Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2019

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

Department Chair or Program Director

Richards, Gary

First Advisor

Johnson-Young, Elizabeth

Major or Concentration

Communication and Digital Studies


In 2011, HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones premiered for the first time, and fans have followed ever since. While the television series is based on author George R.R. Martin’s book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, there are many artistic decisions that have been made while filming the show, many of which have been critiqued as misogynistic, perpetuating rape culture or reinforcing of stereotypical gender roles. This paper aims to bring light to these claims through the usage of the cultivation theory as well as drawing on information gathered from a survey that was distributed online which included viewers of the show 18 years of age and up. While this paper will focus on ideas from all seven seasons, there will be a particular emphasis on instances that occurred during the first three seasons.

Key words: Misogyny, gender roles, cultivation theory, rape culture