I’ll confess, I am a big Star Wars nerd, and have been excited that it’s made a comeback with the new generation because as I was becoming a parent, I figured this will be something I’ll be able to share with my son, but it’s not to be. I don’t have a son. I have two daughters.
After a few very geeky Star Wars conversations with a female co-worker I realized I was being sexist in my thinking. I couldn’t share a love of Star Wars with my two little girls. There’s no reason we couldn’t sit together and watch the original trilogy one rainy afternoon. They can learn to appreciate “these are not the droids you’re looking for” references as well as any son could. I would be short-changing them not to introduce them to such a staple of pop-culture from my generation that will resurface for their generation as well.
In, fact I have an opportunity here. In my experience, women who know Star Wars are really rare.
If I teach my girls why saying “boring conversation anyway” when hanging up the phone on a telemarker is funny, I will have armed them with knowledge that will make them so much more interesting and fun to people who can appreciate those Star Wars references..
Selena supports me sharing a love of Star Wars with the girls, but does see an issue with the “making them more fun and interesting” plan.
She says that kids today will either like the Clone Wars mythology of Star Wars or whatever is the next generation of movies to come. Either way, they are not going to connect with the classic Episode IV-V-VI stories that I grew up with. Selena’s issue is that the only people that will find my girls fun and interesting for appreciating original Star Wars reference will be original Star Wars fanboys who will be creepily as old as their dad.
Fair point. We’ll show them those movies once for context and focus on the Star Wars of their generation.