On Strong Women

Okay, enough game postings. Let’s talk about something else.
I saw Star Wars 3 last Friday, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Think I need to see it again and maybe sit a bit further from the screen to really enjoy the action to the fullest. But one of the things that really struck me in SW3 was how Padme has become a complete wimp.
In SW1 she was a very strong character, a Queen although she was 14 or whatnot. In SW2 she fell for Anakin, the violins surged, and she got the opportunity to dance around in that “Sound of Music” scene with Anakin riding the giant ticks. Now, in SW3, she basically sits at home pregnant, in the penthouse of a huge tower, sullenly gazing out at the ships travelling by and fretting about when Anakin will return. What happened to the strong Queen? Is George Lucas trying to make a statement about what pregnancy does to women? I don’t think so, I think it’s just entertainment and has little hidden meaning, but I sure missed Strong Padme.
One of the things I enjoy the most about art is how it reflects back at the viewer; art doesn’t exist in a void, it exists as part of a dialogue with those who are observing it. You can see yourself in your own reactions to art. For me, SW3 really highlighted how appreciative I am of strong women. I don’t for a minute believe that one has to surrender their life in order to have children, which seemed to be implied by the movie.
I was pleased to see an article on Alternet today that echoed my thoughts… Star Wars III: The Curse of Pregnancy.
Okay, I have more thoughts on that, but I’ll stop for now. Just a quick jot. 🙂