Feminist Prefers Feminist Dominance Over Gender Equality

Crystal Bell writes a piece at mtv.com entitled, THE LAST JEDI IS THE MOST FEMINIST STAR WARS MOVIE YET.

In it, she contends that:

EPISODE VIII PROVES THAT WOMEN RUN THE GALAXY

Yet another champion of gender equality and equal representation it would seem.

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A woman running the galaxy.

For nearly 40 years Carrie Fisher’s smart, resourceful Princess Leia was the only significant female character in the Star Wars galaxy. 

Except for Queen Amidala, and Ahsoka Tano.  And maybe Mara Jade.

George Lucas’s original trilogy is many things — wildly imaginative, wonderfully expansive, and endlessly entertaining — but female-driven it is not.

Probably because the trilogy is about wars being fought in the stars; hence “Star Wars,” the title of the franchise.  Wars are predominately fought by men, which is why a wartime setting such as Star Wars logically wouldn’t be female-driven.

In fact, a revealing supercut from Vulture examined all of the non-Leia speaking parts for women in A New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi and found that there are only three female characters who have any dialogue: Aunt Beru on Tatooine, former senator and Rebel Alliance leader Mon Mothma, and an unnamed Rebel controller at the Hoth base.

Yes, I’ve discussed this cut and pointed out that in order to make the point the editor wanted to make, they were required to also cut out the strong female lead.

While that doesn’t take away from Leia’s importance as a Rebel hero and pop culture icon — after all, she was a blaster-firing princess who could save herself long before it was popular…

As long as we don’t let the past die.

But the single-most radical thing about The Last Jedi isn’t its story or genre subversions — it’s its overt feminism.

But I’m repeatedly told that accusing The Last Jedi of overt feminism amounts to nothing more than a conspiracy theory.

Rose is a delightful addition to the Star Wars universe, a character whose Rebel spirit is unbreakable, as evidenced by the way she stunned would-be deserters on the Raddus mere hours after her sister’s death. 

Yeah, how come there weren’t any deserters who blew her away with a blaster?

Not to mention, it was her idea to sneak onto The Supremacy to temporarily turn off the First Order’s hyperspace tracking device (and no amount of mansplaining from Finn can take that away).

Finn couldn’t mansplain his way out of a paper bag.

Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) is a woman put into a position of power following General Leia’s near-death on the bridge. Poe Dameron’s (Oscar Isaac) immediate mistrust of Holdo’s authority has as much to do with her feminine appearance — her amethyst hair, matching dress robes, and ornate space jewelry (at Fisher’s request), in particular — as it does his hotshot, male ego. 

Well, that’s because commanding officers generally tend to wear rugged utilitarian uniforms into battle, rather than fragile hippie cocktail dresses that would be blown off of her with a stray wind.

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Nothing builds confidence in a General’s command like a nice cocktail dress.

The way he refers to Holdo as “not what I expected” is extremely telling, especially as he proceeds to undermine her at every turn despite her experience and capabilities.

Yes, it’s telling that the screenplay was contrived to pander to the fantasies of the 3 or 4 misandrous feminists in the room.

J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens established that there was more to Rey, a scrappy young scavenger from Jakku, than meets the eye. 

Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi revealed that there was less than meets the eye.

The Last Jedi sends her off on her very own hero’s journey to Ahch-To, a remote planet where a world-weary Luke Skywalker has been living in self-imposed exile.

In a galaxy run by feminists, who could blame him?

“It just feels right, especially now,” Johnson told The Los Angeles Timesof the film’s diverse group of female heroes. “It’s a sea change you feel happening. The fact that it is powerful for folks who haven’t seen themselves [reflected] on screen, as heroes and also villains, all types of characters… to see how much that matters to people, and how emotional that is, has been really impactful.”

Now if only life imitated art, and we saw more females signing up for Selective Service.

But The Last Jedi isn’t just a film featuring a cast of complex female characters; it weaves multiple stories in which men not only learn to listen to women but also suffer actual consequences when they don’t.

It also unwittingly weaves the story of two days worth of failed missions that happened all because the women in charge forgot to gas up, leading to the deaths of all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters.

Poe’s storyline with Leia and Holdo is the most blatant example of this. At the beginning of the film, he’s, in Holdo’s own words, a “trigger-happy flyboy” whose reckless actions lead to a major Resistance victory at the cost of nearly their entire fleet.

But certainly not as reckless as suicide bombing your only heavily armed capital ship.

Poe thinks he’s a leader, but he doesn’t understand that true leadership means knowing when to fall back.

Feminists could learn a thing or two from Poe.

His contempt for Holdo is an all-too-real example of the kind of casual sexism female bosses often face. Poe is the most likable guy in the galaxy, but even he has trouble taking orders from a woman who’s not Leia Organa.

Or maybe it’s because Holdo is an ignorant hippie who didn’t realize that she could have had a droid pilot her ship.

When it’s later revealed that Holdo had a plan all along that would save the Resistance, a plan she made knowing she’d have to sacrifice her own life, it’s Poe who has to acknowledge his mistakes.

And thanks to Holdo’s plan, all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters die.

Blowing things up doesn’t make you a hero and, hey, maybe listen to the woman above you and stop mansplaining your way through the galaxy.

You do realize of course, that blowing things up is the primary purpose of war, as in Star Wars, right?

Finn learns a similar lesson on his mission to Canto Bight with Rose. When he stops talking and starts listening to Rose, he sees the beautiful casino planet for what it really is: a shiny facade inhabited by ugly war profiteers. Their bonding moments on Canto Bight ultimately set up Rose’s heroic act in the film’s spectacular finale, in which she risks her life to save Finn from his ill-conceived suicide mission. Just as Johnson said, watching a female heroine finally get her moment and save the day — by saving the male hero — is impactful.

And also deeply stupid.

It’s just as impactful as seeing two leaders of the Resistance come together in The Last Jedi‘s most emblematic moment. “So much loss,” Leia says to Holdo, knowing she’s about to lose yet another friend. “I can’t take any more.”

Not to mention the loss of fans to the franchise.

“Sure you can,” Holdo smiles. “You taught me how.” (That line was improvised by Dern as a tribute to her onscreen idol, Fisher, and Leia’s lasting legacy.) This moving exchange is poignant not just because it’s an emotional goodbye, but it’s also a declaration of admiration between two powerhouse women — a rarity in Hollywood blockbusters like this. There was never a rivalry between Holdo and Leia; they were just two old friends working together for the greater good.

Too bad Leia didn’t teach Holdo how to set up the auto-pilot.

 It may have taken four decades, and one infamous gold bikini, but women are finally running the galaxy far, far away.

But what about equal representation and gender equality?

6 thoughts on “Feminist Prefers Feminist Dominance Over Gender Equality

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  2. I fail to see what is wrong with a golden bikini when feminists claim that slut shaming is wrong and that sluts should be praised for their nasty sluttiness.

    Does this SJW feminazi from MTV even understands Leia’s character at all or the context of that scene? *shakes head* I swear, kids these days…

    And hey, I just found this blog, by the way. I’ll go read other posts now.

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    • After slumming through multiple articles written by uneducated SJWs and feminists in particular, I’ve come to the conclusion that the vast majority of them haven’t seen or read any Star Wars material prior to the Sequel Trilogy.

      They seem to be making comments based solely on clips, trailers, or repeating things that they’ve heard or read other people say or write.

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