Hasbro’s new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys have stirred a controversy when they didn’t include the main female lead, Rey, with any of their toys.
Rey should be included in the Star Wars toys and it shouldn’t matter that her character is female.
First, Rey’s character is important to the new Star Wars movie. She is the main protagonist and on multiple occasions saves every character. She’s smart, funny, and brave; all the characteristics of every other movie hero. Her character is pivotal to the plot, just as much as Kylo Ren, so her absence doesn’t make sense.” […] They’re stuck with vast amounts of Kylo Ren products that are not moving, and a tidal wave of complaints about a lack of Rey items.” said John Marcotte, founder of Heroic Girls, a non profit organization.
Secondly, an anonymous insider in the Hasbro cooperation confirmed that the official toy makers said “they know what sells” and that they didn’t believe “[boys wanted] to be given product with a female character on it.” Star Wars was not made specifically for boys, so to completely disregard young girls liking Star Wars and only worrying about what young boys would like is blatantly sexist. That type of sexism should not be engraved at such a young age.