George R. R. Martin Says He Is “A Feminist At Heart”

“There was a period in my life when I would have called myself a feminist, back in the seventies, when the feminist movement was really getting going and growing out of the counter culture of the sixties,’ he says. ‘But the feminist movement has changed. Sometime in the 80s and 90s I read some pieces by women saying that no man can ever be a feminist and you shouldn’t call yourself that because it’s hypocritical, so I backed off. I thought if the current crop of feminists believes that no man can be a feminist, then I guess I’m not one.”

Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin spoke with the UK’s Telegraph about how positively women have responded to his books and the HBO series based on them, and, as a result, ended up “coming out” as a feminist. While it appears that he feels somewhat cagey about using the word because some feminists might not accept him, he goes on to articulate his obviously feminist views: “To me being a feminist is about treating men and women the same. I regard men and women as all human — yes there are differences, but many of those differences are created by the culture that we live in, whether it’s the medieval culture of Westeros, or 21st century western culture.” Indeed. Sounds like he’s a feminist to me. While there are certainly some women who are bothered by the at times gratuitous nudity on the show, “Game of Thrones” also has one of the most diverse casts of complex female characters on television, thanks to Martin’s vision. That’s cool in my book. [Telegraph UK]