Three creatives who are fed up with female stereotypes channeled their frustration into a hilarious video that you need to watch now.
In the video, created by Laura E. Bray, Julie Asriyan and Jenna Ciralli, more than a dozen women read real-life casting calls that showcase just how rampant gender stereotypes are in their industry. Lines include such gems as:
“Females applying for this role must be between 18 to 25. Males can be much older.”
“She should be wearing an apron with maybe a floral pattern on it to underline femininity.”
“She loves being a woman, so she probably wears a push-up bra.”
“She’s actually pretty, even with no makeup.”
“Nerdy type of girl. Nevertheless, she has a boyfriend who loves her.”
“Please only apply if you are of slender build, as performance space is limited.”
“Prefer an actor who is not thin. This is a great role for a feminist.”
And on and on.
“Who writes this shit?” asks one of the actresses about 2/3 of the way through. Good question.
Though the video is meant to entertain, it also serves a more sober purpose:
“We are hoping that this fun and cathartic project will contribute to the conversation about the deeply flawed ideas of female characters and work for women in the arts in general,” say the creators on their website. “We hope that it will keep all of us (of every gender) talking, thinking, asking and most importantly CREATING OUR OWN WORK that will, in turn, bring about the roles we all want to see for female actors.
Read more about the project and the actresses who participated in it here.