Anne Cohen writes a piece at Refinery 29 entitled, Kylo Ren’s Pecs Prove Star Wars Is About Women Now. I kid you not.
In fact, despite her spunky personality, the Leia of the original Star Warstrilogy was a fantasy created entirely for the male gaze. Her cry for help was the ultimate manifestation of the damsel in distress, a princess calling out for her only hope: men.
So in other words, although you may have read a little John Berger in college, you haven’t actually sat down and watched the Star Wars films.
Princess Leia was the prototype for the strong female lead in modern cinema, she cast the mold. “Into the garbage shoot, flyboy!” is a line of dialogue that doesn’t bespeak of a damsel in distress calling out for men to save her. The flowing white gown that obscured her figure could hardly be described as created for the male gaze, nor could her insulated winter gear on the ice planet Hoth, nor could the camouflaged poncho she wore in her speeder bike chase on Endor. You are aware of course, that Leia didn’t wear only the gold bikini throughout the entirety of all three films, right?
And you are also aware of course, that the gold bikini itself wasn’t just there to titillate men, right? That it was a reflection on the gangster Jabba the Hutt who forced her to wear it while in captivity? It’s amazing how many times I have to explain the proper context of this. I’m beginning to think that everything feminists know about Star Wars is informed by burlesque and convention cosplayers.
Well, it was never the case actually.
It wasn’t as welcome for Rey, who appeared to be repulsed because she asked him to put some clothes on.
“That was important to establish what she was actually seeing,” Klyce explained. “Was she hearing his voice or seeing his face or just his eyes? And so that [shirtless scene] is to inform the audience, ‘Oh, she can see his body.’”
Now, given that feminist activists are fighting for topless rights, shouldn’t you be demanding a topless scene for Rey in Episode IX, for the sake of equality?
Apparently, you’ve been watching Star Wars burlesque rather than the actual films.
(And they’re right: Box Office Mojo statistics indicate that female attendance on opening night increased by 10 percent compared to The Force Awakens, for a total breakdown of 58 percent male, and 43 percent female.)
And immediately after the successful opening weekend, the general attendance dropped like a stone. And it doesn’t appear that any of the female attendees are buying toys or merchandise. Can’t wait to see the box office for Episode IX. JJ Abrams is already pre-fabricating excuses.
But Rey averts her gaze in disgust.
The Last Jedi is littered with clues indicating this shift. In fact, the film as a whole is basically an indictment of toxic masculinity, from Vice-Admiral Holdo’s (Laura Dern) total contempt for Poe Dameron’s (Oscar Isaac) brash, macho heroism, to Finn (John Boyega) and Rose’s time on Canto Bight, a sort of Space Monaco that highlights the greed and corruption of those who have made money off this long and arduous conflict by selling arms to both sides.
Yes, but the toxic masculinity that The Last Jedi indicts is dependent upon wholly contrived situations that don’t reflect the real world. This is how feminists imagine men to be, as opposed to how men actually are.
Now, wait just a darned second here. The seventh film, The Force Awakens, purportedly passed the feminist’s sacred Bechdel Test.
So, are you contending here that The Last Jedi doesn’t contain brutality, disorder, and pain, even though all but a dozen or so Resistance soldiers are killed by the end of the film? Just the editing of this film alone should qualify as disorder.
(For the naysayers who claim there is no male dominance in Star Wars, I refer you to this montage of all the lines spoken by women in the first three films, Princess Leia not included. They all fit neatly into a one minute and 23 second-long video.)
Yes, I’ve discussed how in order to make that point, the editor was required to cut out the prominent strong female lead. Which of course means that there’s no point here at all.
Remember, Star Wars was an ensemble film. Unfortunately, feminists misperceive any movie containing any males as male-driven.
By having the women in charge lead all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters to their deaths?
The disillusionment doesn’t just target the Dark Side. Rey, so full of hope in the last installment, realizes upon meeting her idol, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), that his hands aren’t that clean when it comes to his nephew’s sudden shift towards the Dark Side.
Yes, the film does a wonderful job of depicting all the males as incompetent dirtbag deadbeats. A perfect feminist fantasy.
Leia demoting Poe after his stubborn need to destroy the Dreadnought at the cost of dozens of lives and — a Han Solo-like move that, in previous films would have earned him heartthrob hero status — confirms that there’s been a change in strategy.
What Han Solo move specifically are you referring to? I’m asking because I know that you haven’t watched the films.
And the Resistance is on its last legs precisely because of that life force leading them.
That indicates an already-established power structure that has allowed women to rise through the ranks, although Poe’s “that’s not who I was expecting” comment still indicates that there’s still some room for improvement.
Yes. Poe should have been written to be much more subservient in order to appease all the feminists in the audience.
At what point does Luke ever express that the future of the Jedi is a Skywalker legacy? Again, I ask because I know that you haven’t watched the films.
What exactly did Rey earn? She knows everything and can do everything, right from the start. There was never any earning depicted anywhere on screen.
This all adds up to what Annalise Ophelian, a documentary filmmaker whose latest project, Looking for Leia, takes a look at female Star Wars fans, called the “first truly Bechdel Test passing scene” in the franchise. And although she doesn’t specify the exact one she’s referring to, the fact that I’m not able to guess is progress in itself. “Female heroes are traditionally presented in cinematic isolation,” she told The Guardian. “This film gives us women working side by side, women in technical positions, and of course women learning the ways of the Force.”
And spend most of the movie talking about Poe, presumably a man.
Or that the social mission is just stupid in and of itself, without regard to whom it includes or excludes.
The only person that was ever in control was the author, George Lucas. So what on Earth are you talking about?
Over the weekend, Kevin P. Sullivan, movies editor at Entertainment Weekly, highlighted a half-star review that claimed “I’m all for taking female characters to center stage but they did it at the expense of the male characters. The men were weak, cowardly and impulsive. The women were strong, independent leaders…Again I’m all for having strong female leads, but not like this.” Translation: strong women are fine, but only if the men are stronger.
So in other words, you’re translating what the reviewer actually said, into what you would like for them to have said, in order for it to fit into the narrative that you want to believe in. Why even bother reading any reviews at all? Why not just make it all up, since that’s effectively what you’re already doing anyway.
Related are the many reviews that take issue with the “political agenda behind its creation,” as another half-star reviewer called it. The film definitely doesn’t hide its liberal bent, but at the core of this messaging is a deep-seated discomfort with women taking the lead in a narrative that has, until now, been geared towards men.
The deep-seated discomfort with women comes purely from the feminist imagination. The feminist needs men to feel deep-seated discomfort with women, for them to feel like social justice folk heroes fighting against…something.
Actually, most people generally have good things to say about that film.
Not all fans share this negative view, however. In 2015, #WheresRey started trending on Twitter when people realized that she was missing from the action figure six-pack created for The Force Awakens. Once Hasbro, which created the product, assured fans that Rey figures were in fact available, they became so popular that stores all over the country started reporting shortages.
“It must be crazy to live in a world where you think there aren’t strong women everywhere,” Tran said. “On the one hand, there are amazing women doing things in the public eye, but also just being a woman and having your period every month, and wearing heels to work, and dealing with people who think you can’t do something because you’re a woman. If someone watching this movie thinks that it’s unrealistic to have this many strong women, then I think they should walk outside.”