WHY STAR WARS IS BAD FOR YOUR KIDS

No, Star Wars is not bad for your kids because (*** spoiler alert ***) they don’t want to believe Daddy could ever turn out to be Darth Vader in disguise.

It’s because of what it tells your little princess – and your little Luke – about gender roles.

Now it seems Hollywood never had this problem 75 years ago. For all the emancipation we’ve had since The Wizard of Oz, movies have been trending down when it comes to encouraging healthy attitudes to manhood – and womanhood.

So what do you think?

If you’re a writer – do any of your books pass the Bechdel test? And if you’re a parent – what did your kid learn from the movie they watched last night?

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4 Responses to WHY STAR WARS IS BAD FOR YOUR KIDS

  1. Most of the movies I watch pass the Bechdel test as do my draft novels that have a female protagonist (4 out of 5).
    Could he flip the assumption? Is it possible that people are drawn to the fantasy of these films that don’t pass the Bechdel test because real life is often different these days due to the messages women are getting from films they’re drawn to?
    Great post to get me out of my comfort zone, double check what I’m writing about and if I’m falling into gender stereotypes.

  2. Christina Carson says:

    Fascinating TED talk – well reasoned and caring. I couldn’t write a book that didn’t pass the Bechtel test. It would bore me to death. Plus the women in my novels include men in their conversations.

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