How “historically accurate” is sexual violence anyway?

George R.R. Martin has defended the use of sexual violence in his Song of Ice and Fire books, and the show Game of Thrones, as being “historically accurate.” But is it?

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Unearthing The History Made By Well-Behaved Women

You have likely come across Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s well-known quote, “well-behaved women seldom make history,” on ironic cross-stitch samplers, tote bags, and fridge magnets. Removed of its original context, it has become a rallying cry for women to make history by misbehaving, suggesting that the only way to stand out is to misbehave. In context…