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Why we Need to Write Weaker Female Characters

March 12, 2015

Tales from the Cutting Room Floor

Why we Struggle to Write Good Parts for Women ☛

I had a discussion online the other day with actress Alice Lowe about the portrayal of women on screen. The place of women in the film industry, on-screen and off, is something of a hot topic following the woeful under-representation of women at this year’s Oscars.

Alice Lowe demonstrates that Sara Lund doesn’t have the monopoly on knitwear.

Alice was talking about the screenplay for The Theory of Everything, in which Felicity Jones’s character was given little to do but provide moral support for the male lead, and ask questions that allowed him to provide learned exposition. This is the sort of thing that is massively unrewarding for the actress; Alice commented that too many parts for women are “struts or sluts”.

Statistics back her up – a recent report by the Center for the Study of Women in…

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  1. The Frankfurt school tendency has become pervasive… The women can be too strong. Of course the author of this piece was probably being ironic, yet there is a point. I always read and see the fascination with women who murder, though we all know that women tend to be terrible as murderers… They really don’t have it in them.

    • The best explanation for Jack the ripper is a female killer. The author who put forth this argument noted that uterine extraction in repeat murder cases has been consistently done by female killers. If Jack the Ripper were male, he would be quite the anomaly.

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