Luke withdrew further into shadow. He tried to hide, but there was no way to hide what was in his mind—Leia was in pain. Her agony cried to him now, and his spirit cried with her. He tried to shut it out, to shut it up, but the cry was loud, and he couldn’t stifle it, couldn’t leave it alone, had to cradle it openly, to give it solace. (“Return of the Jedi” by James Kahn)
Ralph McQuarrie - Jabba’s Palace and Sail Barge
ugh it’s a post about that stupid slave bikini
I have heard so many jokes about Han’s reaction to that outfit and Leia hanging on to it for ‘private performances’ or something like that. Ha ha, very funny. Except ew, no, that’s gross.
Because that outfit is not some sexy lingerie that Leia can happily don in the context of her healthy romantic relationship with Han Solo.
That outfit is the very means of her sexual subjugation by Jabba the Hutt. It is, canonically, in-universe, an instrument of sexual slavery. And given that Leia’s response to being subjugated in this way was to strangle the everliving fuck out of the bastard who made her wear that thing, I kind of doubt she’d ever be eager to put it back on.
Let’s also not forget that, canonically, Han Solo never saw her wear it. He was literally blind the entire time. In case it wasn’t clear enough that Leia wearing that outfit has fuck all to do with Han Solo and any consensual sexual relationship she may have with him.
So by extension, fanboys everywhere drooling over “Slave Leia” are seriously missing the point if they’re imagining themselves in Han’s place. Because lusting after a woman who has been forcibly sexually subjugated does not make you anything like Han Solo. It makes you Jabba the Hutt.
And Jabba is fucking disgusting.
You think it’s a coincidence that this slave-owning crime lord who keeps women on actual chains and humiliates them for his own entertainment and then subjects them to a brutal death when he gets bored with them is portrayed as a literal giant slimy slug? Or maybe the message is that doing things like that is revolting.
Don’t be Jabba. Don’t encourage others to be Jabba. Do not tolerate it when someone you know is Jabba. Find your inner Jabba and strangle the everliving fuck out of him, and help your friends do the same.
Then take a closer look at how Han Solo really acts towards Princess Leia in that movie, and try your damn best to be Han Solo.
can we just talk about this moment right here?
luke starts wailing on vader and then cuts his arm off and sees the wiring inside. he looks at his mechanical hand and then back to vader’s and then it all just comes together for him. luke was almost willing to kill vader in order to save his sister’s life (he only started really going at vader after he threatened leia, before that he continuously said ‘i will not fight you’) just like anakin was willing to slaughter all the jedi in order to save padme’s. they will both do anything to protect the ones they love.
once luke realizes this and all the pieces of the puzzle come together he turns to palaptine and throws his lightsaber aside and refuses to turn to the dark side and THEN says my favorite line in the whole series, “i ama jedi, like my father before me.” luke refuses to take the path vader did, he wants to be like anakin, not vader. he wants to be good and save his friends but he will not kill his father and join the emperor. he is willing to sacrifice himself for the ideal that he believes in and more importantly in the memory of who his father was.