Indeed, what makes Mad Max so exciting is its sheer number of women. If one or two bore the sole burden of representation, it would be easy to dismiss Furiosa as an uber-competent “strong female character,” the wives as damsels in distress, and the female motorcycle gang as minor supporting players. But because they all appear together, none of them feel like stereotypes. The film acknowledges the vast diversity of the female experience and presents these women as active players in their own stories. That wealth of onscreen representation is a luxury men have long enjoyed and it’s precisely what feminist critics are demanding—that women not be presented as token characters but as living, breathing human beings.
Here we are 13 months later and nothing has been settled. The latest episode in the debate has flared up between Kardashian and Sharon Osbourne. Over the weekend, Osbourne, in an interview with The Telegraph , complained, “Kim says she’s doing everything in the name of feminism, but that’s not feminism.” She went on, seemingly impugning the entire Kardashian clan, to add, “Those girls live off their bodies. Half of . has been through them and everything they do from the sex tape to the plastic see-through dresses and the gym wear is about sex, not female progress.”