2. Star Wars Gains a Feminist Fighter.
Top-grossing movies almost exclusively feature a white, male-driven storyline (there’s an awesome Maureen Dowd piece from the NYT a few weeks ago that explains why), and so lists of successful films flood our gaze with images of hot-but-heroic dudes in fitting t-shirts or super-tight tights--ahem, how you doin’, Chris. And this week’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t change that a whole lot; except we can take some solace in the presence of Rey, one of the lead characters who is now being hailed as the first feminist protagonist that the Star Wars franchise has ever seen. Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, has managed to do the impossible: capture the experience of a real, full, AND interesting woman who is capable of fighting, nurturing, and prevailing--all at once! Wow! And we thought it could never be done. Plus, the cast delivered more diversity than what we normally get in action/fantasy films, which greatly enhances this feminist win. Plus PLUS, at an opening weekend total of $248 million grossed, it would appear audiences are loving it, too. And in other news, Chewbacca was spotted buying his morning coffee on Sunset Boulevard in his favorite “This is What A Feminist Looks Like” tee. Go chew on that.