Is it Leia’s fault?

No_Nym, guestblogging on Bitch PhD suggests that Princess Leia is to blame for the dearth of women in science and engineering…

Princess Leia – Return of the Jedi “slave girl” version 3.0

Hm. Not sure.

Her point on Dora the Explorer is good though, bringing in cousin Diego was a major sell-out.

Still not nearly as bad as “Princess Disney” or “Barbie”.

Is this a good time to link to a favourite David Brin rant on the Evil That Is The Star Wars Meme?
I worried about this until a) Jar-Jar Binks and b) the Jedi attack at the arena to rescue He Who Can Not Act
Proof conclusive.

UPDATE: read Shelley’s post on Retrospectacle – she makes the case for Leia well, although I still tend to side with David (Brin) that the overall tone of Star Wars is antiscientific.
It is not Leia’s fault, but that dweeb of a brother she got stuck with.


  1. #1 razib
    August 15, 2006

    dude, you should have labelled this “not work safe.” :)

  2. #2 Greco
    August 15, 2006

    dude, you should have labelled this “not work safe.”

    The dumb filter they have where I work would probably block the whole page anyway.

  3. #3 Louise
    August 15, 2006

    Princess Leia? Puhlease! How about sexism, ageism and unremitting hostility to women in science?

  4. #4 No Nym
    August 17, 2006

    Hi, Steinn.

    If you look, I also linked to Brin’s stories on Star Wars. I think I’ll blog more reasons to hate Lucas next week. See also my comments to Shelley.

  5. #5 Ron Chusid
    August 17, 2006

    There may be some logic behind this, but it may be unfair to place all the blame on Leia. Check out these pictures (bottom of post):

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