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Tuesday 3 November 2015

Slave Leia and Social Change

Stephen Harper - 2012 - "I will never tell my young daughter that a woman should should wear a slave leia costume because she is woman."

Rumor: Disney May Be Retiring "Slave Leia" Merchandise For Good

Several sources, including the text above from this one.

The comments sections of articles discussing the issue - or Leia actress Carrie Fisher's advice to Daisy Ridley about not letting anyone put her into a slave outfit - are telling.

Fisher gets criticism about her weight, her not minding when she was making money, about not having read the script, about her drug challenges, etc.  Not so much about the pressure faced by actresses in general at the time (and now) to dress as told and lose weight as told or never get work.

Disney gets accused of liberal conspiracies - probably along the same lines as the secret Jewish (JJ Abrams) plot to hand white actor jobs to black actors like John Boyega.

Remember the ruffled feathers from that time Imperator Furiosa was a major (and major awesome) character in Mad Max: Fury Road?  

Recognize the tizzy some journalists and other pundits are getting themselves into over Justin Trudeau's decision to make his cabinet 50% women?

There's a pattern emerging, here:

- Institutions are slowly starting to reflect ground-level demographic reality in the policy-and-culture-setting pieces of our society.

- The folks who've never had to fight against gender, ethnicity or religious stereotypes are feeling threatened, and pushing back.

These aren't stories about ethnic conspiracies, or liberal agendas, or feminist plots.  


These are stories about a sub-culture of men feeling threatened by a reality that takes away privilege they never had to earn.

Hate to break it to ya, fellas, but time and tide wait for no man to catch up.

Those who can't adapt to the new reality, well - we know how survival of the fittest really works, don't we?

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