So I came across this blog post, which talks about the movie 300 2: Rise of an Empire, and its tendency to [del]shamelessly make up total bullshit[/del] take certain creative liberties with the historical source material. In this case, specifically concerning the character of Artemisia. It brings up that the character is portrayed as a victim of rape (something which, BTW, is entirely missing from the biography of the historical Artemisia):
Now, as you may know, I recently arrived on this planet from outer space, and I’ve spent my short time here living under a rock. As a result, I’m in no way in tune with the current trends in popular culture. I don’t know much about these strange TV shows that you humans seem to enjoy, and I have no real idea how much raping is currently going on in them. However, I did recently crawl out from under my rock to watch the movie Mad Max: Fury Road, which I enjoyed immensely.
So this got me thinking. If this is a trope now, that movie sure fits. The plot (spoiler alert) revolves around a group of sex slaves (so, basically rape victims), attempting to escape their unfortunate circumstances. This escape is facilitated by another female character, who may also have had something similar going on in her murky past.
As I said, I really enjoyed the movie, but now I’m a bit :dubious:. On the face of it, a story about sexually abused women escaping the patriarchy looks like it has a feminist premise. But is the case rather the opposite? Is this actually representative of a misogynist mindset? Is the idea here that the only motivation a strong woman can have, and the only explanation for why she is strong, is that she’s seeking revenge against a rapey masculine culture?
And, if so, is this lazy and/or morally questionable storytelling? 'Cause in real life, as far as I can tell, strong women tend to be strong because, well they’re strong people, period, and their sexual history isn’t really relevant. You’d think we could come up with other motivations for female characters, if such motivations are needed at all. Or, to quote one of the articles I linked to above:
So, is this a thing now? And if it is a thing, how misogynistic or otherwise is it? As this will have a direct impact on my opinion of Mad Max, your input will be much appreciated.