"Strange thoughts brew in your heart when you spend too much time with old books." (Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Princess Leia - hero of the day

Been watching the Star Wars movies again this week (original 3.) Lucas isn't exactly a poster boy for feminism, but he did a good job with Princess Leia. Most chick heroes have to be clad in skintight or skimpy clothes in order to bring in the male traffic / make them seem less tough or masculine. But Leia wore dignified robes or practical fighting outfits; and though Lucas eventually gave in and gave us one of the most enduring sci fi pinup images, at least she got to kill Jabba with the chain of her captivity. A great hero to grow up with.

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