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03/10/2010

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You go girl! Nice bit of writing. Although I'm not sure I really wanted to know that only 4 women have ever been nominated for an Oscar in the Directing category. Makes me a little blue...

Sarah,

Thank you for this post. Your thoughts are right on the money. The worst thing about it is that sexism and "man-off" is something women, particularly younger women, are afraid to talk about, not wanting to seem like we can't make it on our own merits ... and yet, when we don't talk about it, we don't inform and help each other, which keeps us in the dark and discourages change.

Hear Hear! Finally someone talking sense!

Too bloggy? Pshaw. Their loss. This is marvelous. And I find your points both salient and deeply depressing. It is true: the female voice and story, fundamentally different from the man's, are just not as accepted or honored in this culture. Why? I do not know. All I know is we have to keep talking and telling our stories, even if it doesn't feel that it matters ... somehow the tiny waves each of us is creating will join into a groundswell. Right? I have to believe that.

I love this post. Precisely b/c it *was* bloggy. Lord knows there's been tons of ink spilled on the whole Kathryn Bigelow thing. It was nice to read something with a more personal, more universal spin. Thank you.

Delia Lloyd
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Wow, only 4....I'm shocked. I'm going to try to do my best to support women in your industry as much as possible.

I've been wanting to start watching (and catch up with) Sons of Anarchy. Wasn't on the top of my list until Julie Bush announced her new writing job on that show. So, I'll be watching it now. :-)

I wonder how many great things we miss seeing on film or tv because it's too soft or too female. What a shame.

Blessings, C

I love this post even though it makes me sad but it needed to be said.

Well said! Avatar's message came from a higher place...special effects aside!

Though the effects created a Shamanic vision!

good post. I came here from Melissa Silverstein's twitter..

I am so happy Bigelow won, but I was also disappointed that it was for THE HURT LOCKER (great movie, but still...)

but I like to think that this is just the start. Her Oscar win shall pave the road for more female filmmakers and prodcuers to come out on top.

we shall overcome!

Love your story-- Meanwhile, over in New Zealand, home of Whale Rider, the struggle goes on: http://wellywoodwoman.blogspot.com/2010/03/equal-rights-equal-opportunity-progress.html

Love your points. Not being involved in the industry (and have never even watched the Oscars, gasp) I wondered if she won becasue she was a woman. A "See we are open-minded" move. Granted I am VERY jaded when it comes to this subject!! Anyway your comment about men's stories getting more attantion made me think of the book "The Red Tent". Fictional but the whole idea was writing some of the stories of the bible from a female perspective.

I'm not sure how accurate this is, but I've read that the black community will show up opening weekend and support a movie directed by or starring a black artist even if the movie is subpar. They show up and support it. It would be interseting if women could do the same thing. We have a lot of buying power. If we start showing up, then more movies about women will be made, more female voices will be heard. I'll support some crappy female centered movies so that better movies can be made which will encourage more females artists.

And what's the deal with male chefs? I adore Top Chef, but the males are often chauvinistic. We can't even dominate in the kitchen??

Bethany -- thanks for the reminder about The Red Tent...it's been on my list to read for a looooong time!

Sigh...yes, this is all too true. And one of the reasons it persists is the tendency we women have to ingratiate ourselves to men. We're conditioned to not rock the boat. To let 'em have their way...I know: Old news. But, it persists...as exemplified by Bigelow, by you, Sarah, by me (mea culpa)...we keep succumbing to the prevailing powers-that-be (where cold hard cash is concerned...we don't have much option, we gotta eat!). All I can say in my defense is that I've reached the point where I rarely go to plays or movies in which the combination of cast and creator is preponderantly male. It's not even a protest vote. It's a cellular reaction: I've literally reached the point where watching an overly male cast simply doesn't appeal to me. (Yes, I saw The Hurt Locker. And I'm impressed by Bigelow's film-making prowess. But I resented the fact that the only woman in the film was, if memory serves, Renner's long-suffereing wife. I dunno--maybe there were a few more saintly females in the mix, too. Woohoo! Surely Bigelow could've included some female warriors. Jeesh--they're out there dying in these wars, too.) Listen--I don't have the answer. I know vehement feminism isn't very successful. And I certainly compromise, where that's the pragmatic choice. I've finally persuaded my fella that calling women over the age of 20 'girls' isn't OK--at least in my presence. And I certainly spoke up when the director of the show I'm currently in ('The Fly in the Fridge,' if you want to google it...and I'd love to see you there!) made a comment that, because our first sound/lighting designers were abysmally unprofessional, it was because they were female! But I'm an actor. We're constantly in the supplicant position (until we're producers, too). I'll roll over for anyone to get a job I want. It's all a very complex situation. But my first move to change it is to stop spending my hard-earned $$$s on male dominated productions...and to more consciously support female-heavy--or at least female-balanced works. I agree w/Joan...let's follow the example of the black community. After all--we've got us a black president, now. (Yes I know he's also white...but the fact is, the black community showed up as never before to launch him. It works.) Phew! Glad I got that off my chest. Thanks, Sarah.

This article was painfully on target--to use a "man-on" phrase. I am not a great fan of the Hurt Locker, whether man-off or man-on. I thought it flat, painfully stretching in the search for meaning, and drawn along a singular continuum with little reaching into the tangential. And are we now supposed to believe that Women should be honored for becoming cyphers that display monocular visions?

Just as we learned to love and care about a puppy, so we should appreciate the animals that nature gave us, so do not I agree with the indiscriminate slaughter they do with whales. We must admire them for their beauty and form, so we can teach.

Well...Kathryn Bigelow is just perfect!
I don't mention her looks, that is just great for a woman her age, but in any mean of cinematic capabilities she is quite amazing..getting so much honors and pride with not a lot of directing experience, in comparison to other directors winning the Oscars, really, I'm amazed..great job!

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