If you’re a veteran internet time-waster the website, Cracked.com is an old, dear friend. Their countless amusing lists, 6 Bizzarelly Moments from the Mario Universe, 8 Things to Try if You Get Trapped in a Time Loop and 8 Famous Movies Made by the Last Person You’d Ever Suspect to name a few, are the most engrossing articles of useless knowledge you’ll ever spend hours digesting. Turns out their videos are freakin’ hilarious and super informative as well. Let’s take the latest After Hours discussion featured, Why Star Wars is Secretly Terrifying for Women. After Hours is a web series featuring Daniel O’Brien, Katie Willert, Soren Bowie and Michael Swaim. They gather at Pat & Lorraines in Los Angeles to discuss all sorts of vital pop culture issues like Which Ninja Turles Are You? Life Most Important Question or How Breakfast Cereal Mascots Brainwashed You. These are import discussions worth having, don’t forget.
Back to their most recent episode, Why Star Wars is Secretly Terrifying to Women. Watch it below and then join me after the jump for some analysis from this slightly disenchanted female Star Wars fan.
I’m glad to know I’d have a decent future in space-hooking since I’m not a princess. Fuck you, Lucas. Of course, this video and their wonderful points made in it haven’t made me turn my back on the galaxy far, far away. In the same way the constant crappy treatment of woman comic book characters hasn’t made me stop reading comics. I stay a fan because I have hope for the future, or in Star Wars’ case, the past.
The first point made in this video isn’t a new one, Leia is the only girl at the party for the original three Star Wars films. The only girl worth noting anyway. Even though I’m a Mon Mothma fan (I knew her name!) you would need to look beyond the movies to learn enough about her to care. Their second point surprised me, I had always seen Leia’s rescue of Han as romantic and heroic, but now, ugh, I feel a little ashamed thinking that. I mean, why is Han important to the rebellion anyway? They’ve lost soldiers and pilots in battles before but because Hans shacking up with the princess he gets rescued. Also helps one of his best buds is the only Jedi around. They’ve brought up some tough things for me to consider, Leia is still my girl but she’s changed a little in my eyes.
You’ll notice After Hours doesn’t mention the prequels, and I won’t either because they don’t do much to elevate the numbers of admirable females either. In fact their one strong female character, Padme is whiny and boring come the third film. She gives up one life because her husband went psycho. Hello, Padme! You’ve just given birth to twins, are they not worth living for!?
But I digress, what I mean when I say the future of Star Wars and their inclusion of more diverse female characters is the animated program, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I know you’ve read me raving about this series before and this is only another example of the Clones Wars surpassing the movie franchise. They have not one, but four diverse, interesting, strong and often times admirable female characters. The first is Padme who in this version is allowed to be a willful, determined senator. Then there’s Anakin’s padawan, Ahsoka who we’ve seen grow from an annoying little brat to a truly noble and talented Jedi. The Duchess Satine of Mandalore braves an assassination plot and keeps true to her pacifistic beliefs as she tries to hold her turbulent home world together and out of the war. And finally, Dooku’s once apprentice, Ventress is a formidable fighter, force user and comes from a secret, matriachial society of bad ass witches.
It’s a man’s galaxy, we’re just trying our best to muddle through it. Anyone else dealing with an inner battle of loyalty versus disdain for George Lucas and his lack of women, or am I too late to this feminist party?