Why Rey Is Such An Important Role Model To Young Women

Why Rey Is Such An Important Role Model To Young Women

Leia can't rule the galaxy with a progressive fist by herself.

Since the news about the latest installment of the multi-million dollar franchise dropped, the public has had their fair share of divided opinions. You either hate it or you adore it, and don’t care if somebody doesn’t feel the same way as you (even though, you know deep down they are just jealous). But if there is one thing we can agree on, it’s that the new protagonist of the Star Wars series, Rey, is absolutely flawless.

For those of you who have not seen Star Wars: the Force Awakens yet, Rey, a female reminiscent of an early Luke Skywalker, played by actress Daisy Ridley, is already making waves as the next leading lady of our beloved universe. And truth be told, it's about time we brought more girl power to the hero scene.

Young men get a plethora of ‘good guy’ role models in television and movies nowadays, mostly in the form of superheroes and others with powers beyond their human attributes. They have characters they can look up to, in a sense, and follow throughout their movies or TV series; characters that most of us would say, at face value, are not misguided role models to have.

But what about the young ladies in the audience?

Young women today are bombarded with unrealistic, and more accurately – unfitting role models on whom to base their attitudes and behaviors. Even on supposed "kid shows" like on Nickelodeon for example, we see young people, young ladies in particular: dress in revealing clothing, take a nasty attitude with their parents and other adults, careless and a little ditzy, seeming able to do whatever they want, and whenever they want without consequence. Yes, for television and entertainment sakes, the characters and their storylines achieve those goals. Yet, it seems rarely considered that many young people – whether they realize it or not – are very much influenced by the portrayals they see in the media when creating characters and their behaviors in their episodes or movies.

Hence, why Rey is so significant. As of late in our society, we are obsessed with dynamite, progressive women, and rightfully so. It is refreshing to see such a successful, respected franchise introduce a female character – one of the few in the galaxy, it would seem – that defies societal stereotypes. In just one film, Rey shows her complexity. She’s a hero; she doesn’t need saving, in fact she almost resents the idea of needing rescuing. She’s strong, and independent, as one would need to be if they are fending for themselves on a desert planet. However, she’s also loyal, vulnerable at times, and wide-eyed like a child.

Rey is such an intense combination of strength and vulnerability that it is hard not to get wrapped up in her story; you want her to come out heroic in the end. She shows not only young women, but people of all ages, that it’s okay to be tough, and to know how to fend for yourself, but you can also be sensitive, and allow yourself to get swept up in adventure. She can fight off Storm Troopers single-handedly, pilot a spaceship, and she can do it all only showing ten percent skin.

The character of Rey teaches young women that they don’t have to fit into the mold Hollywood laid out for them. They don’t have to act incompetent to get attention; they don’t have to look or dress a certain way to be considered beautiful. They don’t have to be rescued by someone else. Of course, they don’t have to be the next savior of the galaxy or learn how to work a Lightsaber (even though it’s totally awesome), but they can learn something from Rey about being confident in themselves. Through Rey, Star Wars has the capacity to make a generation of leaders out of new female fans, and I hope they succeed.

Cover Image Credit: screenrant.com

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10 Cool Facebook Messenger Tricks to Impress Your Friends

Facebook Messenger does have hidden features, which are exciting and useful at the same time. The features do add a lot of value to the Mess

Facebook is not just any other social networking site. Its role in the present is largely diversified. However, one common factor that binds all users is the platform’s ability to bridge the communication divide. 

2 billion active users clearly indicate Facebook’s popularity and the numbers are set to increase. In a  bid to present the users with a more proactive platform to stay connected, FB has its own Messenger app. 

The Messenger is a widely used app and it does have its own share of characteristics that are impressive at best. 

Are you by any means familiar with all of them? 

Facebook Messenger has undergone a lot of changes, since its inception. Within the app, there some really cool features that you might not be aware of. There is nothing wrong if you have no inkling of the hidden features. 

Here is a list of the Facebook Messenger tricks that will surely let you impress your friends. 

So, let’s begin the proceedings folks. 

10 Insanely Cool Messenger Features 

1. Now easily chat with bots: Chat extensions within the Facebook Messenger lets you converse with bots individually and in groups. The bots follow your behavior pattern, in order to better understand your needs.

For instance, you can chat with Poncho- The weather cat chat bot lets you know about the weather forecasts and does have a penchant to come up with some offbeat replies. 

2.  Secure your conversations: Facebook Messenger now offers you an opportunity to have conversations, in complete secrecy. The end to end encryption makes it difficult for the hackers to access or read the messages.

Next time, you want to share some secret information, you can certainly use this feature. As for activating this feature, all you have to do is to click on the Secret tab, on the top right. You also have the option to self-destructing messages, which disappear after a few seconds. For messages to self-destruct, you have to click on the clock icon.  

3.  Scribble chat for a change: Tired of the same old font? Well, you can try the Scribble Chat that lets you send customized text messages with animated fonts and effects. Your friends will surely like the way you chat with them now, using the unique fonts.

To turn your messages into 3D fonts, open the conversation and hit the +button in the bottom right corner. Once you are there, swipe left and select Scribble Chat. 

4. Post cute pictures to cheer someone: Is your sister or girlfriend feeling a bit low? Well, there is a way to cheer them up, by sending a cute picture of cat or dog. You can get the image by typing the words- @Dailycute in the message box. You can then choose a random picture and caption it to send an adorable message.

5. Titillate your brains with a game of chess: Want to play a game of chess? Well, Facebook Messenger does let you play a game of chess with your friends. To play the game of chess on Messenger, you have to type - @FBChess in the messenger search box. Your friend will then get notified with a message, requesting them to make the first move.

By using a few specific codes, you can make the moves and this gives you an opportunity to show your skills and impress your friends. 

6. Mute Messenger notifications: Facebook Messenger allows you to mute notifications for a certain period of time. Depending on your preference, you can mute the notifications for 15 Mins, 1 hour, 8 hours, 24 hours or until you turn it back on.

This feature comes in handy when you are in the middle of a meeting and don’t really want to get disturbed. It appears to be a good option, especially when you are busy in an important conversation. Once the meeting ends, you can change the notification with relative ease. 

7. If emoji isn’t enough: Conventional emojis in Facebook Messenger have lost their essence. What you do need is a newer and bigger version of emojis! This is possible, for which all you have to do is to press the emoji and in a few moments, see it expand. It is not really something that is out of the world. But at least, the whole emoji thing getting bigger is a sight to behold.

8. You can even send money via Messenger: Is your friend in dire need of some money? One useful feature of Messenger is that you can send or receive money, without having to waste any precious time. The transaction mode is completely secure.

To send money to your friend, open the chat and gently tap on the blue + icon and select the green payment icon. You are then required to set up the payment account. When you are done, tap and make the payment, using your ATM card. 

Your friend will instantly receive the money, without having to face any major delays. 

9. Inspire somebody with good music: Music has the power to inspire everyone. Now, you can connect your Spotify account with your messenger chat. By doing so, you will be able to share your Spotify music such as songs or any playlist. Your friend will get a link, which they click to listen to the songs.

It might work and your friend might get inspired in the end. If you are doing some good work for your friend, the act really matters a lot. 

10. Play Basketball like a pro: Have you tried the hidden Facebook Messenger Basketball game Yet? You must give it a try. It is exciting and addictive at the same time. However, you do need the latest version of Messenger. To play the game, you just need to send a friend a basketball emoji. Once you click on the sent b-ball, it will then automatically launch the game.

Compete with your friend and you are bound to like it by many miles. 

Author Bio – Sam Anderson is a US-based independent technical expert and consultant. Being an active blogger, he writes everything that is happening around and consciously tries to examine the role of social media and its immediate impact.  For facebook help, you can contact us.

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