the thing about the “oh of course fandom gravitates towards pretty white boys & ignores female characters and characters of color and especially female characters of color, it’s the creators’ fault because they don’t give those characters any depth/plot relevance!!!” argument is that it’s just….. not true. sure there are lots of shows where that happens but there are also LOTS where it doesn’t and fandoms still behave exactly the same. it doesn’t matter how prominently the creators place women of color, because you all will still fight to ignore them at any cost in favor of white men. despite what you might think from looking at tumblr, prominent & complex main characters of color exist–& in tons of popular shows!–and yet the fandoms are consistently, overwhelmingly saturated with white characters because FANDOMS ARE RACIST, and it’s frankly annoying as hell for you guys to try and blame that exclusively on the creators. own up to that shit.
GEORGE LUCAS ANSWERS THE QUESTION OF JEDI MARRIAGE
JAMES STEWART: “WAS THERE ANY REASON WHY THEY COULDN’T GET MARRIED? WAS THAT THE EMOTION OF IT OR THE IDEA THAT THEY LOVED SOMETHING…”
GEORGE LUCAS: “The whole idea of the movie, ultimately is that you have the Light Side and the Dark Side. The Light Side is compassion, which means you care about other people. The Dark Side is you care only about yourself. And you are obsessed with yourself. Getting your pleasure and getting all your stuff. The other one, you give it to everybody. You give goodness and health to everybody else.”
“So the issue of love, there’s a line between loving somebody compassionately and caring about them and helping them. But the other line is not to be greedy or once you are greedy then you get fearful. You don’t want to lose what it is you have that you are getting. So you have to learn to give up everything. And ultimately for a Jedi Knight, it’s very easy to give up.”
One of the things they give up is marriage. They can still love people. But they can’t possess them. They can’t own them. They can’t demand that they do things. They have to be able to accept the fact, one, their mortality, that they are going to die. And not worry about it. That the loved ones they have, everything they love is going to die and they can’t do anything about it.”
“I mean they can protect them as you would ordinary protect, you know, ‘Get out of the way of that car.’ Somebody charges you with a gun, you knock the gun out, but there is an inevitability to life which is death and you have to accept that.”
“And this is a mythological idea that goes way back to Hades, where once you get power, it corrupts you. So, if you say Anakin. He fell in love with Padme then became possessive of her. He got jealous and all those things. Then when he found out that she was going to die, he would do anything to stop that from happening even to the point of making a pact with the devil to say, ‘Give me the power to save my wife and I’ll do your biding.”
“Well, he got the power to save his wife, but in the process he became powerful and the key to it, he said, ‘Okay I can save you from dying. I can even rule the universe.’ Everybody who gets the power wants to run the universe. They all want to be the Emperor.”
It disturbs me that his idea of marriage is ownership and possession, rather than mutually supportive equals that support each other, and serve as a stable platform to create a safe world for others. It disturbs me that that kind of relationship is portrayed between others, Han and Cheese, Anakin and Obi-wan, Luke and Leia, but not any married pair. Is this why the sequel trilogy had no successful marriages, or successful examples of parenting or mentoring?
@acf151 No, no, it’s not ownership and possession in that sense. The idea is that “the reality of nature, of God and life, is that things come, and things go. They do not stay in your life. And you have to learn to accept the fact, that there is a continuum, that you’re just a part of and the things will be there, then they won’t be there.” So, in truth, you can never have, own, possess anything in life, because everything - all things and beings - are transient. You can’t possess, have, own, grab, grasp pleasures, they’re not yours, they’re only visiting in your life, and you have to be able to make peace with that.
George Lucas himself is a happily married man, and back then his vague ideas about his Sequels included Han and Leia being happily married, too. Marriage, if it based on unconditional love, is happiness.
Marriage is not the source of greed, fear, possession, attachment, etc., it’s not the dark side. It’s just simply something that you can’t really do, when you’re a Jedi Knight, because they’re monks.
They’re dedicating their lives to become the guardians of peace and justice in the entire galaxy. If you think about it, a Jedi who starts a family, must be fully available for the whole galaxy and must be fully available for their family at the same time; they must be like a parent to their apprentices and must be a parent to their children; and they must support their family, and in the same time, they must keep themselves in perfect spiritual, physical and mental condition, deepening their connection to the Force. Not to mention to preserve a healthy amount of time for themselves. The duties of a Jedi and the duties of a parent and a spouse cannot be fulfilled by one person without the expanse of another - or if you can fulfill both, it will be hardly without the expanse of yourself.
Marriage is something they give up for the sake of being able to serve the galaxy as a whole, but they don’t need marriage to be happy. Marriage is the declaration of love, and the Jedi can love. As George Lucas says, “A Jedi is never lonely. They live on compassion. They live on helping people, and people love them. They can love people back. But when that person dies, they let go. Those that cannot let go become miserable. That’s the lonely place.”
american leftists seem extremely focused on anti imperialism (good) but rarely- if at all- discuss decolonization in their own fucking country, despite acknowledging that it is a settler colonial state.
im serious about this though. as an urban indian, i definitely cant speak on this as much as a rez indian could. but i know from talking to rez friends i have and from what the american indian movement has screamed for over the years that we need land we can grow on, we need clean water, we need to allow the wildlife that once lived in this land to live here again (meaning you need to listen to us before building those high speed rails you all get so hard over).
you cant drool over the zapatistas while ignoring people in your own country who have a similar goal
silly me I never provided things to read on the topic of decolonization! I’d personally suggest the following as “beginner level” essential reading to understand decolonization:
Discourse on Colonialism (Aimé Césaire) - this is more a focus on colonization, but I feel it’s a necessary read in my opinion as in order to understand decolonization I believe it’s important to first understand colonization.
Wretched of the Earth (Franz Fanon)
Decolonization is Not a Metaphor (Tuck, Yang)
also an “easy to process” read, to understand landback specifically here in Turtle Island, I’d suggest reading The Red Deal (there is a pdf, I don’t mean the article with the same title)
Decolonization is Not a Metaphor (PDF)
Dueltober Day 4 Prompt : Wizards
Okay I’m not very satisfied with this one, but I couldn’t spend any more time on it lol. So my first thought when I saw the prompt was Old Ben. 😅 Obi-Wan is very good with kids, and he obviously didn’t have many chances to use the force during his 20 year exile so here is a soft moment of him with some kiddos, trying to impress them by lifting some rocks and sand with the force. I imagine he could get away with this because if these kids do try spreading the word that they saw some crazy old wizard lifting a bunch of stones & sand, people would probably assume it was their imaginations gone wild, lol.
Have an adult Padawan Cody from my force sensitive Cody AU where force sensitive clones took over their cloning facilities! A couple of good beans from discord suggested Yaddle as his Jedi Master and that she and Yoda plotted to matchmake him and Obi-Wan together which is a top tier suggestion because its so cute T o T Used fabric references from Grafit studio for the study hence his very impractical sleeves XD They look good while he goes swish swish though XD
As a Jedi, you will have to face your fear many times. In those times, you should remember that you are not alone.
― Lily Tora-Asi (Star Wars: High Republic: The Edge of Balance)
i am a star wars fan and an actual cult survivor so... you can imagine the number of people i've blocked over this lol
I am so sorry that people saw something extremely serious and traumatic and were like “oh, nice, something I can use for shock value and emotional manipulation!” It’s despicable. Words mean things, and using them in such a trivial fashion it trivializes and is extremely disrespectful.
idk. i think fandom could use a lot less of “every person’s interpretation of a text is valid and true!” and more of “reading a text means taking all parts of it into account, including the bits you don’t like or the pairings you don’t ship, to consider what the full picture is and what the larger themes are.”
projecting your fantasies onto a text, hyperfocusing on the characters you think are hot/shippable and building entire theories based on micro interactions that don’t take other competing dynamics and plotlines into account isn’t “analysis” it’s projection and fantasy. which is fine, but take responsibility for your desires and your fantasies instead of making fandom inhospitable for everyone. some readings of a text are plain wrong, others miss or willfully erase vital context just to rationalize romantic pairings. these are not accurate readings of the text. doesn’t mean they should be attacked or shamed, but neither can you expect people to validate every single headcanon and shipper fantasy as a legitimate “reading” of the text either.