Princess Leia : Feminist Icon or Female Stereotype?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you look at the introduction of Leia, she originally is very head strong. I do think that Speilberg wanted a female lead but she is not a “token chick”. She is like her mother Amedalla. Leia’s journey in Star Wars starts with her exterior shell as very hard adn riged. Just look at the hair! But then she adapts and molds, like a woman does, and works on deplomacy. Again, another reference to her mom. So there is almost a softening effect to her. She has grown up in a world of men with porarized emotion (good and evil) and had to stand her ground constantly without the help she wanted. As she grows, she then lets people in. You could argue its the reverse effect of the heroine in the tale. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Leia was spunky, no nonsense, take charge. More so than her mother, in fact. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I don’t know the answer to that, but what I do know is that she had awesome buns (hair). I was her for a good three or four Halloweens when I was little. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

KingsDaughter:  Thank you! I think its fun to look at new and old tales or lore. Must be my history teacher side 😉 I hope what I said helps, I wrote it kind of fast so please forgive my typos. 

What is your paper about? Is it about feminism its self or actions that there of? There other points you can make depending on how much material you need.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  MrsBobcat.
Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I’m not much of a Star Wars fan, but I do know who Leia is and a little bit about her at least. 

I feel that she as a character is a good role model and that there was some work to make her a well-rounded character who had strengths and weaknesses, but I do feel that it’s all valued beneath this one time she wore a very revealing outfit and was submissive against her will–despite the fact that she strangles her own captor herself. Being outnumbered and outpowered at one point hardly makes her a damsel in distress.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

KingsDaughter:  As you can see, I see her as icon. But its all perspective and a good argument at the end of the day. I don’t remember episode 6 off the top of my head. I would have to re watch it to get a better idea. I find with a thesis paper to follow your opinion because it comes through if you try to say the oppoisite. Let me know if I can help!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

MrsBobcat:  Sorry to be picky, but do you mean George Lucas? Not Steven Spielberg?

KingsDaughter:  I think she’s a feminist icon, particularly in A New Hope. She’s brave, she’s not afraid to speak her mind or disagree with men, she enjoys being a leader, and she’s not afraid to risk her life for her people.

Lucas ruined this by objectifying her when he placed her in chains and a barely-there slave costume in Return of the Jedi. But of course, he wanted to give the Star Wars fan boys something to drool over for years to come.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

A New Hope is Episode 4, not 6…anyway, I’d class her as an icon. She isn’t afraid to fight, speaks her mind, stands up to Darth Vader and is the one sent to get help from Alderaan – a worthy leader.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

KingsDaughter:  You can be a feminist icon and be vunerable and feminine and sexy as well. Being a feminist is not about mimicing men, it’s about equality and choice. I thinka big problem with society is that we don’t equate sexy and attractive with being a strong woman.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’d argue her as a feminist icon, especially for a character that was created in the late 1970s.  She was a leader in the revolution.  She didn’t back down from Darth Vadar.  She was as good at using a gun as her male counterparts.  She never needed a boyfriend to have worth.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

shazzshazshz:  Yes! Thank you, I was typing too fast whoops.

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