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Star Wars - Gender Neutral?


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Senladar
12.28.2011 , 01:40 PM | #1
Would you guys consider Star Wars as a theme to be "boyish" or gender neutral?

We are considering setting up our Nursery with a Star Wars theme, however we won't know the sex of the baby for awhile.

I feel that Star Wars is gender neutral, my wife disagrees and feels it's very male driven and would make no sense for a girl.

Thoughts?

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Senladar
12.28.2011 , 02:28 PM | #2
No one?

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Al_Sparagus
12.28.2011 , 02:32 PM | #3
Maybe you should show her the story about the little girl bullied at school for liking Star Wars, and how all the women fans came to defend her.

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rajahkhan
12.28.2011 , 02:36 PM | #4
Definitely "boyish". All of the main action characters in the movies are guys. Leia is definitely in a support role.

I suspect that wookies and droids would appeal more to boys, especially at a young age.

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csward
12.28.2011 , 02:40 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by rajahkhan View Post
Definitely "boyish". All of the main action characters in the movies are guys. Leia is definitely in a support role.

I suspect that wookies and droids would appeal more to boys, especially at a young age.
Natalie Portman plays a pretty decent role in the newer movies and on Cartoon Network, the show, "The Clone Wars", revolves at least partially around a female protagonist.

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foulcault
12.28.2011 , 02:52 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Al_Sparagus View Post
Maybe you should show her the story about the little girl bullied at school for liking Star Wars, and how all the women fans came to defend her.
More then just the women fans. Heard she appeared at a con and had a tropper escort or such improtu in her honor.

I think the general feeling is that it is boyish however I think it can work to be gender neutral. As a geek I wouldn't think much of it so long as the kid actually saw star wars and it didn't appear just to be "mom and daddy dress me this way for geek points".
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rajahkhan
12.28.2011 , 02:58 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by csward View Post
Natalie Portman plays a pretty decent role in the newer movies and on Cartoon Network, the show, "The Clone Wars", revolves at least partially around a female protagonist.
But even with all of that, the OP is talking about a kid. Kids tend to think very linear and in black and white concepts.

Kids will tend to focus on people running around with lightsabers and blasters, and most of them, by far, are guys.

How many times do you see Leia dressed in a slave costume, compared to her with a blaster?

If the OP spent time and effort, he could focus on the female characters and what they accomplish. That could be one way to do it.

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Smithie
12.28.2011 , 03:13 PM | #8
i would say that it's more boyish than girlish. Obviously there are girls that like star wars but it tends to be mainly boys.

It's not because it doesn't have a lot of female heroism or characters. I just think the content suits boys more.

For example Lord of the Rings doesn't have a lot of female heroism or characters either but the the content is more gender neutral in my eyes than star wars.

then again it might be just our society and how we've been brought up that makes us think this way.

If you are going ahead with it i would suggest jawas and ewoks !!
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georgemattson
12.28.2011 , 03:34 PM | #9
Kinda depends on what sort of values you're trying to teach your child. It would seem to me that ruling out Star Wars simply because your wife feels it's not in line with what's properly "female" (assuming you have a girl) buys into Hollywood's idea that men are more suitable as action figures. I'm not a parent yet, so I'm not really qualified to give you advice on the subject, but this seems like pigeon-holing your child before he or she is even born.

On the other hand, psychology studies have shown that even in the most neutral of environments, boys do tend toward stereotypically male toys (guns, trucks, etc.) while girls tend towards stereotypically female toys (dolls, etc.). So, I'm guessing that there's a possibility that you have a girl and she has no interest whatsoever in Star Wars, given that it's rather action oriented.

Heck, how much does an infant absorb from something like this anyway, I'm wondering? It's not like your kid is going to come out of the womb knowing what an X-Wing is.

Maybe you ought to ask a qualified professional (pediatrician, maybe?) if something like that would be appropriate, instead of getting feedback from us?

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Kommandoran
12.28.2011 , 03:49 PM | #10
Of coarse it's gender neutral! And I need no motivation for this claim
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