These past two weeks, I had a great time looking at various feminist utopias. We discussed some great works of literature where authors imagined all-female societies. Last week,  for the first time, we looked at two stories where males interrupted the peaceful living of the all-female societies. Especially in the story “When It Changed,” the author imagines the disruption of males having negative effects on the society, and the females living in Whileaway regretting to allow their entrance into their community. This transition we had made me think about the opposite end of the spectrum: feminist dystopias.

For my blog post, I wanted to write about a current film Mad Max: Fury Road, which I think, is a good example of a feminist dystopia. Unlike the utopias we examined, Mad Max: Fury Road depicts a desert/wasteland post-apocalyptic universe that is dominated by a dictator, Immortan Joe. Even though the film’s title has the words “Mad Max,” the story mainly depicts the journey of Furiosa, who rebels against Immortan Joe to free the “Five Wives” who are specially selected and kept as prisoners for breeding purposes. In “Houston, Houston, Do You Read” and “When It Changed,” we explored how the all female societies reacted to disruption of males. In Mad Max: Fury Road, we are looking at a society that is way past the disruption by men; females in this dystopia are trying to break out of the male dictator’s imprisonment. With the Five Wives literally breaking out of their chastity belts, we can claim that George Miller explores the dystopia of Mad Max by adopting a feminist perspective.

Another thing that really interested me in this film, and made me look back on our discussion about feminist utopias, was the “Green Place” that Furiosa and the Five Wives are looking to escape to. Green Place is the home place of Furiosa before she was taken away by Immortan Joe’s army. Resembling Herland, Green Place is occupied only by women, and it is the only place capable for vegetation. Occupiers of the land are called “Many mothers,” and they are known for their intimate and closed community. Having read Herland, it is impossible not to think that George Miller was influenced by Charlotte Perkins Gilman when he created the Green Land.

I believe that discussing all these different examples of utopias in class, helps us adopt a feminist perspective when we are considering current films and literature. It is always very fun and interesting to find traces of what we discuss in class in different forms of current media!


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