Open Forum: Is Avatar Pushing Traditional Sex Roles?

15 January 2010

Take one part Star Wars, one part The Matrix, add a dash of the Smurfs – and voila, you have Avatar.  What would sound like an improbable sci-fi blockbuster has become the smash hit of the winter, and rightly so.  The plot line is engaging and the screen effects are unrivalled.  It is certainly worth your $11.00 to see it in the theater. 

The movie’s agenda regarding native cultures and the environment notwithstanding, what do you all think about the way it portrays roles for men and women?  Does the Na’vi tribe strike you as patriarchal or equalitarian?  Does the movie embrace traditional views of gender, or does it suggest something more progressive?



  1. The tribe was obviously like american indian people. It’s hard to call that traditional exactly, but kind of. The guys are in control of most things but not really…. the women can still put an arrow through your head, and are in charge of most of the spiritual stuff.

  2. it was all pretty yinyang, imho.

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