Star Wars Gender Roles

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The female representation in all Star Wars movies was primarily made up of only two characters, Leia and Padme, until episode 7. The female characters during the first 6 episodes had some strong stereotypical imagery. A scene where Leia was a slave in a bikini was frequently used as a reference for her. For Padme, it was her sentimental relationship with one male character. In episode 7, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the female representation changed positively with more participation in leading roles and one of the three producers. This last female producer brings a new point of view in the production room, which was clearly needed. Besides being part of the producers, Kathleen Kennedy is the first woman president and brand manager of The Star Wars franchise. This represents a big step forward in the movie industry, especially for the Star Wars franchise, where the male figure was predominant. The record sales in this movie proved that a specific gender is not necessarily important for movie success.…show more content…
The leading role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, portrayed by Daisy Ridley, is Rey, who breaks every possible stereotype that women usually suffer as the main character in a movie. There’s no sexual reference in her personality or costume. In fact, her costume has no bright colors and shows very little skin. Rey is a character who was abandoned by her family, living alone as a scavenger, which totally contrasts with past female characters’ economic situations in this franchise, where the female role has big titles like princess or

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