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THE Nerdiest Explanation, Bar None, for the Absence of Women in the Star Wars Universe

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One of the most absolutely predictable reactions from the Internet to the announcement of a new Star Wars cast was that there weren’t enough women; a reaction so intense that it even prompted a follow-up announcement that, hey, JJ’s not done yet, he’s going to cast more roles including one that’s also maybe probably a significant female too.

But novelist Matthew Gladstone, in an essay from last October that’s getting a new amount of attention for obvious reasons, has an explanation as to why, in-universe, the male skewing of the story could make sense. He starts with the proposition that we falsely assume the human-looking characters are in fact human, since odds are they evolved differently from Earth humans, and from there posits a beehive like societal unit of queens and drones that explains everything from non-Force sensitives never talking about their families to the reasons why a “hermaphroditic gastropod” like Jabba the Hutt would display a scantily clad female humanoid slave in front of his throne.

He’s probably kidding. But wouldn’t it be great if he’d actually stumbled onto Lucas’ secret subtext?

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist