Blog Post #5: Zombies > Humans?

8 Dec

Adina Nack, of Girl W/Pen wrote about the tv, The Walking Dead. The show is about the apocalypse  where zombies come to eat and kill everyone on Earth. On the surface, it may seem like any other horror zombie show, but from this, we can see underlying problems in today’s society. “Zombies do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or ability…people do.” This is why I titled this post ” Zombies > Humans?” From this perspective, can we say that zombies are better than humans? At least they do not discriminate, they eat all. Adina argues that the actions of zombies are actually more forgivable because they lack the capacity to think. While humans on the other hand are able to think and process things that other types of animals can’t. This is what sets us apart.

“Disaster scholars have often noted that privilege (often based in being white, male, heterosexual, of higher socioeconomic status, physically and mentally healthy, etc.) still plays out when natural or human-made disasters strike. Girls and women, in particular, often suffer in sex-based ways when anomie strikes, when norms disappear and laws become meaningless in a ‘post-apocalyptic’ society.” This can be seen in when zombies attack the hospital. They sick and disabled are left alone while everyone else fled to safety. Even though this is a work of fiction, it is evident that such divisions still exist in today’s society along with discrimination and class differences.

I think Adina sums it up best: “If a common enemy should unite, then social scripts of bigotry and bias should disappear. As one character notes in the season finale, human beings may have reached their point of extinction. The question is whether the zombies or our own human failings are to blame. I’ve yet to see a ‘walker’ lurching down a street, but I have encountered far too many living human beings who lack empathy, respect, and compassion for each other and for the diversity of life on this planet.”

-Diana Situ

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