With #SWisAGirlThingToo, Twitter Talks Back to Fanboy Sexism Around Star Wars
After a Twitter rando tried to tell Charlotte Errity, a co-host for the Skytalkers: This Galactic Life podcast, that Star Wars “has always been a guy thing,” Twitter took up the hashtag #SWIsAGirlThingToo to celebrate the fact that women have always been an integral part of the fandom.
love my fans ✌️ pic.twitter.com/VAH1mz8iSj
— Charlotte Errity (@crerrity) September 13, 2017
The tweets covered pretty much every aspect of female Star Wars fandom. Some users celebrated female characters in the Star Wars universe, some women charted their lifelong fangirl journeys, and others paid tribute to the joy and community that fandom makes possible. Even the inimitable Mark Hamill got in on the hashtag.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 15, 2017
— Clare Stribling (@cstribs) September 15, 2017
— Carly Lane (@carlylane) September 15, 2017
— 📺⚡️Zoe Black🌙✨ (@zoeblackxx) September 16, 2017
— Karen (@Khallion) September 16, 2017
— Looking for Leia (@LeiaFangirlFilm) September 15, 2017
We are tweeting #SWisagirlthingtoo because there are still women or girls that are afraid or embarrassed to embrace their geeky side.
— ShaunaSpectre2 (@ShaunaRust) September 15, 2017
— Jen Mayhew (@JenM512) September 15, 2017
— Madeleine Roux (@Authoroux) September 15, 2017
— Brian Bailey (@ballsinplay) September 15, 2017
— Cher (@thecherness) September 15, 2017
While it’s true that the original tweet was just from some rando indie author, comments like this are representative of a wider sexism and entitlement – and sometimes, we’re just not in the mood to let it go. I’m delighted that the internet turned an everyday bit of sexist trash into a celebration of women’s geekery and badassery. The Force has always been with us.
(Via SYFY Wire; image via Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox)
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