Why Nemesis Is A Feminist Icon

I've tweeted it a few times and screamed it at the coaster itself in my latest Alton Towers vlog, but in reaction I'm often asked, "but Jordan, what exactly do you mean by Nemesis is a feminist icon?" Well...actually nobody ever asked me that but I have been shown some screenshots in the not so distant past of people mocking me for my outrageous claim, so I thought I would break down for y'all today exactly why Nemesis is indeed a feminist icon and why you should all respect and worship her and the ground upon which she stands. There is no satire intended here, no joking or sarcasm. Absolutely not. So pull up a desk and grab a notepad because school is in session and I'm about to educate you all. You're welcome.

So let's be clear from the offset - Nemesis is a girl. We know this from the backstory briefly explained when the coaster first opened in the comic book and was further elaborated upon in the spin off ride Nemesis Sub Terra where we discover her underground lair of secret eggs. This bad bitch is a mummy and she is PISSED that you've potentially disturbed her resting babies. And you know the old saying, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, which might be one explanation for why Nemesis is so fucking relentlessly intense! But yh, for those of you who have studied semiotics it's really easy to draw comparisons between the symbolism represented in the theming and narrative of Nemesis and famous feminist-monster media texts such as Alien (those SubTerra eggs are startlingly similar to those belonging to the acid-dribbling Xenomorph no?) and 80s body horror flicks like David Cronenberg's The Brood.

She's the physical embodiment of the modern woman who has it all - a full-time mum AND badass other-wordly alien creature enduring a relentless battle for her freedom and eventual world domination. Respect her authority! For those who want a little extra background reason, the fabulous Barbara Creed has an incredible book on the subject called The Monstrous Feminine in which she examines the ways in which movie monsters portray various aspects of femininity as well...monstrous.



Like her fellow feminist icons such as British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, trailblazing scientist Marie Curie and pop superstar Beyoncé, Nemesis did something nobody else has done before her and absolutely slayed the house down in doing so. All of these women changed the world in the most incredible and unbelievable ways, and Nemesis is no different.

Being the first B&M inverted coaster outside of the US when she opened in 1994, Nemesis was an absolutely game-changer not only for Alton Towers but for the British theme park landscape in general. Before her were simple coasters-on-concrete type affairs offering mild thrills and maybe a few inversions here and there if you were lucky. Nemesis didn't only break the mould of what a theme park attraction could be, she completely annihilated it and henceforth set new goalposts for future rides following in her footsteps. She paved the way for some of the biggest and best theme park attractions we have here in the UK and if that kind of radical change doesn't ooze feminist spirit to you then I don't know what will.


Errm yh, for those of you who hadn't clocked what has always been glaringly obvious to me from the design of the Nemesis monster, sorry not sorry; you're riding around a giant set of female reproductive organs. Look, I don't make the rules, I didn't design the thing and I certainly won't be held responsible for a society that is so subconsciously obsessed with vaginas that they crop up in the weirdest and mostly wonderful places (Eye of Sauron anyone?) But it's true. Let's take a closer look - firstly, observe the colouring and the folds of fleshy skin. Now take a closer look. I'll wait...yh it's pretty undeniable isn't it? I'm not saying it's DESIGNED to look like a vagina, obviously, but it's hard to argue that the colouring and styling of the station building doesn't evoke a certain..vagina-ness?

And then step back and take a look at the monster itself - especially the way the bulbous eyes protrude on fleshy stilts off of the central hub (or womb, if you will) of the creature. I don't know about you, but to me that is certainly reminiscent of all those drawings of female reproductive organs found in our GCSE science books.

My final point on this is an annoying one because the park got rid of the rivers of blood, but a point certainly could have quite elegantly been made about the connotations of heavy flows of red water pouring from a giant vagina monster. World's worst PMS - another great explanation for the undeniable fury felt when riding this coaster!

It's a vagina m'dudes...(source)

So for some reason the park decided to change the storyline of Nemesis slightly between the opening of the coaster and the time Sub Terra rolled around, but originally the hefty B&M track was explained narratively as the heavy chains used to try and keep the beast under control. Under a feminist lens one could easily read this as the dominating restrictions of a patriarchal society trying desperately to control the monstrous feminine - ie a creature they do not understand and therefore fear. And how do you control fear? You suppress the FUCK out of it of course! Sucks to be the patriarchy though, because like any self-respecting feminist icon Nemesis is a boss bitch who simply refuses to be constrained and contained, resulting in that twisted mess of track that we all adore so much that came to be as a result of her thrashing and protesting with every ounce of her being against being tied down and controlled. Fucking get it girl.

So as you can see, Nemesis is very much the feminist icon we need but not necessarily the one we deserve. Especially if you've just read through this rolling your eyes and thinking 'dumb feminist trash' or similar. To which I say, I don't think you should be allowed to ride Nemesis in all her glory until you have taken the time to properly take a step back and appreciate everything she stands for. Also screw you I had fun writing this.

PS if you'd like to purchase a t-shirt or similar containing the above awesome Nemesis design, head to my friend Joey's shop which is full of tons of fab theme park designs!

Talk later xoxo,

CONVERSATION

16 comments:

  1. I fucking hate this post with a passion.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wasn't the track color originally all grey?

    ReplyDelete
  3. i fink dat der namasis is a man.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That’s interesting that you think that - what’s your reasoning? That’s the great thing about this world, everything is open to interpretation ☺️

      Delete
    2. nemersis has big willy cock

      Delete
  4. I'm sorry but as someone with no bias towards or against feminism, comparing a roller coaster to this is ludicrous and makes a mockery of any serious factors.

    Surely this has to be a late April fools joke?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It’s fun to analyse things through different lenses, it’s what academia is built upon - you can have a feminist critique of a TV how or a movie etc just as much as you could have an economic or socio-political critique of it. Anything in the entertainment industry especially is ripe for such interpretations, and it’s part of the fun of what makes us human in exploring the meaning behind things and understanding that all aspects of our culture have multiple layers of meaning - from ‘just a rollercoaster’ to ‘feminist allegory’. Just because you don’t particularly perceive it a certain way doesn’t make it wrong.

      Also it’s my blog so I’ll write what I want 😂

      Delete
  5. This is honestly the funniest thing I've read in quite a while ��

    ReplyDelete
  6. Richard Lerwill11/04/2019, 07:43

    Now Jordan, which coaster is the gay icon? I'll get thinking

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Obviously it's Stealth which is secretly themed to RuPaul's Drag Race - start your engines!

      Delete
  7. I fucking love this post with a passion

    ReplyDelete
  8. Is it OK that I thought it looked better when it was all grey before they added rust coloring?

    ReplyDelete

Back
to top