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On Periods: Let’s put this shit to bed right now: Women don’t lose their minds when they have period-related irritability. It doesn’t lower their ability to reason; it lowers their patience and, hence, tolerance for bullshit. If an issue comes up a lot during “that time of the month,” that doesn’t mean she only cares about it once a month; it means she’s bothered by it all the time and lacks the capacity, once a month, to shove it down and bury it beneath six gulps of willful silence.

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And when we have our periods our ‘male’ hormone (testosterone) is actually at its highest level…soooooo…

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^ not actually true, testosterone peaks when you ovulate (x).  you don’t need testosterone to not tolerate bullshit, either.  passivity is socialized in women, not a result of biology.

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Character Analysis: Padme and Chani


 In 1965 Frank Herbert published Dune. This book has sold over 20 million copies and has been translated into over  two dozen languages. It won the Hugo award in 1966, and paved the way for the genre of science fiction. Though this novel is incredibly famous, popular, and still in print, it is not remembered as well as other works. Star Wars was written by George Lucas in the early 1970s. it would go on to be published as a novel in 1976 and a full length feature film in 1977. it would go on to be one of the most iconic stories to ever been seen on the silver screen. In the 2004 reprint of the star wars trilogy novelizations, George lucas writes “From the outset I created Star Wars…”. But, as you will read, George wasn’t all that original.

Let us first look at the storyline of each character compared. Chani Kynes was born to Liet kynes, the Imperial Planetologist who was researching Arrakis( More commonly known as Dune),a  desert planet. Chani was a Fremen, inhabitants of the desert considered to be backward savages( think Tusken Raiders with human intelligence) clothes in stillsuilts. A stillsuilt was a full-body covering that saved the body’s moisture to be drunk at a later time. After the fall of the Atredies fief on Arrakis, Chani encounters Paul Atredies, who is  now in hiding. Paul, the protagonist of Dune , had had visions of Chani before he met her, highly intrigued by what he saw. ” ‘Yes. and I’ve dreamed about that girl before.’ ‘Oh? You know her?’ ‘I will know her’”( Dune, Herbert 39). As Paul and his mother are accepted into Fremen society, Paul is placed in Chani’s charge. They grow close through this and eventually become lovers. By Fremen standards they marry, unbeknownst to the rest of the Galactic Padishah Empire. Paul could never officially, by the Empire’s standards, marry Chani due to different statuses, but she did produce his heirs. She died in childbirth, giving birth to twins, a boy and a girl who were named Leto II and Ghanima.

When we, as the audience, are introduced to Padme, she is the recently elected child-queen of Naboo. She is trying to end the Trade Federation’s occupation on Naboo. After an assassination attempt she effectively escapes with the help of Jedi. They are forced to land on Tatooine, a desert planet, and meets Anakin Skywalker.  By the end of the first film, the problem is solved, Naboo is safe, and Anakin goes on to become a Jedi. It isn’t until a decade later that Anakin and Padme reunite. Her term as queen has ended and she is now a senator. After another assassination attempt, she is placed in Anakin’s charge. Through this they grow close and eventually become lovers. Eventually they marry in secret unbeknownst to the Jedi or the rest of the Republic. The marriage could never be known publically due to the Jedi code. She would produce Anakin’s children. She died in childbirth giving birth to twins, a boy and a girl who were named Luke and Leia.

Both women were bred for statuses of power, Padme to queendom and senatorship; Chani to Planetologist and Sayyadina, a religious leader. Through these statuses they both were able to be beneficial to their planets and people. Both women were the forbidden love interests to the protagonists of their stories.  And this notion drives their stories forward.

Paul, the Kwisatz Haderach, Mahdi, and Lisan-al Gib, titles meaning Messiah, the one who will lead us into paradise, he who can be many places at once, and the chosen one, goes on a quest to avenge the death of his father. This , at first, small desire spins out of control  and turns to greater more journey to free the inhabitants of Arrakis, become a god, and eventually take over  the  known universe as emperor. Anakin, the Chosen One, goes on a quest to bring balance to the Force which spirals out of control as he not only gains more power to god-like standards, but falls to the Dark Side, becoming the right hand man to the Emperor of the Galactic Empire of the known universe. Though this discussion is something for another day.

 Both Chani and Padme offer not only comfort, but solace to their men. They offer wise advice and their love. The both watch as their lovers harden into people they don’t really know. Yet they stay- they still see the good in their men. These monsters that fate has created. Both Chani and Padme ask their husbands to return to their homes to birth their babies. If anything, this is a feeble attempt to remind our anti-heroes that they are only human, and that they cannot do everything. They cannot fix the course assigned to them. It’s a call that says” I am here, I love you, let us build something for ourselves. A new future. It’s still possible, love.”

Both Paul and Anakin have visions of Chani and Padme dying in childbirth. While Paul buries it deep down within himself, Anakin eventually tells Padme. Both men want to change this future and try everything to avoid it. Yet, unfortuantly, both cause the deaths of their loved ones. Anakin by usuing the Force, Paul by sheer accident of not being able to change his future:

A discussion between Vader and a vision of the deceased Padme states that: ” ‘you died.’ ‘I  did not die… you killed me, you.’ ‘yes…I killed you. I killed Anakin…and I hate myself for all that I have done’ ’ Lord Vader…I forgive you.” (Darth Vader and The Last Command.).

 A discussion between Alia(Paul’s sister) and Duncan Idaho states that: “For the love of heaven,” she whispered. Then more loudly, she said:” Paul’s entire life was a struggle to escape his Jihad and its deification. At least, he’s free of it. He chose this!” “Ah,yes—the oracle.” Idaho shook his head in wonder. “Even Chani’s death. His moon fell.’ (Dune Messiah, Herbert)

The final contrast that I will provide is that this was not Padme’s original story. In the Return of the Jedi novelization( published May 12, 1983) it alludes of Padme” When your father left, he didn’t know your mother was pregnant. Your mother and I knew he would find out eventually, but we wanted to keep you both as safe as possible, for as long as possible. So I took you to live with my[Obi-Wan] brother Owen, on Tatooine…and your mother took Leia to live as the daughter of Senator Organa, on Alderaan”(Donald F Glut, story by George Lucas, Return of the Jedi, 83).

Padme was never supposed to die. Anakin left while she was still living. The fear of her man was so apparent that she had to hide her children. it does not say what happened to her thereafter, so for all we know she still could have been alive. Personally I would have loved to pursue this story instead. i like my OTPs to be living thank you.)

There is so much more I could add to this, so much more that could be said. They have just as many similarities and a few major differences, but they are in fact nearly one in the same.If you,as the reader, can think of any points, comparing, contrasting, or simply liked this short anaylsis, please reblog and add your words.





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