Star Wars: A New Hope has become a keystone of western culture and plays a large role in many people’s lives. However, if one is to look at this film through a different lens, they can see subtexts in the film that differ from the main plotline. One of the most impactful lenses for this film is the gender lens for it uncovers some of the underlying gender issues in the 1970’s. It’s predominant that male characters play a bigger role than female; after all, there are only two female roles in the entire film, one of which being Aunt Beru who had two scenes where she cooked and served and the other being Princess Leia who was born into a title. Despite this, there is prominent effort to make Princess Leia a female protagonist in the movie. She has a couple of action scenes and rather than hiding behind the male protagonists she fights for herself. Albeit her fiery attitude, she is still shown as a damsel in distress through her actions and the way that she is physically presented. She’s introduced into the film as the beautiful princess trapped, waiting for a knight in shining armor to save her. The first thing male protagonist Luke Skywalker noticed about her wasn’t the message she was trying to send, but rather her looks. As the movie progresses, there’s an undertone that Leia turns into a romantic interest. Han Solo shuns her, unwilling to help her, calling her a privileged princess until he hears she’s rich. In fact, all the characters talk to the female roles with a certain attitude. On the Death Star, all the troops spoke to Leia as if she were less. They snarled out terms such as princess or sweetheart and spat condescending flirts while interrogating her. They view her feminity as vulnerability and see her as a weakness in the rebellion, hence forcing information out of her. These actions illustrate how women were objectified and displayed as static/flat characters in cinema. With all this said, Star Wars doesn’t romanticize being male either. Throughout the film, it’s difficult to find scenes where male characters show emotions that aren’t anger, frustration or confusion. The male leads are constantly fighting or planning to fight, perpetuating the toxic male stereotype that men are thick-skinned and have rigid personalities. For example, Luke didn’t hesitate to go back to Obi-Wan to get revenge after the death of his aunt and uncle. This is parallel to a society where boys are supposed to never show sensitive emotions and stay strong. Using the evidence, I uncovered above, I’ve come to the conclusion that Star Wars: A New Hope is a film displaying how in the 1970’s, men had the power to make a change as long as they kept a high profile while only women of power had limited opportunities to fight for themselves.