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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. huveja
    June 9, 2016 @ 7:05 pm

    ” it’s a feminist lecture instead of a manly movie filled with manly masculine manliness. Firstly, this is crap. Max gets to be incredibly masculine in all those stereotypical ways. He drives really fast. He punches people. He shoots guns. He’s very effective, very tough, very heroic. Tom Hardy practically sweats testosterone. Etc.” .. well, that is precisely the film ‘s problem .. I’m a straight man (male and female is perhaps best for non-human animals or when it is wanted to make a man/woman to look like a non-human animal) .. and why do I need to drive really fast? why do I need to punch people? why do I need to shoot guns? why do I need to be very heroic and so on? why? .. why do I need to be ashamed because people believe all of that about me only for being a man? ..and worst! .. a white straight man .. wow! really I don’t have anything good! .. so you analysis is very superficial when you are saying that the film has a “reasonably good gender politics” .. reasonable for whom? perhaps only for what is now considered politically correct? .. right now if I’m doing a movie and I want a good review, the recipe for success looks similar to the following: put a woman as a tough, brave and competent heroine, and of course kicking some “male” ass because they deserve it .. and not only kicking but also killing because how will be wrong to kill some disgusting “male”? .. of course in the success movie recipe avoid the opposite, the hero kicking (not to mention killing) some disgusting “female”, that is too risky … and yes the paradise is some nebulous matriarchy, because patriarchy is bad, but matriarchy is good .. so as you mention at the end .. that women and their babies shouldn’t be considered the property of men, and that babies shouldn’t be considered the property of women is baseline .. what is not baseline is forgetting to mention the men’s oppression for these stereotypes that the movie is littered .. what is baseline is to recognize that women is oppressed .. what is not baseline is to recognize that men is oppressed (differently -and not so differently in some basic things- but oppressed) .. so, “reasonably good gender politics”? reasonable for whom? .. not for me, I’m still oppressed by these stereotypes and from what the society expect from me, all of that helped by hypocrites movies like this ..


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