Mulishness and Foolishness

Game of Thrones has problems for sure, but there is something about Brienne of Tarth that kicks me in the feels.

Last night I watched this scene and then had to pause the episode and just cry a little while. (Start at the beginning if you like, or at 2.05 for the tall-girl part, or at 1.04 to also enjoy Podrick being a feminist, which is beautiful)

So… growing up in a culture that tells girls “your worth as a person is directly proportional to how many males desire you,” and also “be small, and cute,” and that tells boys “you are and should be bigger and more powerful than girls in every way”… well, all that together will shape a tall girl, will teach her some things she’ll have to unlearn later, namely: “you are a wrong way.” I mostly think I have unlearned this foolishness, until I see a scene like that and fall apart. I hope that falling-apart is in empathy for my 17 year old self, rather than because I still believe a lot of destructive crap, because nowadays I claim my height and literally laugh in the faces of men I can tell (or who tell me!) fear tall women, but oof. Right in the feels.

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