This Twitter captures how ridiculously females characters are described in movies
In case you haven’t heard the news, it’s hard out there for females in Hollywood. There’s a startling low number of women behind the camera — whether in writing, directing, or crew positions — and it can be even worse in front of it. Women continue to receive waaaay less than their male co-stars (even in situations where they have equal screen time) and this is still even after they’ve managed to land the part. That’s another hurdle right there.
TBH, there aren’t a ton of really GREAT female roles out there, but that’s not because they aren’t being written. Oh, females roles are being written, don’t worry, but they’re not… well, all that awesome. While we might not get to see first-hand just how poorly many of these female characters are depicted on the page, one producer has decided to share what he reads every time he sees a brand-new female character introduced in a script.
Ross Putman has started up @femscriptintros. The title is pretty self explanatory. As he writes in his Twitter bio: “These are intros for female leads in actual scripts I read. Names changed to JANE, otherwise verbatim.”
In 140 characters, or less, he’s able to perfectly capture just how ridiculous sexism is in Hollywood right now. His tweets have come from actual scripts he’s read (and ten points to anyone who can figure out if the projects have actually been made), and they’re all bonkers. All of them. In a few words, this perfectly captures how Hollywood still views woman, time and time again.
Talking to Mashable, Putman detailed his observations about females in Hollywood even further.
“Women are first and foremost described as ‘beautiful,’ ‘attractive,’ or—my personal blow-my-brains-out-favorite, ‘stunning.’ They’re always ‘stunning’ in a certain dress or ‘stunning’ despite being covered in dirt because they’re a paleontologist—or whatever,” he explained. “Changing the names to JANE for me…demonstrates how female characters are often thought about in the same, simplistic and often degrading way. Giving them all the same name, I hope, emphasizes that.”
With only 21 tweets so far and already over eleven thousand followers, it’s clear that what Putman is doing has quickly drawn a lot of attention. Maybe calling attention to the problem like this is one (tiny little baby) step in the right direction and will finally get us a surplus of incredible female characters. That’s all we really want at the end of the day.