I disagree. Catelyn was good in book 1. She was nothing but a worrying, pensive, frightful mother bird wimp for the next two. I actually became nonchalant at his sexual acts and nipple obsession and raping. It's never graphic, never in detail, and his prose is light and often comical about it. Some posters get upset when I tell them I laughed at Uswyk's tavern girl rape story in book 2, that Arya overhead, the one Clagane wanted his change back. That's why I can recommned Martin despite his utter degradation of women: he's cheeky and good at it.