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If you look up Furiosa/Max fanfiction you'll notice every single one has femdom in it. It's seen as such an essential part of their relationship that people don't even bother to mention the femdom in the description. It's expected to be there.

In my last journal when I said Max and Furiosa's relationship was very femdom'y a lot of men (and only men) complained and said "No it's not! They're equals! How is that femdom!?" And that's exactly it. They are equals, and that's what makes it femdom instead of boss and subordinate.

It's important to understand that there's a very big difference between femdom and feminism. 
Feminism is about equal rights and respect between men and women. Women are seen as weaker and "lower" which is why it's called feminism instead of equalism. Feminists do not wish  to drag men down to the level they're at in society now, they wish to come up to the level men are at.
Femdom is a personal relationship between two (or more) people who have all agreed that this is what they want. They don't wish for the whole world to be like their relationship dynamic. They're just doing their own thing.
It's also important to know that femdom isn't just the popular leather and latex stuff we always see on TV because it's more flashy and fun to look at. It's so much more and doesn't even have to be sexual at all.

I'm not pretending Mad Max Fury Road is a real femdom movie, but I'll try to explain why Max and Furiosa's relationship has that vibe.

When Max and Furiosa first meet, Max is like a scared animal, ready to attack out of fear. Furiosa recognize this immediately and disarms herself to try and calm him. She still doesn't trust him and at that point he's just some crazy dude in the way, so as soon as he's distracted she tries to kill him. She's better than him at shooting and driving, but he's physically stronger and beats her in a fist fight. When the kill switch stops him, Furiosa tries to talk with him to figure out what he wants. She wants to move on, so how can she calm this frightened and confused man down. And like a scared animal the first step is to get the restriction on his face off.

When they head for the rocky pass Max gets nervous and tries to take control by grabbing the wheel, but Furiosa tells him no, Max backs off and finally seems a bit calm, and that seems to be the moment they both start to realize this is how their relationship is going to work. Max is still scared and keeps Splendid nearby just in case Furiosa tries to cheat him, but he does as he's told and Furiosa seems to have realized that please-and-thankyous's doesn't work. Max needs orders. That's what he responds best to. It's very obvious that orders calm his messy brain by making him focus on the thing he's been told to do.
In other words, she didn't start out trying to dominate him, but she now knows that's what he needs right now.

So it's very important that Max beat her in the fight when they first met. She hasn't physically forced him into submission. He willingly gives up control to her because he too notice that he's doing better that way.

From then on Furiosa doesn't doubt if Max will follow her orders. He will. And Max doesn't try to control her. He makes suggestions because he's not some chained up slave boy who's only allowed to speak when spoken to, but he always waits for Furiosa to make the final call. Like when Splendid falls off the war rig and Max says she went under the wheels. He's driving, but it's Furiosa's decision that they keep going.

And Max is the only one acting like this. When they're driving at night and Furiosa says someone should watch the back, Capable says she'll do it. Furiosa firmly tells her no, but Capable does it anyway. There's no doubt from everything Max had done up to this point, that if it had been him who had been told not to go back there by Furiosa, he would have sat back down.
And he doesn't act like that with others either. The wives can try and tell him what to do, but there's no guarantee that he'll do it. He has submitted to Furiosa, and only her.

Max hallucinates when he's stressed and scared, and as soon as he and Furiosa parts ways in the dessert, it starts up again. He quickly returns to her.

So their relationships isn't like this because he is lesser than her. They are equals. She trusts him with her life. It's just the most natural dynamic for them. Furiosa doesn't hold an iron grip on him. He's free to leave any time he wants, but he feels less confused and scared with her, even if he would be in less danger alone. He even gives up his own blood and tells her his name to keep her with him.

One scene that is exceptionally femdom'y is the rifle moment. Furiosa just kneels behind Max and doesn't even have to tell him what to do. He hands her the rifle and let her put it on his shoulder, effectively making himself a thing for her. She even tells him not to breath, controlling him down to the most basic human need. 
All of that of course serves the purpose to keep the rifle steady so she can shoot the people trying to kill them, but no one's saying femdom can't be practical.

So yeah, I'm not saying Fury Road is a proper femdom movie, but Furiosa and Max relationship is much more femdom'y than a lot of supposed femdom relationships in movies because it's based on willing submission and mutual respect between them.

That's what all those fanfiction writers have been picking up on.
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Gierek76 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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AnaSpie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
I love this! You should become a writer for femdoming.com/ You would fit right in!
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davidstrife1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
TRUTH!
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i'm reading fanfiction
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
great explanation. I think that's why fanfiction is so popular: the writers pick up on a theme or something under the surface of the theme and share it with others. It was fanfiction that made me fall in love with many anime/shows/movies that I would have passed on just by watching the trailers or one episode.
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Chepseh Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
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a-forsaken-angel Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think there needs to be an interjection here about the words dom and sub.

Successful relationships in the broad sense of dom/sub (meaning not necessarily romantic) are based on consent and communication from all parties. "Dom" may mean the person in charge, but that does not mean they see their sub as a lesser subject. "Sub" may mean the person who obeys, but they do so willingly and with trust in their dom to protect and care for them. It simply means the dynamic of the relationship hinges on playing with control and limits. According to humon's argument, the movie does the great "show, don't tell" move of Furiosa and Max entering into dom/sub-type roles based on trust and communication. For those two aspects to be exercised between all parties (in humon's argument, Max & Furiosa) implies equality for both sides. They just appear differently between the two distinct characters. This is how these types of relationships work in real life, too.

In shorter terms, dom and sub relationships are not leather and latex and beating and Fifty Shades of Grey-type abuse. It's about trust and communication (even if that's grunts and gestures, Max.) Hmm, that sounds like other types of relationships too...
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Arienne-Keith Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thought you might be amused by this...

"Mad Max Stunt Doubles for Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy Got Married

“So the two of us were doing this – dare I say – very S&M-type fight, it’s a love/hate mixture between these characters. They’re very close, there’s chains, they’re holding each other in very intimate positions, and the longer we were doing it the more we’re kind of eyeing each other up,” Dane laughs, a little abashed.

“We’ve said it before and it’s quite cheesy, but it really was love at first sight. While we were punching each other we were falling for each other – quite rapidly.”"



jezebel.com/mad-max-stunt-doub…
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Aldark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
femdom means female dominant. so being equal is NOT femdom.
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andrewwarhola Featured By Owner Edited Jun 6, 2015
I think it's much easier to pick up on this stuff if you're inclined that way. You know the dynamic, so you can see the little signals the way you see them when you're looking for a partner. As someone who doms, I completely felt these vibes, just as you did. And I didn't feel them at all for Nux/Capable, even though Capable and Nux also depend on one another and exchange trust. It's the small things, the way Max defers, Furiosa's firm but gentle tone, etc, etc... Doesn't mean it's iron clad canon, just means the potential is there.
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werejaguar Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
all that I can say is yes to all of this, this movie is almost the anti-50 shades of Grey to it, and I will predict that we will soon have girls named Furiosa
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blackdemonqueen Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Lovely! I loved the movie and this just helps explain so many things!
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I have to say that I disagree for the most part. Which is unusual for me. 

By calling it 'femdom' it implies that she is actually above him and not that they are working together or equals.

While I agree that she provided him with focus, I feel it more by way of giving him a similar personality to bounce off of. They're both incredibly similar, they've both had tragic pasts. Max's we know most about and Furiosa's is still mostly a mystery. One thing that we don't know, however, is if Furiosa was experiencing anything like the hallucinations or trauma that Max was. Maybe before Max came along, or before she decided to help the wives, she was going through the same thing. The mission may have given them both focus.

Now that you've mentioned it, I do realize that she gave him orders and he simply followed them because he saw her as someone who knew what she was doing, talking about, and had experience in the situation. But Max wasn't often in a positin where he could give orders since he was literally swept up in the whole thing involuntarily.

I'm recalling the part where Max goes off on his own and tells the ladies and war boy what to do while he takes care of the car pursuing them. That was basically the same exchange with Furiosa giving Max orders, but the other way around.

I do see the point regarding the separation. Like how Max hallucinated again when he wasn't with Furiosa. But it came across to me as more of a strange vision and he went to her not to have that focus back, but to help her. Maybe it was to repay the favour, but I think it was just out of mutual respect. And this was a scenario where he knew something they didn't for a change, about the salt dessert, so he provided the info.

Lol, sorry that's really long.

I'm not trying to be arguementative or anything, I just really enjoy discussing good movies and comics and such.

luv!
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Dishdog2319 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
I saw the movie last night, and my girlfriend mentioned the whole femdom thing. I still don't completely see it, but it may just be my own perception of what that thing is. To me it's more a dynamic where the two do what they know they're good at, and hand over the reigns when it's required. To me that's an equality, which I have trouble making comparable to fem-dom, once again probably due to preconceived notions of what it is. Also I feel that you forgot to mention some important characters in the book, the Many Mothers, who were some of the most badass grandma's that I've seen in film. They were about to take down Max and Furiosa's war rig before the latter showed herself to be them. (You don't stick a woman up in a hot ass electric tower without having a target in mind) They managed to kill several of the Pole cats and War boys that came after them. So yeah in conclusion to that bumbling babble, good flick, don't fully see the femdom aspect, women were badass, Nux is my fave
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, Nux was so adorable!! 
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Dishdog2319 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
I dunno about adorable, but definitely awesome
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kayanne21 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta admit, I just finished watching the movie and I did not pick up on any of that.
But hell, different strokes.
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HellionScythe Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Huh. I never even saw their relationship like that. I like this!
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ForeverLurker Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Lady, you make no sense but that's great if that's what you got out of it. This movie floats your boat and you're not Tom Preston.
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randompoliceofficer Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
She explained it thoroughly. If it doesn't make sense that's on you, not her.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a little insulting, don't you think? It makes sense, you just don't agree with it. And neither do I, but whatever.

PS: Tom Preston??
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ForeverLurker Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Tom Preston.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that was the thingy...

I was inquiring more as to what you meant by that.
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Aldark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tom preston is a dudebro feminist who shows off how much of a feminist he is by pointing out every little thing about feminism he possibly can, whenever he can, and however he can. he comes off as really creepy. like hes only doing it to get laid or something. just look up tompreston on deviantart.

Also: I think what they think doesn't make sense is humons definition of femdom meaning 'equal', when femdom literally means 'fem'ale 'dom'inant which is the antithesis of equal. you cant be dominant and equal at the same time.
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So should we assume Lurker is implying that Humon is like Tom Preston? That was the point of my inquiry. I know who Preston is, but thanks anyways.

Also, I agree about the whole 'femdom' thing. I don't think it means equality at all. At least not in this context. Although, to be clear as possible, dom and sub relationships aren't as much about submission and control as they are about providing stability and care.
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Aldark Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No we should not assume that. We should imply the complete opposite. "You're not tom preston" in this case is a compliment. They're saying that Humon has an opinion and is sticking by it, not switching sides whenever a better offer comes along like tom does.
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Ze-Saol Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student Writer
ooooh that makes sense.
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milandare Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Exceptionally well explained! Thank you for reminding me of bits I almost forgot.
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demonprince102 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
but he is not an equal if she knows that dominating him is the way to make sure that he does not decide to attack her or leave in his mind, in this way of thinking max has trade one slaver for another. she hadn't need to physically force him into submission because he was mentally already broken, the reason he does not fight back is because he was not beaten and he see that he could be started to be treat has an equal , but his ? when he wants to take control she says no not what the fuk are you doing? not asking him has an equal what hi he doing; just simple no. at the point he release he has trade one slaver for another and so far has been beaten but know that Furisoa has the skill to kill him. it is fear of death or worse that keeps him in this relationship not willingness to submit . you prove this psychological control that Furiosa as on Max when you state "Max hallucinates when he's stressed and scared, and as soon as he and Furiosa parts ways in the dessert, it starts up again. He quickly returns to her." this line literally shows that he is not able to function on his own there is no choice in his head; he wants to leave but can not for fear of his own head, and Furiosa knows and uses that fact thus she uses it to suit her she needs a willing unquestioning solider whom follows orders to the T and Max is it.( how can you say that he isnt a lesser person in this relationship when she offers not support to help him have a stable mental function without an outside force controlling him ? she trust him because she has that hold over him not because they trust each other has equals )

the rifle scene is something that is a lot more female domination than you give it credit and it illustrates, how broke mentally he is and used to being controlled that there is no need for Furiosa to be telling max what to do because he knows that he is a tool for her to use. the submission isnt because he likes it nor is it because he feels any physical pleasure it is because at his core he has bee condition to follow orders. and can that be a equal relation? where you control someone so much without trying to help them find their own stability without the need to follow blindly behind.

anyway that is my opinion on that relationship there is no balance it
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Skull-Splinters Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Max Hallucinates at that moment not because he cant FUNCTION without her, its the fact that he is telling himself that he has to do whats RIGHT even though he's scared of loosing people he might care about again.... Its why he hallucinates his daughter because he Loved his daughter and she died thus is a person he lost. So having her tell him to go help Furiosa even though he doesn't want to loose what might be important to him, is pivotal in his character development. It says "Don't run from your problems, face them." :/

And for the gun thing, how about he wasted 2 bullets out of the 3 they had left because he's not used to the gun and Furiosa might be better at it then he is?

Seriously, I dont even like Femdom/Feminism, so I just watched the movie and enjoyed it. I didnt look for any of that stuff nor did I get excited over it when I read that it was in there because despite what Feminists say, They're dynamic actually more NORMAL then they would lead you to believe.
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Elle-Oh-Elle Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
You're amazingly patient when it comes to explaining yourself to people who are rude to you. Kudos.
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Arwr Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Expertly put :)
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timsplosion Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Fair point, that does seem to explain a lot of their relationship - but I still like the idea that it's entirely platonic (kinda sick of seeing the 'men and women can't around each other without falling in love' trope time and time again) even if it is a bit femdom-y.
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Skull-Splinters Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So True.
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CrystalCritic Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you'll excuse me I'm going to go and board the ship now.
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StillnessTolls Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting, I've never come across that term (and I haven't watched any of mad max yet ; - ;) But this was very informational- I would say it's an understandable difference.
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EpicWTF Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too like analyzing things but I didn't even think for a second about anything like Femdom while watching this movie. I just loved the characters, how they got along and the effects of course. And the crazy guitarist. It's an amazing movie and their relationship plays a part in contributing to be so awesome but I wouldn't overthink it. But then again, I don't read fanfictions and they were the reason why you posted this journal, so.. :D
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Skull-Splinters Featured By Owner Edited May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I happen to think that they're character dynamic is a lot more normal then people would tend to believe. Maybe not in Entertainment Media, but in real life. So to see that they get along together and work together in that way without falling in love or some other crap like that was really refreshing because it was just a mutual working relationship to see there goals recognized.
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EpicWTF Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! The somewhat romantic part was with the redhead and the warboy. The 'relationship' between Furiosa and Max was realistic for me. Throughout their whole companionship they were in danger and their first goal was survival and not turning this movie into some romantic drama film.
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Skull-Splinters Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just feel like people just need to take the movie at face value and stop looking into things so deeply...
It was a great movie. Nothing sexist happened in it so they should all just stop trying to find reasons to make it seem like there is... smh.
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EpicWTF Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen.
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AoEKrossboy Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fine ok, I'm convinced now. That fendom bit needed some explanation, but I agree now! :3
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Just out of curiousity, what femdom aspects are in the first movie?  Thunderdome is pretty blatant and who doesn't love Aunty Entity?  The redemption warrioress in Road Warrior fulfills  a lot of the role as well... but in the original Mad Max the main female is his wife... more a sense of parity in the character's portrayal... :?
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humon Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
The first one has noting that could be confused for femdom at all. It's more about how scary Miller used to think bisexual men were.
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
:nod:  Like the character "Hawk" in the second film?
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quiroz2 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
I love that people keep analyzing this movie. It just makes all the better for me. :D
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Haven't seen the movie yet...  But yeah, I get where you're coming from.  Actually it reminds me of a post ww2 folk tale from Japan that Clarissa Estes referenced called "The Sun Bear".  The wife of a returned veteran goes to a healer to ask how to deal with her husband's trauma; he sleeps in hole in the yard, won't speak to or look at her and acts like a feral animal.  The healer says she needs three hairs from the "sun" marking on a sun bear's chest.  the-darkwolf.deviantart.com/ar… She journeys into the wilds of the mountains, finds the den of a bear and spends weeks getting it slowly to accept her presence until finally the beast allows her to approach and eventually touch it and gently comb three hairs from it's chest.  Returning to the healer the wife presents the three hairs and is aghast to see the healer throw them in the fire.  "No return home and deal with your husband as you did the bear" she is told.
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Battleaxegirl Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Nicely put :) kudos for this
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