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Since CERTAIN PEOPLE like quoting the books so much in the Cersei controversy, let’s just provide some of the textual evidence they love so much to prove our point!
"Robert’s face was dark with anger. ‘How many times must I tell you to hold your tongue, woman?’
Cersei’s face was a study in contempt. ‘What a jape the gods have made of us two,’ she said. ‘By all rights, you ought to be in skirts and me in mail.’
Purple with rage, the king lashed out, a vicious backhand blow to the side of the head. She stumbled against the table and fell hard, yet Cersei Lannister did not cry out. Her slender fingers brushed her cheek, where the pale smooth skin was already reddening. On the morrow the bruise would cover half her face. ‘I shall wear this as a badge of honor,’ she announced.’
‘Wear it in silence, or I’ll honor you again,’ Robert vowed.” GOT, pg. 429
"The rage was gone from him now; in his eyes Ned saw something sad and scared. ‘I should not have hit her. That was not…that was not kingly.’” GOT, pg. 430
"Ned touched her cheek gently. ‘Has he done this before?’
‘Once or twice.’ She shied away from his hand. ‘Never on the face before. Jaime would have killed him, even if it meant his own life.’ Cersei looked at him defiantly. ‘My brother is worth a hundred of your friend.’” GOT, pg. 484
“Robert Baratheon, the First of His Name, may there never be a second. A dim, drunken brute of a man. Let him weep in hell. Taena warmed the bed as well as Robert ever had, and never tried to force Cersei’s legs apart.” AFFC, pg. 684
"She wondered what it would feel like to suckle on those breasts, to lay the Myrish woman back and push her legs apart and use her as a man would use her, the way Robert would use her when the drink was in him, and she was unable to bring him off with hand or mouth.” AFFC, pg. 685
"Those had been the worst nights, lying helpless underneath him as he took his pleasure, stinking of wine and grunting like a boar. Usually he rolled off and went to sleep as soon as it was done, and was snoring before his seed could dry upon her thighs. She was always sore afterward, raw between her legs, her breasts painful from the mauling he would give them. The only time he’d ever made her wet was on their wedding night." AFFC, pg. 685
"For Robert, those nights never happened. Come morning he remembered nothing, or so he would have her believe. Once, during the first year of their marriage, Cersei had voiced her displeasure the next day. ‘You hurt me,’ she complained. He had the grace to look ashamed. ‘It was not me, my lady,’ he said in a sulky sullen tone, like a child caught stealing apple cakes from the kitchen. ‘It was the wine. I drink too much wine.’ To wash down his admission, he reached for a horn of ale. As he raised it to his mouth, she smashed her own horn in his face, so hard he chipped a tooth. Years later at a feast, she heard him telling a serving wench how he’d cracked his tooth in a melee. Well, our marriage was a melee, she reflected, so he did not lie.” AFFC, pg. 686
"The rest had all been lies, though. He did remember what he did to her that night, she was convinced of that. She could see it in his eyes. He only pretended to forget; it was easier to do that than to face his shame. Deep down Robert Baratheon was a coward. In time the assaults grew less frequent. During the first year of their marriage he took her at least once a fortnight; by the end it was not even once a year. He never stopped completely, though. Sooner or later there would come a night when he would drink too much and want to claim his rights. What shamed him in the light of day gave him pleasure in the dark.” AFFC, pg. 868
Gee, Robert sure comes off as a nice, totally non-abusive husband to a modern reader! Nope, certainly no way to interpret him as a rapist prick, no-sir-ee. I just can’t fathom what people are talking about here, given all this textual evidence that Robert was a nice, upstanding guy and Cersei was asking for it!
P.S. Arguing that this is TOTES ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR because Cersei cheated on him? Not only misses the point that nothing excuses the way he treated her, but is really fucking gross for a number of reasons. So kindly go and fuck yourself if you’re going to gloss over a character’s disgusting treatment of his wife just because you have a huge ladyboner for pretending that sexual assault and marital rape aren’t a thing. The implication that Cersei doesn’t act like a ~PROPER VICTIM~ is upsetting too, for the same reasons.
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