In an interview with Good Morning America, J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens had this very cool thing to say about wanting mothers and daughters to see his new film:
“Star Wars was always a boy’s thing,” Abrams said. “I was really hoping this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well.”
Rad. I love that he put some serious thought into the female perspective while he was working on The Force Awakens!
Because, although I hate to say it, he’s right.
Debatably right. Girls have always, always, ALWAYS loved Star Wars. And, furthermore, have always, always, ALWAYS been a significant part of the Star Wars fan-base. We here at Legion of Leia are proof of that.
However, societally speaking, Star Wars has primarily been seen as a “boy thing.” Star Wars clothes and especially toys are usually found in the “boy” section of the store. Still are.
So hopefully that will be changing soon.
This quote is also extra exciting for us Star Wars fans who are pumped to see Princess—excuse me– General Leia and Rey kicking ass in the new installment. Because what Abrams said, hopefully, foreshadows that these women are just as strong, powerful, lovely, and badass as we want them to be! Can’t wait!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th!