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George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is a film, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that shows a systematically oppressed group of “Wives” escaping a capitalist cyborg king as he tries to birth the perfect son. The movie opens with the aforementioned king, Immortan Joe, sending his “Imperator” Furiosa, on a mission to “bring back ‘guzzaline’ from Gastown And bullets from the Bullet Farm” (Miller 0:08:00). The audience quickly learns that Furiosa – the short-haired, one-metal-arm warrior woman – is smuggling Joe’s birthing wives to safety. Joe covets these women because his ultimate goal is to produce a son free of mutations, disabilities, or degenerative diseases to carry on his reign since all of his previous attempts have resulted in children who cannot operate without prosthetics. Similarly, this objectification of the Wives institutionalizes their bodies as weak, pure reproductive wombs. Reliance on a prosthetic, liquid (blood, water, milk) or mechanical, is…

The year is 2015. The crowd of boys wait for their Kung Fu teacher, whom they don’t suspect is a woman. The classroom desks are pushed to the side, and the door is open for the teacher’s assistant, who walks in with a girl about five-years-old by his side. “Are you sure about this?” he asks. She nods affirmative. “You can just try it,” he says, seeing her hesitation. “If you don’t like it, you can always go back to dance.” At the Asian American Coalition for Education at Benjamin A. Cardozo High School, boys and girls from Kindergarten to the eighth grade are separated by gender into kung fu and dance. Martial arts require flexibility. The boys may hate holding the horse stance, each crouching and plying all the weight of his body onto his knees, but they seem to hate the pu bu stance more, sinking to one…

Some of the first words that we hear after emerging from the womb are “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” This inevitably leads to blue or pink blankets, bibs, nursery rooms. But what does the assignment of a male gender mean? 40 or 50 years ago, the answer was much simpler; it meant dominance, strength and power. Now, the definition has changed to mean much more. We live in a time where equality on all levels is the new frontier to be reached, specifically gender equality. This progression toward equality spits out different versions of masculinity, and caught in the crossfire are young boys. Stony Brook has begun to explore this progression with the new introduction of the Center for Men and Masculinities, which now offers students a masters degree in masculinities studies. Markus Gerke, a doctoral student in the masculinities department, explained that there are so many different…