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Thanks for posting this.

I'm a writer, a woman, and disabled - thank you for pointing me to this post. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Sarah, thank you for posting this.

So many reasons to talk about gender - from a professional, and also from a fandom POV. It seems sometimes that boys who like their Sci-Fi grow up to become Joss Whedon or James Cameron, and nothing against them, but what happens to the girls? They end up doing fanworks for free and might go to jail for 'copyright infringement' issues. Or if they dare to go the professional route, they will have to bang their heads against the glass ceiling.

Or why not talk about the antique concept of Nielsen ratings? You're a woman over 35, oh, sorry, desired demographics is not you. Because the idea that a woman can possibly have her own job, buy her own things is so incredible?

Or how about Women's Murder Club. I guess I've said more on the subject online than anyone wanted to hear, but I still stand by all of it. 'Oh, but it's just a TV show!' I've heard so many times. It was much more than that. You can't turn back time, but you certainly can learn from the past.

Wow. Thanks for posting that. Eye-opening. Makes me more determined than ever to be part of a change in that trend and to be a positive example...

What an amazing and moving speech! Yes definitely an eye-opener. Thanks for sharing

What a great piece. It's such a relief when someone finally acknowledges this disparity, which is glaringly obvious if you're a female writer. As a minority woman writer I am constantly hearing how much easier it is for me to get hired in TV than if I were a white male writer, but if that were true, wouldn't the statistics bear that out? The day the majority of shows are created and run by black female writers (or any kind of female writer at all) I will concede.

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    • L.A. 2009. I’m stuck in traffic on the 101 freeway, listening to Isabella Rosselini on NPR. Isabella, for some reason, mentions that starfish are one of those rare species that can reproduce asexually, and I realize that if I could do that, I wouldn't have to worry about finding a boyfriend/husband. I wouldn’t have to internet date! I wouldn't have to figure out if I want to/can/should have a baby/adopt a baby/child on my own. I wouldn't have to stress about things like FSH levels, or weigh my feelings on in vitro versus adoption. I would just have a baby. Thus began my starfish envy.
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