Whitewashing real life in fiction

This reminds me of recent complaints about Game of Thrones and its portrayal of the rape of a woman. I don’t watch GoT, but the complaints I’ve heard from both the left and the right is that GoT is essentially using women in an abusive way because women are usually the victims GoT profits off the violence and bloodshed.

Well, I have to wonder. Do we as a society do worse when we paint a rosy colored world of “Leave it to Beaver” and pretend that women are never brutalized? I think that today, when a book, movie or TV show shows something graphic, the creators expect the audience to respond with revulsion and a vow that they would never condone such treatment. And I think that this IS the general response by viewers. They don’t like seeing it, but they know its real life (even in such a fictional world). Its not like not showing it will make it not happen!

The quote that inspired this post is below. These are slave children and we just met another slave who had his jaw half blown off by a pitch explosion. These boys are cooking just such a concoction.

“Drums Of Autumn (Outlander, Book 4)” by Diana Gabaldon –

“A small boy of seven or eight was perched on a high, rickety stool, stirring the pot with a long stick; a taller youth stood by with an enormous ladle, with which he removed the lighter layer of purified turpentine at the top of the kettle, depositing this in a barrel to one side.

As I watched them, a slave came out of the forest, leading a mule, and headed for the kettle. Another man came to help, and together they unloaded the barrels—plainly heavy—from the mule, and upended them into the kettle, one at a time, with a great whoosh of pungent yellowish pinesap.

“Och, ye’ll want to stand back a bit, mum,” Josh said, taking my arm to draw me away from the fire. “The stuff does splash a bit, and happen it should take fire, ye wouldna want to be burnt.””

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