io9: Hey Star Wars — Where the Hell Are the Women?

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There really isn’t anything I can think of to add to this excellent article by io9: Hey Star Wars — Where the Hell Are the Women? other than to say that it is disturbing that in the realms of fantasy and science fiction, so many authors chose to follow mainstream stereotypes when they can literally create whole new worlds.

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  1. says

    I’m kind of surprised, and probably shouldn’t be. At the end of the series, the only women POSSIBLY alive in that galaxy are Leia, Mon Mothma, and that comms officer on Hoth who says they’re activating the ion cannon.

    They’re probably thinking, “We’ve doubled the number of core women characters relative to the first movies! Hell, we equalized the number of men to women! What more could we do?”

    It would help if some of the minor-yet-interesting characters, a la Boba Fett or Wedge (both of whom took on lives of their own within the fandom), are female.

    • Chortles says

      In the case of Boba Fett, Episode II and The Clone Wars “canonized” Boba Fett as a male Human (as well as overriding a previously-canon short story where Boba Fett was a nom de guerre for Jaster Mereel), but there have been rumors that the Boba Fett spin-off movie would have that Boba Fett be killed off and his identity adopted by the person that appeared in Episodes V and VI.

      As for how “in the realms of fantasy and science fiction, so many authors chose to follow mainstream stereotypes when they can literally create whole new worlds“… I suppose maybe the OP imagined that the very ego and laziness you brought up in Hollywood would somehow be less present in the case of Star Wars?

      (Alternately, I’m admittedly of the belief that in recent years Star Wars writing “showed up for the lightsabers and explosions” and not “here for the philosophy and deeper themes“… it’s why hearing of J. J. Abrams being attached to the sequel trilogy did it no favors in my mind.)

  2. Alice Rozen says

    It’s being made by JJ Abrams, aka the guy that set out to destroy Star Trek because he hated it, and had all the (and by that I mean one or two) women strut around in their underwear. And put a birth scene in the first Trek film in order to ‘hook’ the female audience. And whitewashed Khan. The guy is a vile racist misogynist and he’s in charge of making the new Star Wars trilogy. Lets face it, if he could take the progressive Star Trek franchise and turn it into regressive garbage, just imagine what he can do to Star Wars. What’s worse is that he can make such offensive rubbish and enough people love it that his career soars, rather than crashing because he’s a sexist racist douche. Meaning that enough people are equally sexist and racist in order for him to be such a success.

    • Chortles says

      I never got that vibe from him other than whitewashing Khan, but then again that was because my impression of Abrams was “just getting his name out there so that he can do Star Wars, aka what he’d really have rather been working on.” (Then again, I’d thought that a bunch of people had already diluted or regressed Star Trek’s progressivism well before him.)

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