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Why We Still Need More Feminist Action Movies Like ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

 “Mad Max: Fury Road” was a box-office hit that has had a significant impact on the feminist community since. I saw the movie and was mesmerized by the amazing cinematography as well as the underlying message of feminism and environmentalism. One of the best parts of “Mad Max” was how they delivered their message to the audience. Often, I hear that activists or people who stand for issues shove their beliefs down other people’s throats, claiming that some songs or movies have an agenda, and are attacking traditional marriage or religion, among other things. However,  “Mad Max” does not, in any way, come off as “forcing a belief down someone’s throat.” Instead, it comes off as an action movie that is exciting, sexy, thrilling, while also having a strong message that powers the entire movie.

For those of you who haven’t seen “Mad Max,” you might be wondering how exactly “Mad Max” tackles feminism and environmentalism. In terms of feminism, “Mad Max” has a strong female lead break away from her oppression and set off to save others who are being oppressed by helping them escape, in hopes of starting a better life. Although she recognizes how much danger she could potentially be in, she realizes that these women must be liberated and that a new future-a more equal future- is possible. In terms of environmentalism, “Mad Max” depicts a post-apocalyptic wasteland created by humanity. The land is torn apart and the power remains in one self person’s hands, while everyone else either fights to survive alone or suffers at the hand of their leader.


So why do we need more movies like this? Why do we need more movies that depict strong female leads and movies that warn us of what may become of our earth if we do not take action? We need these movies because they send a message in an extremely effective way. They are not aggressive; they are viewer- friendly and exciting while avoiding a “preachy” tone that turns off so many people. One of the most important parts of activism is appealing to people whose points of view are different, while being respectful. The most effective way to do this is to not stand up on our soap boxes and preach down to people, who may legitimately not understand certain issues, but rather to show them why change is necessary. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is an incredible movie in that it gives people an idea of why things need to change. It depicts a future where women are still not respected and where the environment has been completely destroyed. We need more movies that can effectively communicate with the average viewer and send a message that hits home without being aggressive about it. 

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Written by Katherine Rendon

Katherine Rendon is a second year student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, pursuing a degree in English and Environmental Studies. When not arguing with people at parties over the importance of feminism and/ or veganism, she can be found reading, binge watching Netflix, at a concert, or tweeting long rants. She doesn't go anywhere without a reusable water bottle and firmly believes that selfies are important.

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