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Charlize Theron says women will survive the apocalypse

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The post-apocalyptic blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road has been drawing praise for its depiction of a future featuring strong female fighters, and Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler even consulted on the film to help make it, in her words, “a feminist action film.” Charlize Theron, who plays one-armed badass Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s revamping of his cult movies, joined in the praise and said the role had been a breath of fresh air. “I’ve always wanted to explore the genre a little bit more, especially because I think it’s such a misconception that women don’t like the genre, or that they don’t want to go and see these movies,” she said. “I just feel like women have been so misrepresented in these films – why do we have to go and see the genre every single time with the girl in the back of the frame in a push-up bra? Why isn’t there a girl that’s standing on the same playing field with the guys?” During an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael, Theron added that in a post-apocalyptic world “women will survive.” If you want a glimpse of what that might look like, Mad Max is out in theaters this week and has many reviewers raving.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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