What's Wrong With The Way Women Are Introduced In Movie Scripts? Everything


In 2016, you'd think the film industry would be more progressive than it was in the 1950s. But sadly, you'd be wrong. Besides the wage gap and lack of diverse roles for POC, females have another major issue to deal with in the movie world. And ironically, a man was the one to point it out.

Ross Putman's Twitter account @femscriptintros shares how actual movie scripts choose to introduce their female characters. The descriptions all have one major thing in common: It's all about their looks.

Shocker, right? Putman, a producer, explains how he's using his Twitter account in its bio, stating, "These are intros for female leads in actual scripts I read. Names changed to JANE, otherwise verbatim." So, these are the real deal, which makes it 100x worse. Exhibit A:

Hmm, but what kind of person *IS* this Jane? Is she studious? Funny? Outgoing? Charming? Shy? Depressed? Insecure? I don't know if Jane is any of these things, because the screenwriter only focused on her appearance. (Because that's all that matters, duh.)

Who cares if she was valedictorian of her high school class or once got her BFF help after learning she was doing drugs? Who cares about any of that crap? Clearly, your parents lied to you growing up: It's what's on the outside that matters.

Mashable reached out to Putman for comment, and he had some interesting thing to say about his job. "Women are first and foremost described as 'beautiful,' 'attractive,' or -- my personal blow-my-brains-out-favorite, 'stunning,'" the producer candidly explained. "They're always 'stunning' in a certain dress or 'stunning' despite being covered in dirt because they're a paleontologist -- or whatever."

Now to be fair to the myriad of screenwriters who don't introduce their female characters in this way, Putman does share some descriptions that give the characters more depth.

Changing all the characters' names to "Jane" to protect writers' anonymity wasn't Putman's main reason for doing so. He feels like it's a problem found throughout the script medium. "Changing the names to JANE for me...demonstrates how female characters are often thought about in the same, simplistic and often degrading way," he said. "Giving them all the same name, I hope, emphasizes that."

Yep, based on a small sample of these tweets alone, I say the point is loud and clear.


H/T Mashable