“Game Of Thrones”: The Penis Problem

I been saying for years that HBO has a double standard about nudity: tons of breasts and pudenda, no penises. The network’s current top show, “Game of Thrones,” carries this difference to the point of absurdity, as Melissa Leon points out: ‘The problem comes when that squeamishness interferes with the one aspect of this show that should be held sacred above all: the storytelling. The show’s makers keep refusing to depict full-frontal male nudity even in scenes where it plays a direct role in the plot. In the context of “Game of Thrones” and its otherwise unflinching gaze on sex and brutality, this is worse than ridiculous. It’s distracting for viewers.’

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