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Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer.
The Hollywood Reporter published an article on Dec. 21 called, “The Most Destructive Man of ‘The Last Jedi,’” and while it focused on a character called Poe Dameron, it also covered how the film treats masculinity in general.
Like Luke, Poe makes a sudden and unconsidered decision with disastrous consequences, not so much for him but for everyone around him. Luke and Poe both survive the mistakes that they make, too. It’s others who end up paying for them. (It may or may not be intended that the men in The Last Jedi routinely make choices that get other people killed while the women advocate for pragmatism. Either way, that sub-theme feels like an indictment of ignorant macho bluster at a time when our culture needs it most.)
And on Dec. 22, The Los Angeles Times published, “‘The Last Jedi’s’ Laura Dern on answering to ‘Space Dern’ and getting LGBTQ characters into the ‘Star Wars’ universe.” As the title suggests, the article/interview spends time emphasizing the importance of sodomy.
And while she embraces the queer back story written into Holdo’s history outside of the film, she emphasizes the importance of seeing LGBTQ identities fully portrayed on screen in the “Star Wars” universe: “I look forward to a character being deeply represented in terms of their sexuality.”
The perspectives on masculinity and sodomy are not unique to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And you will see much more of them in the future. Yet some people don’t care for this trend (and other trends). If you are one of these people, now is a great time to start reading my fiction if you haven’t already done so.
My stories have themes and perspectives entirely different than what you will find in The Last Jedi—different than any other stories that I know of as well. And if enough people read and support what I write, then my current tales just might be the dawn of many more stories yet to come.