Recently there was a bit of a hoopla over an article from CBR about the Jedi and how they regard sexual relationships.
While discussing the Jedi and the Force with Vessel co-pilot Affie Hollow, Reath Silas — the Padawan of Jora Malli — explains how the Jedi “give up individual attachments in order to focus entirely on greater concerns.” “So… that means no sex,” Affie replies. From there, Reath muses whether he should go into his master’s explanation about the difference between “celibacy of the body and true purity of the heart” but opts not to. The discussion continues later on in the chapter, this time with Vessel pilot Loex Gyasi being involved, as the characters go back and forth about the difference between love and sex.
ComicBook.com goes on to explain:
However, Reath surprises by considering introducing the views of his teacher, Master Jora, on the subject of sex. According to Reath’s internal monologue, Master Jora had a distinct view of “the difference between celibacy of the body and true purity of the heart.” He jokes to himself that Master Jora’s speech on the subject is too long, and instead to concede that Jedi are basically celibate monks.
The suggestion here is that Jedi are prohibited to participate in marriage because that represents an attachment, but can engage in casual sex all they like. Mr H. Reviews comments on the matter:
Mr. H makes reasonable comments in that casual sex is something that just about every adult has engaged in. But he asks if this is really the message that ought to be sent to children; to swear off long term relationships and become a sexual petri dish instead. Because remember, SJWs have long argued that Star Wars “is for kids.” So what is the purpose of pushing these ideas to children? Mr H. wonders whether or not this is really about attacking Western values, and certainly there is a large aspect of that, which you can read about in my posts on the history of the Culture War here, here, and here.
But as High Republic author Cavan Scott points out, George Lucas had made similar remarks back in 2002 which was reported in a BBC article.
It should also be noted that George Lucas said the same thing at Celebration V.
What’s interesting about the George Lucas comment from the BBC however, is that there is no context for the quote. We don’t get to read what George may have said before or after that comment, or what the interviewer asked him.
Nevertheless, the question remains as to whether or not this is a good message to send to children. After all, casual sex is an activity with risks not the least of which is a variety of social diseases. Will the High Republic address Space Herpes?
But clearly SJWs think it is, since USA Today publicly called for a sex scene in a Star Wars movie. And it will likely come at some point, probably in whatever Star Wars movie Brie Larson stars in. They simply cannot stop thinking about the matter.
But George had a better way of handling the topic of the birds and the bees than with crass on-the-nose dialogue. Because what George said in 2002, is essentially echoed in the dialogue of Attack of the Clones:
Padme: Are you allowed to love? I thought that was forbidden for a Jedi.
Anakin: Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is central to a Jedi’s life. So, you might say, we are encouraged to love.
Note how George never uses the word “sex” in his dialogue. And that’s the real crux of the matter for me here. Artists like George Lucas were able to tackle adult topics in a way where adults fully understood it. But at the same time, it would fly over the heads of small children who didn’t need to know anything about it. And those who were on the cusp of adulthood would either understand it or not depending on where they were in their maturity levels.
But this kind of nuance is not present in modern writers. Contrast George Lucas’ dialogue, with the following passages from Into The Dark by Claudia Gray:
It reads like a crass on-the-nose Twitter dialogue with a teenager, which I suppose is who this may be aimed at.
So the conclusion we can probably come to here, is that the Star Wars novels have essentially become young adult romance novels that are preoccupied with base sexual content, rather than focusing on a sweeping epic about wars in the stars.
Thanks to Purple Smurf for the tip.
Originally published here.