The new Star Wars movie is playing to critical acclaim, and at least one character is drawing a whole new type of fan to the venerable brand. Kaylee Fagan has this Perspective.
Growing up, I was never particularly girly. Some of my favorite childhood toys included rubber dinosaurs and hand-me-down Big Wheels.
Although I embraced my tomboy side, I often felt alienated by media — especially TV and movies — that I somehow knew weren’t made for me, because I was a girl. I was especially turned off by Star Wars.
Despite never actually watching the films as a kid, I grew up surrounded by this franchise. It bothered me that all the boys I knew had lightsabers like Luke Skywalker’s, while Princess Leia was left out of toy campaigns... because her most notable props were a silly hairdo and a slave bikini.
As I got older, it became more intentional. I refused to see the movies when friends offered to loan them to me, and I rolled my eyes at the men who insisted I would love Star Wars, if I just gave it a chance.