On the night of February 9th, 2016, L.A. film producer Ross Putman started a Twitter account with the username @femscriptintros. Mere days later, he has 56 thousand followers. Why? Because he tweets ridiculously sexist introductions for female characters (changing their names to 'JANE') in real scripts. Every single one, in some way, refers to the woman's superficial appearance with usually no mention of the character's personality.
This is his first tweet:
What I love about this one, is the implication that women athletes are not attractive, especially in jeans. As if somehow playing sports and wearing jeans cause women to be too masculine. I'm sorry, did my grandmother, who was born in 1925, write this script?
Some other good ones are as follows:
(Some of the comments hilariously help to clarify the insanity:
[email protected] - "big bed"'is important. Small bed really would have ruined it."
This one's great isn't it? Dissing models and women who aren't models all in the same sentence. There must be some kind of award for slyly insulting half of the entire population in a matter of 14 words.
This has got to be my favorite so far, it's worse than the athlete one. Now apparently women can't be professionals and care about their appearance at the same time. So, I'm confused. If I show up to work looking like a slob, does that mean I'm actually being professional? Aahhh, now I get it. No wonder everyone at work thinks I'm a slacker, my appearance is too polished.
Now this is all well and good, and I'm so glad that word is getting out about the sexism that still happens in today's world. However, as Teresa Jusino fabulously points out in her article titled, "Ross Putman’s @Femscriptintros is Great, But Let’s Talk About the Women Who Came Before Him," others have done this before. WOMEN have been bringing the problem of sexism in scripts and casting calls for years, forever being ignored and ridiculed. When women point out these problems, they're "bitches," but when a man points them out, he's progressive and a hero and people suddenly start paying attention.
I also love how Jusino's article points out the similarities between the daily battles women face and the daily battles minorities face. There always seems to be 2 different anthropology fights happening in the world: the fight for equality for women and the fight for equality for minorities. Why can't it all be one fight? EQUALITY FOR ALL.
Are social media accounts like Ross Putnam's enough for tackling these daily encounters with discrimination? Or should Hollywood and the world be doing more to combat and eliminate these problems?