In the article "Should We Rebel Against the Patriarchy?", Katherine Cross identifies the Xena warrior princess television series as a type of contemporary re-envisioning of the fairy story. According to Cross, the series provides a useful example because it both links "the mythic Great Goddess [...], the Great Mother [...], the nurturing and creative, life-giving feminine principle [...], with the ". end results of patriarchal domination, and so emphasizes "agrarian and environmentalist concerns that bring heaven [more than Disney or Star Wars] on earth".
Jane A. Mangen has identified the Luke Skywalker/Han Solo scene in the third season episode "The Best of Friends" as a feminist allegory. She writes that "The scene shows Luke and Han [a married couple] confronting the reality of [...], their entrapment in the patriarchal tradition of father-son sexual relations, which results in Luke resenting his father. But their closeted post-reformation romance affords Luke a form of sexual freedom [other than] with Princess Leia [that is] relatively safe for him. In contrast, Han [who only later discovers Luke’s sexuality] is lost in a cycle of fear and loneliness".
In the article "More Than a Slave: Princess Leia, Feminism, and Audience Slavery", Adam Lane documents how the character of Princess Leia transformed from "the unobtrusive ally who provided support to the hero yet resisted any form of hero worship or attachment to him [the hero]". d2c66b5586