dystopias

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I am so tired.
Sometimes I feel so tired.
I can’t eat, I can’t sleep.
So tired.
The pressure builds and builds.
Seems like there's no release.
The things I see go unnoticed by some.
Fills my eyes and heart.
Anger and guilt and frustration.
And depression makes waking up every day harder and harder.
Where’s my fitness to the world with my chance to survive.
I got to get money so I can have a home.
So I can breathe, eat and live in this society.
I don’t even like money,
And I got to work everyday just to feed myself.
God it makes me sick.
I just wanna curl up into a hole and die in this.
This isn’t worth it.
I need a raise man!
I can’t survive on this faith anymore.
I can’t live on this.

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Catching Fire (2013)
Peeta, how come I never know when you’re having a nightmare?” I say.

“I don’t know. I don’t think I cry out or thrash around or anything. I just come to, paralyzed with terror,” he says.

“You should wake me,” I say, thinking about how I can interrupt his sleep two or three times on a bad night. About how long it can take to calm me down.

“It’s not necessary. My nightmares are usually about losing you,” he says. “I’m okay once I realize you’re here.

Why I don’t think Mad Max should be hailed as the feminist movie of our generation:

1. Although every woman in this grotesque dystopia are sex slaves, Furiosa chooses to only save the ones who all are extremely thin, conventionally pretty, and mostly white (played by models). The others are shown being milked in a scene too, but they just leave them all behind with no mention of it. So the only women worth saving are those that please the male gaze, are you fucking kidding me?

2. The women barely have lines (to be fair there isnt much dialogue between explosions). 

3. Max is haunted bc he failed to save previous women in his life, so he tries to save other women, as though all women need his help, he is a classic white knight character.

4. Despite the movie supposedly being about the struggle and strength of women, the main protagonist is a man, Max.

5. All of the women are entirely free of body hair, despite it being the apocalypse. No one has water but they have razors and shaving cream to shave there legs and armpits, god forbid we show body hair on women old enough to be pregnant!

I just think we could do a lot better and I am not going to worship the (male) director just because this film isn’t as horrifically misogynist as everything else out there- but that doesn’t make this the feminist masterpiece of the fucking century for fucks sake. If this is accepted, applauded as a feminist film I am sad to think about what isn’t a feminist film, the bar is seriously so low it disgusts me. It is sad that something minimally feminist is considered progressive, it says a lot about how horribly misogynist our culture is. 

I went into this movie excited to finally have some good feminist icons in an otherwise male dominated and often misogynistic genre, and was utterly disappointed and confused. I’m all for feminist action films and I think we can do better.

Ignorance and Strength

This poem has a completely different meaning when its lines are read backwards. It’s the third in a series of poems that were inspired by themes in 1984 by George Orwell.

take away everyone’s cravings for those sweet slices of knowledge
and our country will no longer function
allow the people to know the secrets of society
it works in our favor
taking away awareness would be like crippling an entire nation
we can’t let that happen
giving the people knowledge is like handing out weapons
for our own defense
against unfair treatment by the government
we are not
afraid to rise up against it
if the government withholds information, people will be
ready to fight
we don’t want everyone feeling
that the quest for knowledge is pointless
our society must realize
information can provide strength
to anyone
the danger lies in the fact that
a powerful government can twist facts until they become a mutant reality
“ignorance is bliss”
is a lie
“knowledge is a right”

Dystopia Worldbuilding

This is gonna be long but here are some of the questions I came up with when world building a country in my own story (and it assumes the existence of an organized rebellion):

What tactics does the government use to divide the public and keep them under control?

How is the rebellion financially supported?

Where do they get weapons and supplies?

How do they screen people for membership?

How do they spy on the government?

How do they prevent the government from spying on them?

What is the general condition of life for the citizens of this country?

What are the wealth gaps and how does that affect the attitudes of different classes toward the rebellion?

What sorts of people are drawn to the rebellion?

What is the rebellion promising people?

How do they recruit people?

How do they train people?

Who trains rebels and where did they get their knowledge?

What sort of medical facilities do they have?

Where are their bases of operations?

What flaws in surveillance etc. do they exploit to stay alive?

What sort of security, physical and otherwise, do they have?

What specific actions are they taking against the current government?

What actions would it make sense for them to take?

What are they hoping to accomplish with those actions?

What is their larger strategy?

What is their end goal exactly and how specifically do they want it to come about?

Do they agree on all of this?

What kind of leadership structure do they have?

Are they compartmentalized or do they have a centralized command?

What do different levels within the rebellion know about operations?

To what extent have they been infiltrated by government agents?

To what extent have they successfully resisted this?

To what extent has the government tried?

What specific tactics is the government using to destroy, break up, or discredit them?

To what extent have they succeeded?

To what extent has the rebellion successfully resisted this?

What are some defining events, clashes, or conflicts that have happened between the rebellion and the government?

Have they ever attempted armed uprising before?

What is the life expectancy of someone who joins the rebellion?

How does their position and job within the rebellion affect this?

How do the leaders move around?

How do they communicate with everyone else?

How are they kept safe?

How is information about them and about sensitive things controlled within the rebellion?

What happens to rebels who get captured by the police?

How is the structure of the police force (or analogous group) influenced by both the government and the rebellion?

What does the government threaten them with?

Does the government take the tactic of controlling people with fear, or controlling them with misinformation, or both, or neither? How do they balance this?

Is there a specific group or agency that manages this, such as a secret police or something similar?

Are other countries supporting the rebellion, and if so, how exactly?

How do other countries rationalize or justify their support?

Did the rebellion ask for help from other countries?

What are their reasons for doing this or not doing this?

Do the other countries have strict lines drawn as to what they will and won’t do, and if so, what are they?

Does religion play a part in the beliefs or tactics of either the government or the rebellion, or other groups?

Does magic play a part in the beliefs or tactics of the government, rebellion, or other groups?

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