BB-8 is a Girl: On The Sexuality of Star Wars Droids

By Nilankur Dutta | 12 months ago
BB-8 is a Girl: On The Sexuality of Star Wars Droids

Since the Star Wars trailer has come out, the one thing that fans have been gushing about is the new droid, BB-8 (apart from of course, who is Kylo Ren). Now some new information has come to light about BB-8, that throws into disarray the robot-gender-disparity in the Star Wars universe: BB-8 is a girl!

In case you have not thought about the rampant robot-sexism in Star Wars, consider this: all robots previously encountered in the universe are male (though, C3PO is arguably gay: so we should hand Lucas some galactic credits for representation of queer characters).


But according to sources close to J. J. Abrams, The Mirror is reporting that this is no longer the case: BB-8 is female!  The unnamed source was quoted by the publication, saying:

“There’s never been a strong female robot in any Star Wars film, JJ was determined to make BB-8 cute and strong – and female.”

According to the Mail, who broke the news first, BB-8 will also be playing a pivotal role in the upcoming movie, although with J. J. Abrams penchant for secrecy, this could as well be a red herring.  

Categorising robots by gender seem a bit irrational. After all, they do not have sex, for recreation or procreation. But fans of the Star Wars universe have historically always related to the droids as people sometimes more than people. They are capable of being happy and afraid, so it is not a stretch to imagine that they may be capable of falling in love, even in our limited human male-female terms?

Many of us will still recall R2D2 as our favorite Star Wars character (certainly one of the most useful), and he seems quite obviously a guy, with all his love for blowing raspberries and reckless disregard for personal safety. There are more R2D2-C3PO-as-a-gay-couple shippers on the internet than you can possibly imagine (really, just google it).

But there are some who even claim that R2D2 is also, infact, a girl: based on the information that his bleeps apparently sound “oddly similar to the noise 5 women make when they gather for coffee.”

But there is one thing we can be sure of, like every other Star Wars minutiae, this will be subject to endless analysis by fans and haters, until we decide one way or another on Dec 18, 2015.


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