Sexism From Page to Screen

How Hollywood Screenplays Inscribe Gender

  • Radha O'Meara University of Melbourne
Keywords: screenplay, sexism, gender, feminism, Hollywood, screenwriting


This article analyses how characters are described in recent Hollywood screenplays, and notes that female characters are routinely described very differently than male characters.  Male characters are commonly named and described expansively, whereas female characters are often unnamed, described meagrely, highly sexualised and infantalised.  How characters are described in screenplays matters, because it impacts on production practices, the nature of workplaces, the films produced, and the gender representations we see daily on our screens.  Conceptualizing this as a problem of screenwriting rather than an abstract problem of representation helps us imagine and enact change for people both imagined and real.

June 14, 2017
How to Cite
O’Meara, R. (2017). Sexism From Page to Screen: How Hollywood Screenplays Inscribe Gender. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 10(2), 79-91.