Feminism In Star Wars Spotlight #001

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The excitement builds, the moment we have all been waiting for as December looms closer. On Thursday April 7th, 2015 Star Wars fans from around the globe in all their various time zones were excessively browsing online to watch their beloved franchise which has collected a multitude of fans over nearly four decades. They watched intently with eyes gaping and jaws dropping when they realised that the leading role was once more a woman, namely a character known as Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones) in the new upcoming movie Star Wars Rogue One A Star Wars Story.


 There was outrage across the globe from apparent voices of dissent, from males clearly upset that once more there was another leading female character in a Star Wars film releasing their aggression with commentaries being raised such as “Star Wars was falling prey to a feminist movement”.

There appears to be a conspiracy theory developing.  A theory where female dominated roles are taking over the industry and male roles are becoming less frequent and less dominating. The battle of the sexes rages on it seems, will it ever cease? Will there finally be a balance in the Force in Hollywood? It is nothing new for female characters to have leading roles in action films with examples such as Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, and Mila Jovovich in the Resident Evil series. Ideally the balance being right should be the aim and direction of Hollywood as much possible; to highlight the best of both genders male and female in ways which are the most befitting.

It is extremely controversial this topic, but the writers can create magic in the end or spark controversy. Ideally we would most like to see both males and females being portrayed in the most positive, beneficial and realistic way; and most of us are certainly watching films for characters with a powerful spirit which invigorates our senses by their heroism and their strength in character regardless if it is male or female.

Rogue One is coming out in December and as always and forever there will be the people whom like it and the people who do not. In the end there are many movies people like and movies they do not for a variety of reasons; we cannot let the creativity be halted or hindered by phobias of any kind.

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Written by: Michael Gusman

Edited by: Krystee Anidem


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