TESTIFY… “Race, Colonialism, and the Women of color in Mad Max Fury Road.”

@fangirlJeanne‘s  “Race, Colonialism, and the Women of color in Mad Max Fury Road.


And as for feminism, this is not the first time this has happened. When Girls came out, minority women were expected to ignore the show having an all white cast because it was written and directed by Lena Dunham. And anyone who dared to not ignore this issue was considered “non progressive”. This is why I don’t identity as feminist. Because this is unacceptable. It’s unacceptable for these huge steps for feminism to not include people of color. And if you’re white and telling people to get over it, you’re a part of the fucking problem.

But then @fangirlJeanne adds her 2 cents; perfect points, those:-

There are THREE women of color in Mad Max Fury Road. Zoe Kravitz (which you already listed), but also Courtney Eaton and Megan Gale. Eaton and Gale are biracial Maori women.The presence of Polynesian women in this film and a fictional future are incredibly important on multiple levels…What’s important about the location and the presence of Polyneisan women within this future world is how their very roles reflect the history of colonialism in the Pacific region…While Zoe/Toast is biracial black and Ashkenzai jew, she (too) represents an aspect of WOC’s journey through white supremacy and colonialism which was the driving force behind the trans-atlantic slave trade… Also there ARE other people of color in the film, though by virtue of the dominate culture in the film being literally white male supremacy, the only men of color we see are in the lowest cast of society. Not uncommon in colonialism either, given how white men see MOC as a threat to their power and masculinity…

Read on.

Snippet – poetry

I saw her again today. The young woman of India-Indian descent. And, I think, her dad – or someone she knows. He has a gentle smile and looks fragile. I’d been thinking of doing a poem with a common last line thread of “By the Grace of God go I”.

Might as well start it.

I think I’ll call this one “By the Grace of God Go I”

I’m standing at the corner

And there’s a girl over yonder

Who’s talking to herself, occasionally a laugh, not a holler

A woman next to me

Decides to talk of what she sees

As the potential lowering down of the neighbourhood

I wonder what she would


If she knew I was also mentally ill?

But she can’t tell, because I present well

Waiting for the Eastbound bus like her, standing still?

I look again across at the girl over yonder

And I ponder

By the Grace of God Go I…

My story, “Through Dreams She Moves”, has been longlisted for The Carter V Cooper/Exile $15,000 Short Fiction Competition!

From the website/FB page:- The Long List for our fifth annual Carter V Cooper $15,000 Short Fiction Competition (in no particular order) – we see some familiar names from previous years, and many new ones: Jane Eaton Hamilton “The Night SS Sloan Undid His Shirt” Nicholas Ruddock “Mario Vargas Llosa” Josip Novakovich “Dunavski Pirat” Leon Rooke “Sara Mago et al” Hugh Graham “After Me” Linda Rogers van Krugel “Raging Breath and Furious Mothers” Darlene Madott “Pick Up the Sticks” Priscila Uppal “Bed Rail Entrapment Risk Notification Guide” Bruce Meyer “Tilting” Christine Miscione “Spring” Lisa Foad “How To Feel Good” Veronica Gaylie “Tom, Dick, and Harry” Tonya Liburd “Through Dreams She Moves” Samantha Bernstein “Fall, 1980” Mary Lou Dickinson “Oh, the Stars!” Maggie Dwyer “Chihuahua” Bart Campbell “Slim And The Hangman” Christopher Adamson “A Night In Bui Vien” Erin Soros “Fallen” Leah Jane Esau “Dream Home” Lisa Pike “Stellas” Bianca Lacoseljac “To Live Out A Dream”

This year’s judges were Norman Snider, screenwriter and essayist; Frances Mary Morrison, senior television producer, documentaries; Jerry Tutunjian, executive magazine editor; Matt Shaw, short story writer and copy editor. Short List in about one week… http://www.theexilewriters.com/

(EDIT:-Fixed their typo on my story title. Eh…)

Postscript to Darkness 6, containing my story “The Ace of Knives”, is now ready to order!

From Sean Moreland, Editor, Postscripts to Darkness 6:-

We are thrilled to announce that Postscripts to Darkness – PstD Volume 6 is now available for order! Please check out our store page and buy a copy of this, our most fabulous volume yet, featuring an unforgettable cover by MANDEM Moco Steinman-Arendsee, poetry by Sandra Kasturi and fiction by writers including Robin Riopelle, Kate Heartfield, Nicole Cushing, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Bruce Meyer, Tonya Liburd, Lisa de Nikolits and many more…. Not to mention fantastic interior illustrations by artists including Mark RE Slater, James Greatrex, Robert Thompson, Alyssa Cooper, Marina Belvin and more! A bargain at $18 including all S/H anywhere in Canada, USA, UK, Western Europe or Australia! Buy one now!

(It says “5”, but it shows the current anthology volume on the page, don’t worry!)