Sexy, Naked or ‘Leggy’: Producer Tweets Female Character Descriptions From Actual Scripts

by Anastasia K Zimitravich

Ross Putnam, a Los Angeles producer, started a themed Twitter handle (@femscriptintros) that isn’t particularly shocking to anyone. The handle’s theme: sexism in scripts. As a producer, Putnam receives film pitches on a daily basis. And as a producer, he notices the trend of descriptors for their leading ladies, most of which places emphasis on being a blond “drop dead beauty” or naked. Not limited to physical descriptors, women in these scripts are reduced to tropes of shallow covetousness, emphasizing aspirations of idle wealth or attractiveness, all in 140 characters or less. However disappointing, these personifications of the weak-bodied, amorphous “JANE” are not at all surprising. At least we’re getting better at recognizing it.









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