I haven't seen this issue brought up except in a few isolated posts so I thought it deserved its' very own topic. Honestly, I hate films that portay women in traditionally male roles. Now, I don't mean roles where a woman is strong-willed, like Princess Leia, but roles like female fighter pilots, female soldiers and female bounty hunters. I think Leia's character was great and it rang real for me. Whereas seeing a female bounty hunter was the height of absurdity. How many female bounty hunters have you ever seen in real life? Come on, that's just ridiculous. I think it's a huge mistake for GL to be slowing feminizing the saga as he has been doing. It just seems that he's trying to fulfill some type of Politically Correct agenda and he's using SW to accomplish this task. I came across this article of someone who shares some of the same concerns: Stop the feminist pandering... Seriously, this is a lame idea. Why is a female Jedi necessary or even beneficial? From my point of view, "The Phantom Menace" was a fairly weak film in comparison to the previous films in the Star Wars series. Part of the reason is that Lucas is getting away from what originally worked for him and is starting to pander to other people's wishes, political correctness, commercialism, etc. A great example is the all-but-useless character, Lando Calrissian. Did Lando fulfill any essential role in the films other than to be "the black guy"? Couldn't Han Solo have destroyed the second Death Star while Leia led the Endor attack in "Return of the Jedi"? Or maybe vice versa. (After all, Leia was the "other" Yoda spoke of.) I think it would have been a cleaner and more interesting film. The original spirit of Star Wars was George Lucas' nostalgic salute to the old sci-fi serials and comic books he grew up with. "A New Hope" was so brillant and fresh *because* he did not make it for anyone other than himself. It was a huge risk for him to take, but it paid off. I honestly believe he needs to get back to that. He does not need to make a film for frustrated feminists, for the NAACP, or even for his own kids. He needs to make the movie he wants to make. Further, Star Wars is strongly rooted in the mythological archetypes as presented by Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. Feminist writers have tried to make "warrior women" archetypes comparable to the "warrior male" by twisting Jung's theories but only with limited success. In classical mythology, there is something lacking in the warrior woman. (The Amazons of Greek mythology, for example, inexplicably cut off one breast, mutilating themselves over a shame of their sex. I am still waiting to see Xena do this...) Finally, Lucas has already done more than most for the empowerment of women with the introduction of the strong and decisive character Princess Leia. At the time Star Wars premiered, Leia stood out like a blazing icon for the modern woman. Personally, I would love to see one woman in Star Wars, just one, who is truly submissive and follows the men. To me, that would be refreshing. I know that he now has several little girls of his own and I wonder if he is regretting the films he made earlier. As a result of his own films, little girls are brought up in the shadwo of Princes Leia. They are taught to be ashamed of feminity, like the Amazons of old. Girls now let their appearance slack, behave confrontational, and concern themselves with the rat race of making the most money. In short, they have adopted all the bad aspects of men while failing to pick up on the virtues of honor and accountability. So are you telling me we need more of that? I don't think so. I say bring back the old myths, George, and tell them true. --------------------------------------------- Thoughts?