Rosie Fletcher writes a piece at Digital Spy entitled, How Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the first truly feminist Star Wars film.
In it she contends,
Is that how all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters get led to their deaths? What happened to gender equality?
Yes, I’ve discussed the multi-layered nuance of the alien nipple milking sequence.
But people keep telling me that accusations of feminism in the franchise amount to nothing more than a conspiracy theory.
Which was a reflection on the gangster Jabba the Hutt, who forced her to wear it.
Probably because she was in the midst of a war, which are predominately fought by men.
Again; war. As in Star Wars.
The easiest way to pass this test is to simply not have any men at all in the film. Then there’s no men for women to talk about.
But I wonder if this entirely worthless test is ever applied to men? Do men in movies talk about anything other than men? Probably it’s not if it’s a war picture, since wars are fought mostly by men. War pictures such as Star Wars for instance.
At any rate, does The Last Jedi actually pass this test, since Leia and Holdo spend most of the movie talking about Poe; a man? Unless we’re not qualifying Poe as a man here.
What would a passively feminist movie look like?
Generally speaking, commanding officers inform their subordinates of their plans in the form of orders and battle plan presentations. Episode IV and VI practically had Power Point presentations so that the rebel soldiers could all get on the same page in their assaults on the Death Stars. Communication aids coordination.
I’m not sure that destroying their only heavily armed capital ship would qualify as the greater good. Particularly not when they could have had a droid pilot the ship anyway.
While the First Order batters down the Resistance’s blast doors and proceeds to kill all but a dozen or so of them. Love hurts.
They organized two days worth of failed missions that led to all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters to their deaths, all because the women in charge forgot to gas up. That’s the real subtext.
Maybe then we can finally get a Han Solo/Mr. Mom mashup.