everything he can, swooping and shooting and shouting out orders to his
squadron, and it’s not enough. As soon as he hears Finn’s panicked voice over
the comms he dives for the ground, and it’s not enough. He lands in time to see
them drag Finn’s unconscious body onto Phasma’s shuttle, and he feels sick, and
he shoots and he can’t do a damn thing. It doesn’t make a difference.
Organa gives a speech, and she uses words like “hero” and “tragedy” and
“memory,” and it’s like Finn is already dead.
it’s worse. Poe shuts his eyes and tries to breathe and he knows, he knows it’s
he didn’t even have a name when I met him?” he tells Jess later that week,
trying to work on his X-Wing despite the fact that his hands can’t stop
shaking. “Bastards didn’t even give him a name.” He tries to wipe a grease spot
off of his fingers with a rag; he scrubs his hands again and again and they
never come clean. “And now they’ve got him again. They’ve got him again.”
knows. Poe knows that Finn is strong, and that’s really the worst part, because
he knows the First Order won’t stop until they break him, until they work him
into their tin soldier again. And Poe knows that Finn’s strong, and he knows
that Finn’s going to have to go through so goddamn much before they break him.
think anyone’s even told Rey yet. He thinks about sending her a transmission
and trying to explain, but he doesn’t even know what he would say.
weeks Poe waits for nothing, he lies awake in bed at night and he thinks about
nothing but Finn and every day he asks the General when they’re going to go
rescue Finn and she dodges his questions. For two weeks. Two weeks, and then
during breakfast in the mess one morning, the monitors hanging from the walls
flare to life.
stutters in his chest, because there’s Finn, bloody and bags under his eyes but
alive, his face gracing every monitor in the mess. There’s commotion in the
hall before everyone starts to listen.
Finn stares glassily while an unseen voice, cold and female, asks him, “Do you
know why you are here?”
realizes belatedly that he’s been holding his breath, and when Finn speaks his
chest feels too tight. “Because I was captured,”
he says, “Captain.” He throws venom into that last word, and he’s so brave, and
Poe’s never loved him so much.
whips across the screen and hits Finn, hard, leaving a string of blood trailing
out of his mouth. ”Because you were rescued,”
she tells him, “from the horrors of the Resistance.”
says, breathing hard. “That’s not true.” She hits him again.
stop himself from wondering how long they’ve been doing this to Finn, lying to
him and hurting him and waiting for him to fall in line. Around the mess hall, everyone’s
eyes are fixed on the screen and no one’s moving. The Captain lowers her voice
and says softly, “What is your name?”
Finn blinks and he sets his jaw and he tells her, “My name is Finn.” And he
solid two minutes after the transmission cuts off that Poe realizes they ran an
electric shock through Finn.
I kind of really wish I’d stop seeing the phrase “feminist movie” or “feminist book” applied to any piece of media that does a better than usual job of handling it’s female characters.
Feminism is not the absence of sexism, it’s a word for the movement dedicated to raising awareness of and eradicating institutionalized sexism. A feminist movie would be a movie ABOUT the feminist movement, or a movie that directly identifies and addresses issues of structural inquality between genders.
Just having a female character you don’t sexualize in a piece of media doesn’t make it a grand stand against the patriarchy. It literally just makes it a little less sexist than most everything else. It doesn’t make you a feminist film director for making it, it just makes you not a fucking asshole with his head so far up his ass he can’t see the way the world is actually built.
Is SW:TFA a feminist movie? No, not even close, not even a little tiny bit at all. The movie’s not ABOUT gender or related struggles, ideas and philosophies.
But is it a movie that respects its female characters, gives them usually-limited-to-men levels of agency and power over the plot, makes sure there are women in the background of shots, and doesn’t sexualize them? Yes, abso-fucking-lutely yes.
SW:TFA is a movie feminists will like (at least parts of it), it is a movie that demonstrates some of the basic, basic things Feminism wants from media, but it’s not a feminist movie.
alright so tumblr is getting a little boring for me since i hardly ever see my own fandoms anymore on my dash and that needs to change pronto, so if you post any of the following, like or reblog this post and em will most def check you out
• the hunger games
• taylor swift
• avengers cast
• thg cast
• marvel anything tbh