Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Post-Apocalyptic TV and Film by Barbara Gurr
By Barbara Gurr
This e-book deals analyses of the jobs of race, gender, and sexuality within the post-apocalyptic visions of early twenty-first century movie and tv exhibits. participants study the creation, copy, and re-imagination of a few of our so much deeply held human beliefs via sociological, anthropological, ancient, and feminist methods.
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Here, the protagonist pronounces that prior, established (if vexing), cultural categories of race have collapsed. 23 Or, perhaps more precisely, it will take an apocalypse to achieve any racial parity. However, these prejudices are not always addressed in such tales directly. Some post-apocalyptic narratives do feature race more explicitly though. In The Children of Men (2006) humanity has become infertile for some unknown reason. As society decays, the white, male protagonist stumbles upon a secret organization’s efforts to smuggle a young, pregnant woman, the ﬁrst woman to become pregnant in many years, out to safety.
The intense desire to belong (and speciﬁcally to belong to the side of righteous triumph), so often enacted in human history by determining who does not belong, is arguably a deﬁning cultural urge in the twenty-ﬁrst-century United States, but it is also typical of all settler colonialist societies (which after all are made up of displaced immigrants). This urge produces an anxious drive toward homogeneity; the social and physical diversity which in fact constitutes the origin stories of settler colonialist nations threatens this drive toward collective identity and, like the bodies of indigenous peoples, must be contained, controlled, and eventually made to disappear in order for a collective (white, hegemonically masculine) identity to emerge and belong.