Those Are The Badlands, We Don’t Go There

I love how I started New Music Tuesdays and then never did it again. In my defense, moving is stressful, complicated, and all around soul sucking. I’m all moved in now though, currently settled and watching “The Prince & Me” on our couch.

Right before I moved I purchased Halsey’s debut album “Badlands” after falling in love with her ep and the album on spotify. I went to Target especially because that is where she released the deluxe edition with five bonus tracks.

I have so many favorites, basically the whole album, it’s hard to pick just one song. This is an album that you can listen to from start to finish without skipping any songs, almost a rare quality nowadays.

The opening song Castle starts your adventure into the Badlands. A notable line is, “I’m headed straight for the castle, they wanna make me their queen. There’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying that I probably shouldn’t be so mean.” Halsey is clearly on her way to being at the top of the Billboard charts, as well as the queen of alt rock.

The next track, the one song that really made me love Halsey and her music, is called Hold Me Down. This song, and this album, really talks about people trying to keep her from the top. The lines, along with the head bobbing beats, say to us “I sold my soul to a three piece, and he told me I was holy, he’s got me down on both knees, but it’s the devil that’s tryna hold me down.”

The song Colors, is one that I will forever love. Halsey is a lyrical genius with this one. “You’re drippin’ like a saturated sunrise, you’re spilling like an overflowing sink. You’re ripped at every edge but you’re a masterpiece, and now I’m tearing through the pages and the ink.” You can tell this is about someone she loved very much, someone troubled, but she saw the beauty in them anyways.

This album is going to go very far, as is Halsey. This is just the beginning for her, and I honestly can’t wait to see how far she will go.

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Mad Max: Fury Feminism.

The first day in my new house I decided to watch one of my all time favorite movies, recently gifted to me by my boyfriend. I ended up watching it three times in one weekend. Oops.

My roommate asked me “why do you like that movie so much?” and I obviously answered “because it’s FUCKING COOL” I mean things go BOOM a lot and it’s so weird, how could you not love that? But the real reason is, the main focus is the women escaping oppression, slowly becoming one of the top feminist movies of our time.

Growing up, my family was constantly watching action films, so naturally when my boyfriend asked me to go see Fury Road in theaters I was on board. I was not expecting to fall in love with the women in the movie.

First, the main lead (not max, I love max I really do, but I cannot consider him the lead) is a woman named Imperator Furiosa who drives a war rig for Immortan Joe. She goes on a run to get gas, or guzzolene if you want to use the amazing dystopian dialect of the mad max universe, but instead is harboring the “wives” (basically they are the breeders) of Joe.  Furiosa has designed this war rig herself, she is the only one who can use it, proven when Max tries to steal it from her and gets about 10ft. She can use a gun better than him, even using his shoulder as leverage.

Furiosa loves and cares about the women she is harboring, something many other critics have said isn’t a feminist point, BUT it totally is. Caring about other women enough to save them is 100% feminism, it is something that needs to be brought into our own society. Stop hating on celebrities for no reason, and open your eyes to the oppression of the world. Help and support others become better people and gain better lives.

The “wives” are extremely beautiful yes, but more than anything they are strong and assertive. Max throws a gun to be reloaded at the wives, and almost without hesitation Toast the Knowing grabs the gun and reloads it at an impressive speed. They symbolically release themselves of their chastity belts, and chat throughout the film “we are not things!” something I wish every woman would yell at some point in her life.

Nux, the boy at the end of his half-life, was a stowaway on the war rig. Capable could’ve killed him, or thrown him off the rig, but instead she allows him to stay, defending him to the others and proving that he is useful. She is the first person to ever show this boy affection and love, and in return he saves them all.

Now, the war rig could’ve met anyone in the desert to help them fight Joe and his underlings, but they met a band of badass women on motorcycles who help the wives understand what the world was like before the world died. Everyone quickly bonds together to defeat the Joe, and return to the citadel victors. Raised up by the war boys, the milk mothers released the water onto the peasants in victory, free from under Joe’s reign. Max disappears into the crowd, with one final glance at Furiosa as she is raised with her fellow queens. He leaves them to celebrate their victory, knowing they would have won it with or without him.

I’ve read a lot of articles about how this movie is or isn’t about feminism. To those against the feminism in this film I have to say, let us have this one. It’s not often women are given a lead role in a movie with a man’s name in the title. It’s not often a woman is given a top soldier’s position in an army full of men. It’s not often women get to openly say “we are not things” and have the audience cheer back, “no, you’re not.”