"This London mural of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has been around for a while. Dinklage’s success and visibility has generally been great for the dwarf community. Most of this is thanks to professional decisions made by Dinklage himself. He suavely excoriated dwarf-tossing last year when accepting his Golden Globe. He starred in the only good film about a character living with dwarfism in the real world. And his famous “I don’t have dreams with dwarfs in them!” rant continues to provide me with a perfect answer to those who still snicker about midgets on Facebook. But now that Game of Thrones has helped propel him into the mainstream, not all the attention given to his dwarfism is good.
[…] It doesn’t feel like progress when shallow discussions of Dinklage’s sexiness treat him like a novelty. (And invariably trigger jokes and a sick fascination with the effect of height on certain sex positions.) In her superb list, “Things to Keep in Mind When You Come Across a Person with Dwarfism,” the girlfriend of a dwarf writes on Tumblr:
Don’t go out of your way, if they’re male, to affirm their masculinity by attempting to ‘bro down’ by gratuitously using words like ‘boss,’ ‘man,’ ‘sport,’ ‘champ,’ etc. in your interactions with them. It makes it obvious that you’re uncomfortable with their difference & are attempting to overcompensate.”
The gods give with one hand and take with the other.
"…is how the golden knight slayed the dragon, and saved the city," Joanna said with a final flourish of her hands.
"Did the bards sing of the Dragonslayer? Did he become a great swordsman?" Jaime asked, clutching a wooden sword tightly in both hands. "And what about the girl?" Cersei asked anxiously. "The secret princess? Did she become queen?"
"They did," Joanna said. "But that’s a sadder story."
The twins weren’t listening. Surely, if the girl became a queen, and the boy a great knight, the twins in the story could do anything they wanted. Mayhaps even marry…
Happy Birthday, Suzy