An American film producer, has set up a Twitter account to share the degrading ways in which female characters are introduced in scripts.
There’s long been complaints about endemic Hollywood sexism, from the gender pay gap following the Sony email hack, to inappropriate casting calls, but it isn’t until you see it written down in plain text that it really hits home.
On Tuesday night producer, Ros Putman, set up the Twitter account @femscriptintros, to highlight how prevalent sexism really is in the entertainment industry, and the bleak lack of meaningful roles for women in film.
With the profile caption: “These are intros for female leads in actual scripts I read. Names changed to JANE, otherwise verbatim,” Putman began tweeting the introductions of female characters he found in scripts, changing all the character names to Jane.
Each description reveals how objectifying and superficial female character descriptions really are, making observations including:
“Blonde, fit, smokin’ hot,” “As adorable as she is sexy,” and “She was model pretty once, but living an actual life has taken its toll.”
When you see all the descriptions one after the other, on Putman’s feed, it’s difficult not to feel simultaneously saddened and angered by Hollywood’s treatment of women – who appear to be fluff or fodder for the strong, central male roles.
Putman’s Twitter account, although less than a day old and with only 22 tweets, already has 34k followers.
When Twitter followers asked Putman if he could be objective and post positive female introductions as well, he said that he would be tweeting the character intro to every script he read, whether sexist or not.
It’s just another way in which sexism is prevalent in the industry- after Tuesday’s news that only 33% of all speaking roles in films in 2015 were women.
Read just a few of Putman's tweets below:
JANE stands next to it (30's) dressed in a paramedic's uniform - blonde, fit, smokin' hot.— Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) February 10, 2016
A gorgeous woman, JANE, 23, is a little tipsy, dancing naked on her big bed, as adorable as she is sexy. *BONUS PTS FOR BEING THE 1ST LINE— Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) February 10, 2016
A YOUNG MEXICAN WOMAN sitting on a BUS STOP BENCH. Her name is JANE. She yawns, stretching her pretty face as she struggles to wake up.— Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) February 10, 2016
Behind a steamy shower door is the indistinguishable but sexy silhouette of JANE showering.— Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) February 10, 2016
His wife JANE is making dinner and watching CNN on a small TV. She was model pretty once, but living an actual life has taken its toll.— Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) February 10, 2016
JANE pours her gorgeous figure into a tight dress, slips into her stiletto-heeled fuck-me shoes, and checks herself in the dresser mirror.— Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) February 10, 2016