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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.


  1. Homunculette
    February 24, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    Wow. This piece is an incredible tour de force. I’m completely blown away by the scope and elegance of this piece, and I don’t even like Star Wars that much. This is one of my favorite things you’ve ever written.


  2. MinisterPopsycle
    February 24, 2017 @ 6:11 pm

    Bravo. Nice and crunchy headcandy.
    I actually want to watch this movie now.


  3. Daibhid C
    February 24, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

    “K2 is definitely coded as male”

    A while ago something (it may have been the comments on one of your or Phil’s posts, or it may have been the rumour of a female droid in Han’s Solo Movie) led me down a rabbit hole of how droid gender in the Star Wars universe worked, which seemed to be that it was a matter of programming. So +1 double meaning there.


    • Jack Graham
      February 24, 2017 @ 8:38 pm

      Droids seem to be either male or genderless. Which is interesting.


      • D.N.
        February 25, 2017 @ 1:32 am

        EV-9D9 in Return of the Jedi is female, but that’s not made clear in the film itself.


        • Patrick M
          February 25, 2017 @ 1:44 am

          TC-14 from The Phantom Menace is female, and voiced by Lindsay Duncan!


          • Anthony D Herrera
            February 25, 2017 @ 2:27 am

            As long as we’re piling on there’s also the droid waitress from Attack of the clones. Female droids just get way less screen time it seems.

            Great essay BTW.

          • Jack Graham
            February 25, 2017 @ 8:40 am

            Ha. See, this is what happens when you make pronouncements about something you’re not really a fan of.

          • Jarl
            February 25, 2017 @ 2:16 pm

            And here I was thinking the bit about Needa was you just being rhetorically facetious 😛

  4. Roderick T. Long
    February 25, 2017 @ 6:03 pm

    I know Phil has said he has no interest in looking at the tv shows, but how about you? They’re pretty interesting. I’m pretty struck by the way the second Clone Wars series emphasises, over and over, the need to disobey one’s superior officers.


  5. C
    April 17, 2017 @ 2:27 pm

    Hi Jack! I stumbled upon this essay last month while looking for something entirely different–and WOW~!! Really fantastic. The point you make about Star Wars depicting political/social tyranny as an externalization of private neuroses, and specifically in Rogue One the weirdly homoerotic nature of the relationship between Krennic and Galen Erso, is a point I was also trying to make back in December…albeit in fanfiction, as opposed to essay, form. At the time, I articulated the underlying message of the story as a complaint about how cruelty begets more cruelty and how there is a dialectical relationship between social and personal restraint (or lack thereof). No clue if anybody reading the story actually “received” the intended message, as it were, but if you’re curious: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8896006


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