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'Star Wars' Needs to Fix Its Female Villain Problem

After an eye-catching debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens—although perhaps we should credit that to the chrome armor—Gwendoline Christie’s Phasma gets some much-requested spotlight in this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But even as audiences thrill to the sight of her taking on Finn (John Boyega) face-to-face, it underscores a long-standing problem with the franchise as a whole: Star Wars hasn’t really known what to do with the idea of women being evil.


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