Peter Kuper illustrated a scenario for the documentary Containment:

  • Two female humanoids stand by a fallen fence with bright orange warning marker, one regarding a distant burial site through binoculars. The burial site has giant markings flat on the ground in the form of a radiation symbol, with pylons encircling it
  • Short-haired female humanoid peers through binoculars alongside long-haired female humanoid, with many hardhatted workers behind them (and a colossal drill)
  • Long-haired female humanoid discusses with short-haired
  • Female humanoids (in form-fitting clothing and with breasts) seem to walk toward burial site
  • Long-haired female humanoid looks back, holds up a baton, and whistles
  • Female humanoids, some in hardhats, stand at the perimeter of an excavation site, heavy machinery behind them

Containment treated, in part, the U.S. government’s attempts to invent a linguistic or paralinguistic means of warning future generations of the dangers of a nuclear-waste dump. Those efforts have been a fertile ground for the imagination ever since. (I’ve thought about it for 20 years.) Indeed, “imagination” was explicitly tapped, like a well untainted by nucleotides, in a related government project that ginned up future scenarios, including this one:

A feminist world, 2091

Women dominate society, partially through selection of girl babies. Twentieth-century science is discredited as male arrogance. Warnings about repository are dismissed as another example of muddled masculine thinking.

Aren’t we there already‽

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