Science20.com: “Zombies Are All About The Heteronormative Power Struggle“:
University of South Africa English Studies Professor Jessica Murray – who specializes in feminism, embodied memory, gender studies and women’s writing – managed to intertwine two current cultural waves, transgender rights and zombies, into one article that offers a narrative on why zombies are all the rage: People implicitly desire alternative constructions of gender and sexuality.
…post-apocalypse is all about really; sex … social and ideological constructions … gender and heteronormative power structures … Patriarchal dominance, like our zombie future, is undying and completely unaware of the horror it evokes.
Thanks to Science20 for good link and proper citation:
Jessica Murray, ‘A Zombie Apocalypse: Opening Representational Spaces for Alternative Constructions of Gender and Sexuality‘, Journal of Literary Studies Volume 29, Issue 4, 2013, DOI:10.1080/02564718.2013.856659
A close feminist reading of Deadlands and Death of a Saint reveals that the most insidious threat is patriarchal constructions rather than the zombies that linger at the margins of the survivors’ world.