Do women like Game of Thrones? Depends on whether you consult the articles people write on the subject, or the actual demographic data, since they often come to very different conclusions. Shortly after the the 2011 debut of HBO’s medieval drama, a scathing New York Times review dismissed the series as “boy fiction” and inexplicably suggested that the show was oversexualized (mostly using naked women) “out of a justifiable fear, perhaps, that no woman alive would watch otherwise.” More recently, Thrillist posted an insulting article called “Why Your Girl Hates Game of Thrones” whose reasons included ”[women] hate gross things,” “it’s hard to follow,” and “it reminds [women] of the kids that used to play magic [sic] cards in the cafeteria.” (As if that’s a bad thing to be reminded of?)

While this doesn’t track with our experiences — we know just as many women as men who love the show, including Wired’s knowledgeable Game of Thrones recapper, Senior Editor Laura Hudson — the myth persists that Thrones is just guy stuff. So, as fans of math, gender equality, and any show that heavily features Daenerys Targaryen (above), we decided to find out: Do women actually hate Game of Thrones?

Nope - and we can prove it.

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    I play Magic Cards and watch Game of Thrones. Fuck me, right?
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    The women in Game of Thrones are the strongest players and are probably the most badass to boot. Whatever man said that...
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    Women do indeed love GOT!
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    I love Game of Thrones and I’m a woman! It’s not just guy stuff.
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    No doy! I love me some GOT and I’m a lady
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