Thanks to male feminists like Bryan Young, feminist ideology can now be freely criticized without fear of accusations of sexism and/or misogyny being taken seriously. Men can and do routinely claim to be feminists. As a result, feminism and the female gender are no longer inextricably linked in the modern era. Today, anyone can identify as anything. So women and feminism are two different things in the 21st Century. Therefore, criticism of feminist ideology does not automatically translate into criticism of women. Nor does criticism of feminist ideology automatically constitute a War on Women™. Caitlin Busch writing at inverse.com confirms this within the context of the Star Wars universe:
“Side note: feminism isn’t just about people who identify as women. The film’s main male characters — Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker — were all allowed their own room to grow and change and feel their feelings, which is a subject that more male-focused feminism often looks at. In our world, men are often told time and time again that they’re not allowed to feel emotion; the guys in The Last Jedi were not only allowed to feel emotion but encouraged to, and that’s lovely.”
I’ve certainly done my own fair share of criticizing feminist ideology here on this blog, so let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the headlines of these timeless classics.
But when articulating the blatant distinction between feminist ideology and the female gender, many debaters will counter with the accusation that there is no feminism in any Disney Star Wars film, and that we’re reading too much into it or looking for conspiracy theories where there are none. One writer expressed this as such:
And then there’s people who proclaim to be…
Star Wars defined popular, big-screen science fiction. Still, what many viewers best recall is assertive, hilarious Leia, the diminutive princess with a giant blaster who had to save them all. As the 1977 film arrived, women were marching for equality and demanding equal pay, with few onscreen role models. Leia echoed their struggle and showed them what they could be. Two more films joined in, though by the early eighties, post-feminism was pushing back and shoving the tough heroine into her pornographic gold bikini. After a sixteen-year gap, the prequels catered to a far different audience. Queen Amidala’s decoy power originates in how dominated she is by her massive royal gowns. This obsession with fashion but also costuming as a girly superpower fits well with the heroines of the time. The third wavers filled the screens with glamorous, mighty girls – strong but not too strong, like the idealistic teen Ahsoka of Clone Wars. However, space colonialism, abusive romance, and sacrifice left these characters a work in progress. Finally, the sequel era has introduced many more women to fill the galaxy: Rey, Jyn, Rose, Maz, Qi’ra, Val, L3-37, Captain Phasma, Admiral Holdo, and of course General Leia. Making women the central warriors and leaders while keeping them powerful and nonsexualized emphasizes that they can share in the franchise instead of supporting male Jedi. There’s also more diversity, though it’s still imperfect. Hera and Sabine on the spinoff cartoon Rebels and the many girls in the new franchise Forces of Destiny round out the era, along with toys, picture books, and other hallmarks of a new, more feminist fourth wave for the franchise.
The Amazon description was clearly written by someone who gained her knowledge about the early 1980s from her uneducated feminist professors, not having actually lived through the era herself. Sarah Conner in The Terminator, another feminist icon, graced the silver screen in 1984, only one year after the release of Return of the Jedi. The writer of this description also fails to understand the true context of Leia’s infamous gold bikini.
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 slimier. A 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. Furthermore, later in that same film, Princess Leia engages in a speeder bike chase and accompanying firefight, not to mention battling in the skirmish to take down the Death Star 2.0’s shield generator on the forest moon of Endor.
So when words such as “pornographic” are used to describe Leia’s gold bikini, it becomes clear that the writer has no idea what they’re talking about. In fact, given that most feminists seem to be under the impression that Leia pranced around through all three films in the Original Trilogy wearing nothing but the bikini, suggests that they’ve never even bothered to watch the films.
There’s a good chance that these feminist writers are conflating the Original Trilogy with Star Wars burlesque, which many feminists will tell you is empowering to women.
And here they are, writing books about Star Wars, or more accurately, about feminist idiocy cloaked in Star Wars cosplay.
What does 3rd and 4th wave feminism have to do with war? Little to nothing. But that won’t prevent SJWs from shoehorning their ideological poison into the franchise anyway since they happen to like the cute cosplay outfits.
I look forward to the follow up to this book, which will undoubtedly be about toxic masculinity in Star Wars. If you doubt that’s coming at some point, then ask yourself how likely you thought this book would be published a mere 5 years ago.
Only one thing is certain; SJWs will continue to ramrod their absurd ideological agendas into all future Star Wars content, including the animated series, the live action series, and all future feature films. Just wait till Episode IX introduces time travel, allowing for Rey to travel back in time and save the galaxy from the first Death Star herself and become the real hero of the Battle of Yavin. It is her destiny.
Apparently, the R2 unit in the image on the cover of the book was built for the daughter of the founder of the 501st Legion, who died from a brain tumor.
A Twitter user created a more accurate cover for this book: