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Mad Max: Fury Road Women and Femininity

Women and Femininity

Who run the world? In the case of Mad Max: Fury Road, the answer is decidedly not "Girls!". Immortan Joe runs the world, and if you ask the ladies in his life, he killed it, too. His violent patriarchy exploits the female body—and soul—for his own benefit. He uses women as baby factories, milk factories, and…well, not much else. Until the wives and Furiosa learn to stand up for themselves as strong women, they live as pawns in the game of an unforgiving, corrupt, and grotesque despot.

Questions About Women and Femininity

  1. In what ways are femininity and the environment tied together in Fury Road?
  2. Given the progress culture and society have made in the area of women's rights, does the vision of future society provided by Mad Max: Fury Road seem realistic to you? Why or why not?
  3. Are there ways in which we could consider Fury Road as not a feminist movie?

Chew on This

The minute the breeders arrive on screen, beautiful and barely dressed, it's easy to see this movie is really just as sexist as the rest of the action movies that use women as eye candy.

Max proves that in order for women to succeed in achieving autonomy, they need male allies to help their cause.