Here's to More Girl Power in All Corners of the Universe
Today is May the 4th, and what better way to celebrate the galactic institution that is Star Wars than to take a look at how they’ve taken steps toward a more inclusive universe?
When you think about the first six episodes, you think of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo's adventures and attempts to save the day. You may have identified with the lead female characters, Princess Leia and Padme Amidala, who for all their strengths and capabilities were not given as many world-saving opportunities as their male counterparts. You may have wondered why Padme's promising storyline devolved into a doomed romance, and what the heck they were thinking with "Slave Leia."
And then you take a look at the two new movies, Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the standalone Rogue One. Heroines finally front and center, rebelling against the Empire and the First Order and the patriarchy. Rey is a hardworking scavenger who rises to the challenge when she crosses paths with the Resistance, while Jyn Erso's difficult childhood has made her hard and cynical but not indifferent to the call of the rebel force.
They can take care of themselves. They're dressed in functional, adventuring-appropriate clothes. And they don't need any handholding, romantic or otherwise, thank you very much. They are complex characters whose storylines don't revolve around a love interest, although some romance is still in the picture.
They can take care of themselves. They're dressed in functional, adventuring-appropriate clothes. And they don't need any handholding, romantic or otherwise, thank you very much.
Jyn, Rey, and a handful of other female characters like Maz Kanata and Princess-turned-General Leia, give us hope for the future of the saga and the generations of girls and boys who will be watching. Young girls who will identify with them, and be inspired to be as brave and kind and smart as them. Grown girls who will relate to their struggles and celebrate their wins. Boys of all ages who will look up to them as much as they idolize Luke and Han.
While we've got a long road ahead in terms of female representation—yes to women of color taking the lead, and more women fighting the good fight—in this galaxy and beyond, the presence of these heroines indicate that we are on the right path. May the force be even stronger, with more equal opportunities onscreen and off!
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.