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Dresses and Spaceships: I love Star Wars and I am a Girl

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

I have been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember. As a child I wanted to be a Jedi, I spent my time watching the films on loop and obsessing over the games and TV Shows. In the playground at school, I would play Star Wars games with the boys in my class. As a six-year-old, it had already become evident to me that my experience with loving Star Wars was very different from the boys I would play with. During our lunchtimes, we would run around the playground pretending to destroy stormtroopers. At first, I remember it being difficult to convince the boys to let me play and when I did, I had to be the damsel in distress, defenceless and afraid. I quickly got sick of this and decided I was going to be a Jedi who saved the day. After a few arguments and pretend lightsaber duels, I was the one saving the damsels in distress.


I loved so many different parts of Star Wars. I loved the spaceships, I loved aliens and I loved the dresses Padme would wear. I thought being a Queen who could shoot down her enemies was awesome and for a lot of my childhood, Padme was my favourite character. She was a lot of what I wanted to be when I grew up. She was beautiful, clever and strong. She didn't let people tell her what to do and was brave in the face of danger.