May the 4th: Happy Star Wars Day from Legion of Leia
Happy May the 4th, a.k.a. Star Wars Day. This is a big one for me, not just because I love Star Wars, but because it’s the third anniversary of Legion of Leia. It’s been a pretty intense year since the last time I wrote an anniversary post. We had the release of Rouge One. We lost our Princess, Carrie Fisher at the end of the year. We had that election. Screw not talking about politics. I’m terrified for my country and I assume that, if you’re reading my site with any regularity, this is not a surprise. I was down with major surgery for months and couldn’t write, or do much of anything else for that matter. I want to thank my assistant editor Christina Janke and my writer Sarah Musnicky for keeping the site going when I could not.
It’s been an odd year, but at least we’re talking more about women in the entertainment industry, representation and the like. We’re getting Wonder Woman on the big screen for the first time. The Handmaid’s Tale is rightfully freaking us out the way it freaked me out back in college when I read it. Things are changing and I hope it’s for the better.
I have to say, running a site is not what I expected and I’ve had so little time to devote to Legion of Leia lately. I don’t think I appreciate it sometimes…not until May the 4th comes around and I think back on everything that has gone into this. I think about the little girls and little boys I meet at conventions who’s parents read the site for them. I think about the people who have read what all of our writers have worked on and talk about how it mattered to them. I think about what Star Wars and Princess Leia meant to me when I was little, when we had very few female role models that weren’t arm candy or cyphers. I think about all of the amazing people I’ve met and I remember why I started this site in the first place. This matters to me. Seeing ourselves out there and represented in the geek world as women and seeing the amazing men who support us being vocal, it matters more than I can say.
You’ll see me more in the coming days. I’ll be there for opening day of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If the theater lets me, I’ll have my lightsaber. Yes, it’s still in my trunk at all times. You never know when you’re going to need a Jedi, right?
Happy May the 4th, everyone. May the Force be with you.