not go to their site because they profit off ad traffic, and tell anybody you see doing any of these to immediately and permanently stop. We can’t run them into the ground but we can at least put a little dent in their profits and we can at least stop legitimising their bile by giving them anything other than negative attention.

yeah even when linking to an article on something trivial like a puppy riding a tricycle, it’s always better to find a different source because getting people to click that link gives them advertising revenue. 

also if you need any more convincing, the founder of the Daily Mail and general trust was an active supporter of the Nazi party, and he used his newspapers to try and influence people to advocate an alliance with Germany

yeah i tried to use it as a source once and i was totally wrong - basically it claimed hitler had charlie chaplin on his hit list…uh no