I absolutely do not think that is a coincidence; I think strong females are important for Lucas. In the bonus material on the AOTC DVD, Natalie actually talks about that very subject of Lucas making females attractive yet strong, and how that is a great part of being in Star Wars. Padme in ROTS was pregnant, I think that is why they lessened her heroics (hard to run, shoot and fight when you are carrying that much extra weight). The part of her dying for lost love was old-style, Shakespeare-esque tragic romanticism, I don't think that denotes weakness. Yes, I don't know why these people are calling for the thread to be shut down, you may be right about that being homophobia.