According to The New York Times, “numerous studies have corroborated the disparity between male and female characters in films, TV shows, and ads.” Knowing that this is, of course, one of the most pressing issues in modern society, screenwriter/feminist activist Christina Hodson has come up with a new piece of screenwriting software that will do what Hollywood studios have failed to do: Make sure that your new script includes as much dialogue and action from women as it does from men. One can hear the ka-ching of the box office cash register from here.
“She wondered if screenwriting software — which writers almost universally use to format scripts — could easily tabulate the number of male and female roles, for example, and how much each spoke,” reports the Times. “That way, writers could see and tackle the problem even before casting directors or producers had their say.”
Because it’s a “problem” if your script does not have an equal number of women speaking as men. Although we are quite certain that it is NOT a “problem” if it’s the other way around.
By the way, it seems that Ms. Hodson’s software is a little behind the times. Isn’t she aware that we now live in a world where there is a multiplicity of genders, not to mention people whose genders change from day to day, hour to hour? Will her program make sure that transgender ponykin are properly represented in Hollywood films, because if not, she’s probably going to be excoriated on some left-wing blog or another in the coming days. God, cisgender women and their PRIVILEGE!
From the Times:
Ms. Hodson approached John August, a creator of the script software Highland, to see if he could make something of her brainstorm. In a word, yes. It was a snap: On Thursday, just weeks after that initial conversation, Highland 2, with the gender analysis tool that Ms. Hodson dreamed up, became available in the Apple app store as a free download.
“I was immediately on board,” said Mr. August, a screenwriter himself whose credits include Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the forthcoming live-action “Aladdin.”
“During the writing process, you’re not always aware of how little your female characters are interacting or speaking,” he said, “because you’re only looking at a scene at a time, a page at a time. It’s not a good overview.”
Okay, so here’s the question: Does it make the movies any BETTER? Would August’s movies have been better had he run this software and then gone back and monkeyed around with the scripts until women had as many lines as the men? Are movies more entertaining or enlightening when they pass the fabled Bechdel test? Or is this just something that Hollywood liberals focus on because SJW culture demands that they spent all of their time feeling guilty about they success?
In any event, if you start seeing movies with a lot more forced, unnecessary dialogue between two female characters, you can rest assured that this is “progress.” Enjoy the show.