Maybe it’s a Northwest thing

Guess who this TV character is? (Hint: show filmed on the northern west coast of North America, the cold rainy nasty bits) She’s a pilot. She wears her hair military short. All her boyfriends have died. In the first season, she’s tough, opinionated, and not in need of a man. She develops a certain “unresolved […]

Obligatory Sex/Nudity scenes

This isn’t strictly a woman’s issue, but it definitely affects female actors more than male. It’s the dogmatically held belief in Hollywood that you have to put a sex/nudity scene in any movie not specifically intended for kids under 13. It can be between minor characters, even throwaways – doesn’t matter, so long as the […]

Women Identifying with Lead Males

From comments to the post “Do Audiences Want Female Leads?”, some very interesting issues have come up, and I’m going to post in more detail about a couple of them over the next few days. The first is from Revena’s comment: Our culture is constructed with a “male lense” of perception, meaning that even women […]

Do Audiences Want Female Leads?

Ten years ago, I had a debate with a friend who worked in the film industry. I was complaining that we still didn’t have female leads in film, even though it looked like TV was starting to warm up slightly, with shows like Xena and Buffy that absolutely depended on female leads, and the X-Files […]

Delta Burke

I started to put this under “Women in Comedy”, because originally it was going to be about how Delta Burke left Designing Women. But once I did some research, I realized it wasn’t really a portrayal issue – it was a behind-the-scenes issue, and there’s a lot more to this woman than TV. Delta Burke […]