Lucas: “It’s… [long beat] I’m not supposed to say this, and I wasn’t supposed to say it then, but [Star Wars] is a film for twelve year olds.”
I AM FINALLY VINDICATED. He also mentioned that people aren’t very kind to children fans of Star Wars, but the universe is about them, and about feeling the wonder we did as children.
But like, whenever I mention that the franchise is pretty much a child oriented series in the end (this is usually when they complain about TCW and Rebels not counting bc they run on children’s networks), people get very elitist and I’m just so vindicated.
A 5 month old girl with alobar holoprosenceohaly. This condition was diagnosed prenatally in utero and understandably resulted in severe enlargement of the child’s head. The child was oriented to sound, able to move all extremities and responded to external stimuli, however the long term prognosis for this condition is poor as it is typically fatal in the neonatal period.
Some thoughts on Sabine and her relation to
her Mandalorian heritage:
I recall a couple years ago now when Sabine’s
character was first announced and the initial backlash against her design
occurred. Though the community that would complain about her armor/color
choices/girliness/general “lack” of Mandalorian-ness/whatever-else-they-complain-about
has largely diminished, I wanted to address the lingering negativity
surrounding her character design and her being a Mandalorian, and why I think
that way of thinking represents a very simple-minded understanding of her
nuanced and very intentional representation, and how at the base of it, they
are actually onto something when they try to say she isn’t a “real”
Mandalorian. They just don’t know what.
Now, I’m a long-time Mandalorian fan. I’ve
been into them since before The Clone Wars ever aired, when it was just Jango
and Boba, and then when Karen Traviss’s novels began to expand on their culture
and make it into what most people now associate them with. I’ve been part of
the custom Mando costume community for like 8 years. I was there for the
changes The Clone Wars brought, was angered by them like the next Mando fan,
and later came to an understanding of how it all fits together. So I guess what
I’m saying is, I am very invested in Mandalorians, in the tradition sense, and
in their growing role in the new Star Wars canon.
With that established, I will staunchly
defend Sabine’s characterization and her rightful designation as a Mandalorian.
Mandalorians are traditionally typecast as
stoic, ruthless, pragmatic warriors. They’re rough, nomadic, disinterested in
traditional beauty, and insular. Comparatively, Sabine has her quirks. She’s
artsy, pink, interested in vanity (colors/styles her hair), loyal to a group
outside of the Mandalorians (the Rebellion), her armor seems
incomplete/mismatched/loudly painted/not Mandalorian in style, and she has a
teenager’s attitude. People love to complain about it.
Now surprisingly, I will argue that, yes,
they are correct: Sabine is these things. BUT, she is supposed to be.
These characteristics conflict with traditional Mandalorians intentionally. And they make her a great character and absolutely
still a Mandalorian, albeit one lost in an Imperial-controlled galaxy.
One need only understand where Sabine came
from to suddenly understand why her quirks make sense, and why they exist: Sabine
grew up on an Imperial Mandalore, where she was forced to attend the Imperial
Academy. Being she was a toddler when
the Empire was born, one can assume that this means that every living memory
Sabine has was from Imperial-occupied Mandalore. Though she is from Mandalore
and her mother was a Mandalorian, Sabine was disallowed from growing up with
her Mandalorian heritage untainted by Imperial influence. When Sabine finally fled the academy, she was for the
first time ever in her life allowed to pursue her culture as she saw fit. Sabine is having to
learn about her Mandalorian heritage as a Mandalorian who was displaced in the
galaxy. She recognizes her culture, knows it when she sees it, but being forced
to grow up as an Imperial, she’s had to learn it as something of an “outsider.”
She is desperately trying to preserve a culture she wasn’t fully able to even experience growing
up in, hence her unique interpretations of what it is to be a Mandalorian, like
the colorful, mismatched armor and the over-expression.
Now, I think this is extremely intentional:
like much of Star Wars, it mirrors real-world social issues. Consider Native
Americans who were ripped from their traditional cultures and forced to attend
boarding schools, their young descendants who now struggle to hold on to their
history, as their language is stolen from them and they try to keep alive
traditions that they were never allowed to live or embody, but now must
interpret from what is left. This is what Sabine is facing. She is trying to be
the best Mandalorian she can be given the information she is able to lovingly
scrounge from record, a history that was stolen from ever being second-nature
to her. She is also a young, angry, talented, capable, expressive teenager. Her
interpretation of what it is to be Mandalorian is bound to be new. It is bound
to be different. And it is absolutely legitimate.
The show even acknowledges that the Mandalorians are split into disagreeing
factions on how best to live their warrior heritage; every Mandalorian Sabine
meets is initially or continually hostile toward her. They’re critical of her
lifestyle and her claim to her heritage. Her parentage and loyalty are
constantly questioned, her alliance with the Rebels is belittled, and she
frequently has to defend her ways from Mandalorians and her Rebel allies alike.
When Sabine encounters the Darksaber, there
are undercurrents of a revelation. She KNOWS this is important. She just isn’t
positive WHY yet, because she still only understands her heritage from a
historical context. Where people once complained about Sabine’s sparse armor
plating, her armor plate load-out now expands/fills in as the show progresses.
She is still growing as a Mandalorian, learning what it means to her and for
her, slowly piecing together her identity. Sabine is clearly the inheritor of
the Mandalorian people; her taking the Darksaber will mean something important
to come. She will play a pivotal role in the future of the Mandalorians. In a
broken galaxy, where Mandalorians were already ripping themselves apart due to
infighting (Death Watch vs. Pacifists, Protectors vs. Imperial Mandos), Sabine
will be a leveler. She will be a critical part of what eventually rebuilds the
culture, as sometimes only youth can be.
So, Sabine is what she is. She is not a
traditional Mandalorian, and that can be aggravating for someone wanting a very
pure representation of a strict mold. But anyone who hates or dislikes a
character for properly representing their intended role is silly, especially
when the show literally addresses
their concerns as the major growth arc for her character. Nobody should hate
Tarkin because he is a ruthless, cunning man. They should love him for filling
his role so perfectly. Sabine, in the
same sense, is supposed to grate
against the traditional sense of what a Mandalorian is. The galaxy is in
turmoil. No one is allowed to be who they are meant to be. This is what the Rebellion is
And by the way, Sabine IS a perfect example
of a nomadic, adoptive, tough, combat-capable, merciless, jack-of-all-trades,
family-oriented, child-warrior, mercenary Mandalorian with custom armor and a middle
finger for authority. AND she wears pink. So there’s your Mandalorian for you.
/Writes essays deconstructing Star Wars
characters for fun
Among the manifold and obvious flaws of the heterosexual model of health and sexual education of schoolchildren is the inextricable tying of romance to sexuality, and sexuality to reproduction. While there is much documentation of the flaws present in the latter approach, there is less discussion of the problematic aspects of the former. This is troubling particularly in lower grade health studies, and emblematic of the adult-oriented and child-inaccessible nature of the heterosexual model…It therefore becomes necessary to discard the heterosexual model entirely, and rebuild from the ground up a more child-friendly, queered approach to the threefold subject of romance, sexuality, and reproduction.
If we talked about heteros in social service academia the way we do about everyone else.
- Arthur would be very anxious the moment he found out he was going to have a child, and that feeling would last for quite a while. He would try and act happy in front of his s/o, but it would be clear he was struggling with the idea. It’s not that he doesn’t want children, because that’s not the case at all. He’d just be worried that he wouldn’t be able to be a good father.
-He’d continue to have doubts about raising the child even if his s/o tried to reassure him. It would help a bit, but to even consider himself being a good parent, he would need to know by actually doing the parenting.
-Contrary to what he would think before the child was born, Arthur would be a great dad. Sometimes he’d be too strict, but if the child really wanted something badly enough he’d give in.
-He’d try to get his child interested in reading so they could become more and more knowledgeable as they grew or, if that failed, some sort of sport so they could be successful there. He’d be very oriented in seeing his child succeed in something they’re passionate about.
-As the child grows up, Arthur would try to give them more freedom. Try being the keyword. He’d attempt to be a cool dad, but he would still be overbearing and constantly pretending not to snoop in his kid’s life. If they were really annoyed with him he wouldn’t be as bad though.
-Although he doesn’t really make it know to very many people, Ludwig would love the chance of being a father, and would be there to support his s/o and the child as soon as he knows he’ll be a father.
-Even before he would even see his kid, he’d be completely devoted. He would instantly become excited and run out with his s/o to buy toys and supplies for the child, even if it wasn’t nearly time for the baby to arrive. He’d also set up a nursery, with newly painted walls the best crib he could find, to welcome the child into the world.
-Once the baby is born, he would spend every moment he could taking care of them, which would be great for his s/o, because that even includes well into the night, when they most likely wouldn’t want to get up.
-As they grow older, Ludwig would become a bit strict with what they can and cannot do, but nothing major, and he would still be a loving father with only the best intent.
-However, if the child ever bring home a s/o of their own, they have to be prepared to be interrogated. Ludwig would be fiercely protective, and anyone his child dated would need to be “screened” by him once things started getting serious. He wants only the best for his child, and he wouldn’t be afraid to let them know. If their s/o wasn’t scared off by his demeanor and questions, then it’s very likely he’d accept them.
Your childhood might be a bit dull if Kakashi is
your older brother, because he was a bit snotty and ninja-oriented as a child. If
you have an outgoing and spontaneous personality, you might have annoyed
Kakashi when he was younger if you insisted on playing with him all the time.
Kakashi is more interested in improving his skills and learning from Sakumo
than he is interested in playing with you.
Kakashi would help you learn self-defense if you
were his younger sister. He would want to make sure you taijutsu skills were up
to par with his, because he thinks it’s a necessity in life, even at a young
age. Sakumo would enjoy seeing Kakashi try to train you and think it is sweet
when he is patient with you. Kakashi would even let you think you could beat
him a few times in a match to boost your confidence as a kid.
Sakumo would be glad Kakashi had a sister in
order to help Kakashi lighten up as a child. Kakashi tends to forget to have
fun and if his sister is spunky, she can help Kakashi see there’s more to life
than just being a ninja.
When Sakumo dies, its hard on both Kakashi and
you. Kakashi becomes a real stickler for the ninja rules that your father did
not follow. You might have a difference of opinion, but that doesn’t matter to
Kakashi as he knows he has to take care of you now. Kakashi wouldn’t lean on
you for moral support, because he doesn’t want to burden you and he would
become a bit more solemn in his everyday life.
After Kakashi loses his team, he would try to
shut out everyone closest to him in order not to feel, but you as his sister
would be harder for him to do that to. You would be the only one he would visit
and check up on every day. He might not have many words to say but he does care
deeply for you. He wants to protect the last person that means everything to
Later on in life, you can expect some teasing
from Kakashi and spontaneous visits to try to scare you or scare whoever you’re
with. He will look into anyone you try to date in the Village and might even try
to intimidate them when he first meets them. You two would grow to have a light
and teasing relationship as Kakashi learns to let people in again and learns to
They’d been able to change thir gravity since they were a child. The strength and even the orientation, allowing them to walk on the ceiling or walls whenever they wanted. Sometimes, they simply floated around their room.