A common gripe about classic or popular dystopian fiction like “Blade Runner,” “Brave New World” and “Mad Max” is that their depictions of women are incessantly derogatory. And yeah, the women in these films and novels are, more often than not, treated as tools or sexual outlets or objects rather than actual people. But what if we flip this notion on its head? What if these portrayals of women are, in fact, feminist critiques of their treatment themselves? We can actually see this in action in Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men.” Not only is it a striking depiction of a broken world not far removed from our own, but it sets women up in a way that emphasizes their fertility while constantly subverting it throughout the film.

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