I wasn’t paying much attention to Star Wars: The Force Awakens because, at the risk of my nerd card, I’m not such a Star Wars fan. I like episode 5 well enough, but not much else. But I saw The Force Awakens, twice and Rey (Daisy Ridley) has made my list of favorite female characters. …

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Son Goku. Batman. Slade Wilson. Aragorn. Nightcrawler. Felix Harrowgate. If I were to assemble a team of my favorite fictional characters, I would have an army of men before me. Aliens, mutants, wizards, royalty, they are all male. As a feminist, I am ashamed that the characters who I identify with, across film, television, graphic …

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