Girl Meets Boy

As most of you know, John is a dyed-in-the-wool feminist, and I discovered feminism in high school. So we’ve put in our fair share of hours subverting gender roles, or at least not worrying about them, and our relationship is pretty free of gender assumptions.

Sometimes, though, the stereotypes invite themselves to dinner. As in last night, when we were lying in bed.

J: I just saw the coolest thing on the Internet.

M: What?

J: It’s a video of Improv Everywhere doing a Star Wars thing on the subway.

M: Yeah? What’d they do?

J: Well, it starts with Princess Leia. She enters a car, and she’s all decked out in the white robes and crazy hair. And she’s reading Gallactic Rebellion for Dummies.

M: That’s cute.

J: Yeah, there’s a guy next to her who clearly thinks it’s funny. And then at the next stop, a bunch of Storm Troopers get on.

M: Whoah, Storm Troopers?

J: Yeah. And they say, “We’ve got one!” Like, they found her, and now they have to take her to Darth Vader.

M: Right.

J: So then at the next stop, the doors open, and there’s Darth Vader.

M: Whoah.

J: I know. It’s so good. And then they play out the scene, just like from the movie.

M: What happens?

J: They take her prisoner.

M: Wait—they don’t kill her?

J: No.

M: How do they not kill her? It’s Darth Vader and a bunch of Storm Troopers! She’s totally defenseless!

J: [In a hushed, reverential tone.] Sweetie, the Force.

5 Responses to “Girl Meets Boy”

  1. Ted says:

    Why would they kill her? She’s on a diplomatic mission AND an imperial senator. Plus, she knows lots of stuff about the rebels. Plus, she’s Vader’s daughter.

  2. admin says:

    Oh my God. YOU, TOO?

  3. Ted says:

    Of course! It’s one of the defining texts of our generation!

  4. Doug says:

    It’s totally part of our mythology!

  5. Melissa says:

    Wow. It’s worse than I thought.

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