I saw The Road Warrior for the first time the other night. There’s a really brutal rape scene in the beginning of the film, in which a woman and her husband were dragged from their vehicles by bad guys and he was made to watch as he died. I watched the rest of the film very tensed because that exact scene happens in The Book of Eli. Right in the beginning.

The exact same scene. A woman and her partner were dragged from their motorcycles by bad guys and he is killed as she is raped, then killed. In the desert. While the “hero” of the film watches from afar but does nothing.

Does this not get under anyone else’s skin? I started racking my brain to think of other instances of this because I have never been as tuned to women in film as I am now- I have watched films with different lenses. I went to film school, so I usually watch movies with the “what lights are they using what is the aspect ratio what kind of camera are they using???” lens. 

In “A Boy and His Dog” (1975), the hero of the story uses his telepathic dog to seek out women for him to rape in a post-apocalyptic world. 

I started seeing this term called “base humanity” pop up in google forays for “post apocalyptic rape”. It seems that base humanity is a term used to describe the distilled nature of man, the essence. Post-apocalyptic stories are always told from the perspective of men, after all- The Road, Zardoz, Stake Land, Escape from New York, Children of Men. Men are the arbiters of the afterworld. Women are typically the prey. 

I don’t have a high-brow point to make here, other than I want to acknowledge the fact that the fictionalized “base humanity” depicted in varying post-apocalyptic films takes a stance that rape is instinctive. And men are making these films. That’s all.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 • 10:42 PM
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    I saw The Road Warrior for the first time the other night. There’s a really brutal rape scene in the beginning of the...
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    The concept of “base humanity” is exactly why I can’t and won’t do the entire post-apocalyptic genre. It’s just so ugly,...
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  6. neutralangel said: and the real hero, always a man, only has the woman as an extension of his own fears or power, instead of viewing her independently. But hey, fedoras gotta pay for dates, so men are oppressed.
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  8. mygripmyfocus said: What I can’t make sense is the hero worshiping. It’s like please just make the movie about this bad man that we like, he’s bad, he’s awful in fact, and you want us to like him, but don’t pretend it is what it isn’t.
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