A Feminist a Day: Rey

Who is she?

(WARNING: SPOILER ALERT)

rey_bddd0f27Rey is a fictional character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A scavenger who has lived on the planet Jakku since being abandoned by her family as a child, Rey has survived on her own, and learned how to defend herself in her harsh surrounds.

There are so many kick-ass Rey moments to savour – when she orders Finn to stop holding her hand, when she confidently flies the Milennium Falcon, earning Chewy and Han’s respect, and when she shocks Kylo Ren with her unbridled power of The Force.

Rey is smart, resourceful and strong – a female main character in an action adventure blockbuster movie, which is pretty rare.

Which is why there was universal outrage when it was discovered how little Star Wars merchandise featured the movie’s main character – even the Monopoly set didn’t feature her (you can play as Finn, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, or Darth Vader). The controversy even had its own hashtag – WheresRey

Reportedly, toymakers were told not to make Rey products because “no boy would want to be given a female character on it”. Ahem. Tell that to the MILLIONS of girls worldwide who would. And my 11-year-old who has a Rey bobble head.

Thankfully, they saw sense and are now rushing out more Rey merchandise – she’s also in the Monopoly set now.

Why should we thank her?

Rey is a strong female character who will influence boys and girls all over the world – just as little boys growing up in the 1970s and 80s pretended to be Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, let’s hope we have millions of little Reys running around wielding a lightsaber.

 

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A Feminist a Day: Rey

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