1. One of my first Hollywood-type jobs was doing script coverage for a film company.
  2. And I couldn't believe the women in the scripts I read.
  3. I don't even know if I can call them women, that would imply that they read like people.
  4. Most women were in the story for the exclusive purpose of being sexy. They were to look sexy, talk sexy, and, at a certain point, they were to have sex with le main dude.
  5. No engine or spine or interior life.
  6. They weren't people. They were things.
  7. I started to see it everywhere, in scripts and on screens, women being treated like things.
  8. Sex things. Bitch things. Helpless things. Nagging things. Mom things.
  9. And I couldn't help thinking "Why are these men writing women like things? Do they not have moms/sisters/grandmas/girlfriends/wives/coworkers/neighbors/friends who are women? Don't they see how women act in real life? Why can't they just draw from personal experience and write the women they know?"
  10. And that's when I realized that they don't see it.
  11. They don't see women as people in real life.
  12. They write women like sex things and mom things because that's how they SEE them.
  13. As trophies and tools.
  14. Not as people.
  15. So the next time someone gently suggests that the women in your work are underdeveloped ( or people of color, or LGBTQIA characters, or roles for the disabled), realize that what this person is actually saying is that you're not treating these people like people in your work because you're not treating them like people in your life.
  16. Figure out how to see all people as people and your work will reflect that.
  17. And then you'll be good at writing.
  18. Also, life.