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Gwendoline Christie and Stephen Colbert discussing the notability of her roles as

Captain Phasma and Brienne of Tarth and how their images relate to the standard look of women in fiction.
It’s sad that female characters in practical, gender-neutral armor are still considered novelty and how the basic human decency of designing non-sexualized woman needs to be treated like something that deserves praise. 

Here’s hoping that Phasma, with extended role compared to Force Awakens, will have an interesting storyline that enriches her intimidating and mysterious presence.



oh Captain Phasma. you needed more love in the “force awakens”, but fear
not. you have a place in my heart and my secret Fanfic: “hot Phasma
nights”. coming to a Tumblr near you

Star Wars: think of this franchise like a hamburger, this was one of
your favorite type of Burgers growing up, but then they came out with a
new recipe, which said that it was going to be better. it looked good,
but then you taste it, and it feels cheap and with no soul. it has fancy
new ingredients but they can replicate that original taste. “ok, im
gonna try it a few more times, see if the get it right” you say. but
nope. that nostalgic flavor is if gone. now you see the restaurant is
under new management , bringing the original recipe back. with some
skepticism you have another try a that classic burger to see if it feels
like old times. you taste it, you can feel it has ingredients from this
era, but they recapture that old flavor again. this is a good Burger.

so The force Awakens; it was good. and this is no spoiler review here:
the movie was good , and to me it ended up being better than i expected.
mind you i had little hype so im surprise as how much i like it. it
plays it safe as it retreads familiar ground, it’s basically a HD
remaster of “A New Hope”, with a little “Empire Strikes back” thrown
into the mix. this repackage of old things feels fresh thanks to the new
characters, which are likable and feel human. something that the
Prequels totally miss the mark on. one fear i had was that there would
be too many calls backs like in the “Star Trek” remake, but here they
were few and they fit in better. i do like that J.J. Abrams carry some
things over from the “star trek” flick like the blasters; they felt like
they had real impact. i like that.

the best thing about this movie is that it was fun. it had a great sense
of humor, pacing, great action, and the developing of the characters
felt natural. I wont call it my favorite movie ever, or this year, but
one that can definitely see my self re-watching often.

now i ask: does anyone know where you can get custom made “Dakimakuras”? i have a joke i need to take too far.

This neat little comic illustrates how Captain Phasma is clearly a proof that a woman can be considered sexy (AND command respect at the same time) while in full, non-gendered, non-sexualized armor.

Who knew, right?


Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s Captain Phasma, Unmasked

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s Captain Phasma, Unmasked

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s Captain Phasma, Unmasked

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s Captain Phasma, Unmasked

I particularly like how, in this interview about a dress of all things, Gwendoline addresses the reason why Captain Phasma’s armor is so striking.

…normally the kind of female characters that we see in films, we see the way in which they’re made flesh.  We see the outlines of their body. But this is a character who is wearing armor, and as a consequence we are forced to judge her or interact with her… form a relationship on her character and due to her actions.

This is the power that you give characters when you don’t lean on sexualized tropes, objectification and the false idol of “sex sells”.

– wincenworks

(ht: @itsgoodtobeming)