movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Sun Feb 21 2016, 02:52pm | 7 comments
Last time I checked, queens and empresses tend to outrank generals. And princesses tend to grow up to become either queens or empresses.
Yesss, clearly, in our culture, princesses are more respected than generals.
Actually, I’d prefer to see Princess Leia addressed as either “Queen Leia” or “Empress Leia.”
After all, queens and empresses have historically tended to get more respect in our culture than even generals. They also tend to be deposed less often than generals and are usually in a position to give generals orders.
Even in a constitutional monarchy like Great Britain, queens have great power. (Queen Elizabeth II may not have as much political power as Queen Elizabeth I but she is still a powerful person.) And of course, the most famous warrior-queen in British history — is more often referred to as Queen Boudica — not General Boudica.
She probably wouldn’t go with “Empress.” Too many bad memories of the Emperor. And what “empire” would she preside over, anyway?
And “princess” commands respect, but it also can seem more ceremonial. (If the Alderaanian monarchy has been destroyed along with Alderaan, then what exactly is she a princess of? Who are her subjects?) “General” is more fitting as the title of someone actively leading a military effort.
Oh my. You actually listened to someone else’s argument, considered what he had to say, and acknowledged that your own argument might be flawed. You may be the first person on the Internet to do that today.
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