We’ve now had four, feature-length Star Wars films since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. Has the sexual disparity continued? Or, without George Lucas’s direct involvement, have the films grown tamer when it comes to the subject of sex?
Star Wars Sexuality in the Disney Era
Honestly, they have. Sexuality in Star Wars now is certainly less prevalent. Some will blame Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and her perceived “social justice warrior” agenda. Nevertheless, there’s no denying the fact that that female sexuality has definitely been toned down in each of the new films. The closest we really get is a female CGI droid intimating at human-droid… relations in Solo: A Star Wars Story. We do, however, have Donald Glover’s smooth talking Lando and his professed pan-sexuality.
No, there’s neither Jyn Erso nor Qi’ra baring anything. Neither do we see much of Rey with anything exposed other than upper arms or calves. About the only, overt sexuality there is in the new films is, well, this:
Sure, he’s shirtless, but let’s be honest: Adam Driver isn’t exactly Adonis. That leaves Star Wars Episode IX as the decider to see if the sexual disparity in Star Wars continues in earnest in film. There’s also The Mandalorian and season 7 of The Clone Wars coming up next year, don’t forget. It will be interesting to see how they handle Star Wars sexuality with those productions.
So what say you? Is there truly a sexual disparity in Star Wars or are we reading too much into it? Ladies – do you want to see more of Poe Dameron? Finn, perhaps? More shirtless Kylo? Let us know in the comments or drop me a line on Twitter – @JJ_Goodman.