A lot has changed since George Lucas first introduced us to a galaxy far, far away. For one thing, the Star Wars universe has a lot more women and people of color in it now. That's a refreshing change. Star Wars has always had fans from all walks of life, but having representation on screen makes it much easier to relate, especially when you get to see people who look like you be heroes.
But there is still a persistent feeling that Star Wars is only for a certain type of person. Young adult author N. J. Simmonds tweeted that her 7-year-old wanted very badly to wear her Star Wars T-shirt to school, but was having a major anxiety attack about it. She was convinced she'd be mocked for her fandom, telling her mother folks would laugh at her for liking "boy stuff."