Star Wars: Episode VII is getting bashed for lacking females

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With the announcement of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast, some people are making a big deal out of the movie not casting enough female parts. Most of the new and returning cast are male with only two females announced including Star Wars veteran Carrie Fisher and newcomer Daisy Ridley.

Personally, I think Star Wars is already doing a better job of having female characters compared to other geek movies, for example, the new Star Trek films. Plus, there’s a rumor going around that they’re looking for another lead female role. If that is true, that means there will be three female leads. How many lead females were in Transformers? How about Guardians of the Galaxy or The Avengers? Yeah, either one or two. If that’s the case, why is Star Wars held to a higher pedestal?

Cosmopolitan‘s Eliza Thompson says that Star Wars doesn’t have an excuse as to why there aren’t more female characters:

There is absolutely no reason why there can’t be new characters added to account for the lack of women in the original trilogy and the newer trilogy.

At least IO9‘s Annalee Newitz goes beyond just talking about the lack of females by also pointing out the lack of other races:

Myths are powerful things, because we learn who we are by telling stories. When are we going to let little girls and kids of diverse races have fantasies as powerful as those given to white boys?

Chicago Now‘s Julie wants more than one new female character:

Yeah, I am disappointed that J.J. Abrams, the man who brought us two of the most kick ass (in different ways) female TV characters of the century (Felicity and Sydney Bristow) couldn’t be bothered to toss more than one new female character into the new Star Wars movie.

BadassDigest‘s Devin Faraci talks about the female population on Earth:

Women make up 51% of the population of this planet. We can extrapolate that even in a galaxy far, far away and in a time that is long ago that ratio is somewhat the same. So why is Star Wars Episode VII so very, very dude-y?

Wired’s Laura Hudson points out the obvious:

If you count up all the significant female characters who appear in the original Star Wars trilogy, the list reads as follows … Princess Leia.

Daily Dot’s Gavia Baker says that the galaxy far, far away is actually scarier than anything Darth Vader did:

J.J. Abrams’s vision of Star Wars is a dystopia far more disturbing than anything Darth Vader could have hoped for: a universe where, without any real explanation, the vast majority of women are somewhere far, far away.

Riiiiiiigggggggtttttttt. So, because most of the main actors are male, means that the female population is significantly less? I call bullshit. Look at the Lord of the Rings movies. Most of the cast are male, but does that mean that Middle-earth has a population of mainly males? Nope.

I believe J.J. Abrams is actually changing the game with the new Star Wars film. It’s not confirmed, but signs point to John Boyega being the main lead. If true, that’s a pretty big step from the previous white male lead roles, since Boyega is of Nigerian descent.

As for anyone complaining about the lack of females in a movie, the people that should be arguing the most is the Asian community. I don’t recall ever seeing an Asian character in Star Wars. If we want to go that route of comparing the galaxy far, far away with Earth, then there should at least one Chinese person for every other race (and that’s not counting Asia as a whole). But I’m not really bothered by it, because there are other big movies that features a lot of Asians (that’s if you count Asian cinema). It just goes to show that you can’t please everyone.

So what are your thoughts? Do you think there aren’t enough female characters?

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