Is Disney/Lucasfilm Slut Shaming Princess Leia?

A reader of this blog going by the handle Toki posted an interesting comment that I thought might be worth further exploration.  He wrote:

“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.”

For those who may not know, an explanation of slut shaming may be in order.  According to SJW ideology, shaming sluts is improper and even immoral.  Finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com provides a definition:

Short answer: Slut-shaming, also known as slut-bashing, is the idea of shaming and/or attacking a woman or a girl for being sexual, having one or more sexual partners, acknowledging sexual feelings, and/or acting on sexual feelings. Furthermore, it’s “about the implication that if a woman has sex that traditional society disapproves of, she should feel guilty and inferior” (Alon Levy, Slut Shaming). It is damaging not only to the girls and women targeted, but to women in general an society as a whole. It should be noted that slut-shaming can occur even if the term “slut” itself is not used.

Generally speaking, this includes criticism of women who dress provocatively.  The feminist believes that criticizing women who dress provocatively amounts to a suggestion that women take precautions to prevent themselves from being raped, which is also improper.  The Washington Post writes:

“The idea that women’s clothing has some bearing on whether they will be raped is a dangerous myth feminists have tried to debunk for decades.”

To counter this cultural sin, feminists routinely organize SlutWalks during which feminists march while scantily clad, in an effort to make a statement to would-be rapists that their chosen lifestyle will not be hampered by them, or slut shamers.

So it’s interesting to apply this concept to Princess Leia’s infamous gold bikini, and how feminists react to it.  Here’s a sampling of statements from some articles that I’ve discussed here already:

“In many ways the female power of The Last Jedi feels like a fitting tribute to the late Fisher, the fearless and unapologetically feminist Force of Star Wars. It may have taken four decades, and one infamous gold bikini, but women are finally running the galaxy far, far away.” ~Crystal Bell, mtv.com

“Although Leia has long been a feminist icon, Star Wars hasn’t always had the best track record with its portrayal of women. Both its original and prequel trilogies had few speaking female roles and only one female lead each. Those female roles were often overly sexualized (like Leia in the metal bikini) or criminally underdeveloped (that Natalie Portman’s Padmé dies of a “broken heart” at the end of Revenge of the Sith is a sin on par with Jar Jar Binks).” ~Kelly Lawler, USA Today

“Yes, fangirls had Leia, a Rebel leader and sharpshooter with an even sharper tongue. But she was also dressed in a gratuitous gold bikini for a chunk of the third film.” ~Nicole Lyn Pesce, Moneyish.com

“The original Star Wars trilogy featured one awesome female character, but she was reduced to a bikini-wearing slave in Episode VI and she never got to talk substantively to another woman (unless she had an off-screen chat with ill-fated, green dancer Oola).” ~Rosie Fletcher, Digital Spy

“Female role models were limited to Leia, a princess who began as a rebel with a blaster but was reduced to a pinup by the gold bikini slave costume Carrie Fisher eventually admitted was not her choice.” ~Tracy King, NewStatesman.com

“It may have taken four decades, and one infamous gold bikini, but women are finally running the galaxy far, far away.” ~Crystal Bell, mtv.com

“Princess Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) gold bikini in The Return Of The Jedi has been credited with the sexual awakening of an entire generation of Ross Gellars men. 

“The fact that Rey highlights Kylo’s lack of a shirt only cements its importance as a marker of the female gaze, our very own Princess Leia in the gold bikini moment.” ~Anne Cohen, refinery29.com

“It’s light-years ahead of how sexualised women were in previous Star Wars movies, be it Carrie Fisher’s infamous metal bikini in Return of the Jedi or Natalie Portman’s many pointlessly midriff-bearing outfits in Attack of the Clones.” ~Ben Mack, villainesse.com

“That brings us to the worst of the worst: Return of the Jedi. I could go on for a millennium about everything wrong with the gold bikini, from how it was used to silence both Carrie and Leia, to how it poisoned relations between Star Wars and its female fans for years to come by attempting to brand it a boys’ story.” ~Kimberly Teraski, themarysue.com

It’s a testament to Carrie Fisher that people are still obsessing over the gold bikini that she wore for a portion of one Act in one film 35 years ago.  Heck, Melissa Leon from The Daily Beast wrote an entire article devoted solely to asking if it was time to retire Leia’s gold bikini, not realizing that film is forever.

Slave

The horror…

But what’s interesting to note here, is how the very feminists who partake in SlutWalks and decry slut shaming and criticism of provocative dress choices, are committing the very same sins that they accuse everyone else around them of committing when writing critically of Leia’s gold bikini.

What’s also interesting is that many of these feminists seem to be under the delusion that Princess Leia pranced around throughout the entire Original Trilogy wearing nothing but a gold bikini, which suggests that these feminists have never actually watched the films.  I have to wonder if they’ve been watching Star Wars burlesque instead, which burlesque dancers will tell you is empowering to women:

These feminists also seem to be either unaware of, or unable to process, the real context of the gold bikini. Feminists erroneously think that the gold bikini was there solely to sexualize the Leia character and to draw the male gaze.  But they’re wrong.

The gold bikini was of course a reflection on the gangster Jabba the Hutt who forced Leia to wear it while he held her in captivity.  That made the gangster all the more slimy.  Your gangster character won’t be very threatening or imposing, if he’s concerned with things like equal representation and gender equality.  Leia even strangles the male gangster with the very chains he held her captive with, while in the very bikini that he forced her to wear.  It doesn’t get more feminist than that.

But it appears that Disney/Lucasfilm may be listening to these SJW busybodies anyway.

Patrick Sklar of escapistmagazine.com reported:

Artist for Marvel, J. Scott Campbell, said on Facebook that sexy depictions of Leia in comics are discouraged. “Disney is already well on its way to wiping out the “slave” outfit from any future products period. You will NOT see any future merchandising featuring the slave outfit ever again. Trust me,” he went on.

Mathew Jacobs reported more of Campbell’s comments at the Huffington Post:

“We can’t even draw Leia in a sexy pose at Marvel, let alone in that outfit!” Campbell wrote. “We also had a 3-D SL statue killed at a major manufacturer because there will no longer be any SL merchandise.” (“SL” means Slave Leia.)

Mike Sampson reported more of Campbell’s comments at screencrush.com:

Daisy Ridley won’t have to fight against anything. Disney is already well on it’s way to wiping out the “slave” outfit from any future products period. You will NOT see and future merchandising featuring the slave outfit ever again. Trust me […] I’ve heard it from two sources. 

Campbell responded with a tweet:

For the record, I didn’t say this with any authority, I simply mentioned it seemed to be the case: https://t.co/uK49cpibn0 #ComicGate

— J. Scott Campbell (@JScottCampbell) November 3, 2015

Well, that was in 2015.  How much Slave Leia merchandise have we seen released since then?

Some have argued that distancing the franchise from Leia’s gold bikini somehow makes Star Wars more inclusive to women.  But then, did the decades worth of female cosplayers who have cheerfully donned the infamous gold bikini at conventions ever feel excluded?  I’m not sure that anyone has bothered to ask them.

What makes all of this even more intriguing when examining SJW psychopathology, is that many of these very same feminists are joyfully gawking at Kylo Ren’s bare naked pectorals.  It would be simply fascinating to read one of these feminists attempt to reconcile all of this.

26 thoughts on “Is Disney/Lucasfilm Slut Shaming Princess Leia?

  1. I thought Carrie Fisher had addressed this once and for all:

    (to a father wondering what to tell his daughters about a Leia ROTJ doll)

    “Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.”

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  3. Wow, I didn’t think my comment would spark a new post. You explained this very well, and I fully agree with your comments on how the feminists can’t (perhaps they don’t want to) understand what they’re talking about. It’s all political propaganda for them.

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