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HAN SOLO: WAS THE ‘STAR WARS’ HERO A NOT-SO-SECRET FEMINIST?

Jeanne dArc
"Be curious, not judgmental"
Хорошая статья, рассуждающая на тему того, что Хан феминист. Именно поэтому он идеальная пара для Леи.



Okay, okay, okay…let’s just get this out of the way: the textbook definition of feminism is that you believe men and women are equal. That’s it. By that definition, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) might be the biggest feminist in the entire Star Wars universe — and it’s all based on his relationship with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
Even today, Princess Leia can be seen as a progressive take on the princess myth. She’s nominally royalty. She dresses in demure white gowns. In Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, she is a damsel in distress. But, Leia subverts expectations by being a plucky spitfire who can lead a rebellion as well as she can fire off a blaster. She isn’t the leader of the Rebel Alliance because she’s a princess; she’s a leader because of her political status as a high-ranking senator and military strategist. Of course, Han Solo has to question her leadership ability when they first meet…
When Han questions Leia’s ability to lead them during their escape from the Death Star, it has nothing to do with her gender, though. Rather, Han’s objections are rooted in his own deep sense of self-determination. He says, “Look your worshipfulness, I take orders from just one person: me.” It’s true. Up until that point, Han refuses to treat anyone else as a superior. He tiptoes around the feared gangster Jabba the Hutt’s ire, blithely takes Greedo’s life, and doesn’t seem all that impressed with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke and Leia only become his friends after they earn his trust and respect in battle. Han’s not impressed with Leia’s beauty or her political status, but with her feisty personality.
Luke: So, what do you think her?
Han: Trying not to, kid.
Luke: Good.
Han: Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. Do you think a princess and a guy like me-
Luke: No.
The key word here is “spirit.” Han Solo’s interested in her personality. He’s attracted to her soul. Han Solo likes Princess Leia for who she is and not what she represents.
The only time Luke Skywalker asks Leia anything personal it’s in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He asks her if she remembers her real mother, but really what he’s asking her is if she remembers their mother. He only shows an onscreen interest in Leia’s internal life when it directly affects his impending battle with Vader and the fate of the Jedi.

Contrast this to Han Solo and how he talks to Leia in Episodes V and VI. Yes, he spends most of The Empire Strikes Back trying to get Leia to admit she likes him, but he also wants her to address her own emotional needs. His flirtations are rooted in his desire to see her express herself honestly and to stop feeling obligated to be the pristine image of a woman leading a crusade. Later in Return of the Jedi, when he mistakes Leia’s sisterly concern for Luke as romantic love, his response is selfless and noble. He literally says, “I won’t get in the way.” He is the one character in the entire saga who shows concern for Leia’s emotional needs. In fact, he might be the only character who acknowledges that she’s more than a princess; she’s a person.
Of course, when many people think of Princess Leia, they think of the buns, they think of the sass, but most of all they think of the “Slave Leia” bikini. It’s rather chilling to consider that one of the most indelible images in the Star Wars saga is its heroine silenced, stripped down, and in chains. I know a lot of men have positive feelings about this particular costume — in fact there’s an entire episode of the popular sitcom Friends that’s devoted to it — which is why it’s kind of hilariously ironic that Han Solo was blind during these scenes. That is, the one man who is romantically attached to Leia is the one man who never saw her in the golden bikini. Which means Han Solo is more attracted to a mouthy space age shield maiden than he is to a tight female body on display. In fact, if I could be so bold, I would suggest that Han Solo would be more turned on hearing about how Leia strangled Jabba the Hutt to death — using nothing but the chain that enslaved her — than he would be hearing about how his sworn enemy turned the woman he loved into a tawdry plaything.
Han Solo is a lot of things. He’s a rogue, he’s a scoundrel, he’s a smuggler, he’s a hero, he’s a criminal, he’s a friend, he’s the best damn pilot in the universe … but his love for Princess Leia is what outs him as a feminist.

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2016-04-28 в 17:29 

Диванный философ
I can do terrible things to people with impunity
так люблю статьи которые вы находите
и про люка классная

2016-04-28 в 17:43 

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