Guest author: LadyFett
First published: 2003
I’ve been asked, as a Fett fan who is also a female, to respond to the
essay position taken at femalebobafett.com. I had not even known this site existed until recently–although I vaguely recall some people raising the
question at some point years ago (must have blocked it from my memory).
First of all, Boba Fett is just SO not female. I should think it would be
blatantly obvious to anyone. But to be fair I will answer the points taken
by that site one by one. “Pro” and “Con” are the positions of
1. Pro: There is Precedent for Women in Drag.
Yes, Leia wears a bounty hunter disguise. And Lando wears a guard
disguise, and in ANH both Han and Luke wear Stormtrooper disguises. What’s
your point? The fact that it’s referred to as “drag” is in itself a sexist
comment. So for Leia to be disguised she had to choose a woman’s disguise?
Women there were pretty scantily clad – not the best disguises around.
The fact that you take Boushh for a man without question (which he was) and
not Fett is a double standard.
2. Pro: Fett Walks Like a Woman.
All I can say is you must be blind. He’s got a hot ass.
3. Pro: Precedent for Character Not Defined by Actor.
Darth Vader/James Earl Jones/David Prowse = all male.
Peter Mayhew/Chewie = all male.
Boba Fett/Jeremy Bulloch = all male.
Can you show me another example where a male actor was used for a female
character in the Star Wars universe? Even if you could, Episode II will
prove it when a male is used to play an unmasked Fett.
4. Con: Fett Flirts With Women.
He certainly does :) And I don’t think it could easily be explained away
as a lesbian thing. As stated, it’s not coherent with Lucas’
family-oriented filmmaking. And I don’t think Fett would necessarily have
to keep up appearances this way. I always saw him as aloof and
businesslike; the fact that he moves in for a closer look at the dancers
and flirts with them afterwards just made it all the more clear that he’s a
male. And was possibly added by Lucas for just that reason: to affirm that
he is, indeed, male.
Additionally, in the Expanded Universe novel Tales of the Bounty Hunters,
Leia is brought to Fett for the night as a gift from Jabba. He wouldn’t do
that if Fett wasn’t known to be male. The story also gives Fett’s history
as a Journeyman Protector (note: not Journeywoman Protector or
5. Con: Fett wears a codpiece.
I don’t really find this a valid argument either way. It’s simply part of
6. Con: Fett’s face has been seen.
“They probably didn’t even consider finking on Fett. Who would want to get
on her bad side? And aren’t they now both dead from that Mandalorian Armor
Dengar and Neelah were not writing the story – the author was. Face it,
he’s a male. And the fact that they’re dead has no bearing on what they
saw when they were alive.
7. Con: Lucas calls Boba Fett a “he.”
“Maybe he was just setting the stage for a surprise revelation. You know
how he likes to mess with his audience.”
Now you’re just grasping at straws. Storyboard pictures from Episode II
have been released that are supposedly of a young Boba Fett and his father
Jango. While we have another few months until the actual film can at last
give you definitive proof of Fett’s masculinity, I think this one’s pretty
hard to refute. Lucas is decidedly making him male. Now of course he
could have gotten a sex-change operation…but somehow I doubt it.
My point is that the argument of Fett being a woman is one that can’t see
the forest through the trees. Have you ever heard of Occum’s Razor? All
things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.
Fett’s a man. Deal with it.
Now this is not to say there are no strong female characters in the Star
Wars universe, so that we must establish one in Boba Fett. Aurra Sing and
several other female bounty hunters will be featured in Episode II. In the
EU, Mara Jade is an incredibly strong, decisively un-stereotypical female.
And Jaina is also strong, and in a typically male role, as a pilot. Leia
is far from weak, and while she had to be rescued in Episode IV (mostly
because it is a modern fairy tale of sorts, but that’s another essay) she
is one of the strongest characters in the SW universe and also rescues the
guys. There are even female Jedi on the Jedi Council.
Moral of the story:
Episode II is about to prove this issue once and for all.
You’ll get to latch on to new female role models,
and I’ll get to go on enjoying Fett’s cute butt.