Let’s widen our online reading!
I love the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. From just a purely aesthetic standpoint – I love action movies, I love post-apocalyptic stories, I love the cars, I love the way it was brought together in all its excess, its costumes and music and editing and sparse dialogue.
And I also loved it for its embrace of a woman action hero, it’s feminist messages in the refrain “who killed the world?” and in the story of women rescuing women, and for its side story of Nux’s transformation from a religious fanatic to a person who discovers the true meaning of devotion.
But the movie can not be hailed as a feminist masterpiece. As movies improve and representation for women becomes more common, our intersectional feminism for POC still suffers. (See Ghostbusters, another movie I loved but failed in this regard. )
For today’s reading I invite you to read this excellent article from the blog Decolonization. It’s long but important and worth the time. Only when we recognize the faults in our media can we see improvement.
Here’s a teaser :
Fee and other critics view these totem transfer narratives as attempts by white settlers to become autochthonous to the area, a sort of passing of the torch from Indigenous peoples to the new “rightful” inhabiters of the land, white settlers… The “Natives” in these texts transfer their knowledge to settlers so they can disappear from view and help white settlers in remedying the often times self-created ills that currently threaten their worlds. After attaining this invaluable Indigenous information, the white settlers then leave these Eden-like natural surroundings and head back to the city, having secured their futurity in the landscape. More than anything, these narratives make clear that there is ample room in these spaces for Indigenous knowledges and remedies, but little room for Indigenous peoples themselves.
Read it all, and sit with it. We can do better.