The crescent moon shape of the plates was symbolic of the human menstrual cycle, since a crescent moon only occurs once a month, which is very much like a woman's menstrual period. While the front plate concealed Leia's womanhood, the design symbolically exposed her deeper than her vulva. For Jabba, this represented her femininity and her complete availability to the Hutt master.
Leia's PerceptionEditAs a royal woman, Leia was raised in a socially conservative atmosphere in which a princess was demure by nature. Wearing gold plates etched with depictions of her ovaries and uterus humiliated her. Leia hated her skirt plates, both for what they didn't cover and what they symbolized. Leia disgusted by the plates as they had the design of a woman's anatomy engraved on them; it was a symbol of her femininity, as well as her royal status. She also hated feeling the cold metal plates rubbing against her nakedness underneath. The idea of wearing an outfit with a uterus and ovaries on it was embarrassing to her because they symbolized her status as a virgin and her female fertility, and the idea of wearing an outfit with a uterus and ovaries on it was embarrassing to her because they symbolized her status as a virgin by displaying a hymen showing she was untouched by a male and ovaries showing her female fertility, which was important to many females of many species. As a
conservative royal, this humiliated her beyond words. The two ideas displayed right over her vagina embarrassed her, since it displayed a very private fact about her as a woman that would normally be hidden from view, even with stark nudity.
The plates also left her sides exposed, baring her flanks for all to see. This exposed more of Leia to the world than she was comfortable with, as not only her breasts, stomach, back and legs were exposed, but now the supple cheeks of her butt and smooth curve of her waist and hips were also bared for all to see. The rigidness of her skirt plates meant that while she was moving, there was no way to ensure that the skirt plates did not slip out of line and expose part of her even more, which often gave the throne room even more of a view of her nether regions than she was already comfortable giving. (see Leia's Skirts).