DRush76: you're right as regards to the pregnancy (something which I am not familiar with) : this would lead to a certain "nesting" for many women as I understand it. And PiettsHat: domesticate is indeed a far better word choice for what I was trying to convey. Actually, as DRush76 said, I don't particularly have anything against Padme's choices - a heavily pregnant woman is most likely far more focused on domestic issues. I *do wish* we had seen more of the "cut" scenes to flesh out her character, though. It is AoTC (and particularly its novelization) that I start to have the occasional issues with her portrayal. While I like the movie, it is the source of most of my dissatisfaction with characterization in general, Anakin most particularly, but Padme and Obi-Wan as well (it's ROTS that cemented my fondness for Obi-Wan, not AoTC). I can buy that strong, professional-centered women can fall in love and dream of a family life - but in media, it's how this is portrayed that often bothers me. The gender "gap" is most visible at such times. I agree that Anakin actually seems less attached to his "job" than Padme: I can safely say I rather overlooked that, and yet it seems that it is Padme who is far more willing to remove herself from a professional life (or lessen it) in favor of a domestic life (again, based on the novel as well as the movie). When this comes out in ROTS - well, again, a woman about to give birth will have at least a temporary shift of allegiances - any mothers (fathers, too) wish to expand on this based on personal experience which I lack? Female-female friendships seem to feature mainly in "chick flicks" (until "Mr Right" comes along ): they rarely feature in "action" or sci-fi movies, so I can't fault GL for that, especially when SW is set up as a father-son dynamic. As for: I'm not impressed with muscles, so tank-topped Luke was more of a curiosity than idolation. And Anakin's shirtless scene seemed rather "pandering" than anything else. But still - I wouldn't hide my eyes at a shirtless Obi-Wan, no, but truly, I find his eyes and smile most mesmerizing. The combo of mischievous glint and grin is terribly appealing (I am far more impressed by actors whose face and postures are used as tools to really develop their characters). But really - you know me well.