Originally Posted by Geoff Alexander
Okay, I will give you the benefit of the doubt. My point is that there is the appearance of bias as I have met many male screenwriters and I have met many female screenwriters and by the way many male and female executives, many more than you, by the way, I am 99% certain.
I have noticed what, appears to me, to be a pattern--the female writers and executives appear to simply be in general much more attractive than their male counterparts.
This appears to me to demonstrate a bias towards hiring attractive women.
And here's where you totally misunderstand and accuse me of a bunch of bullshit.
I am not saying that the bias is to hire attractive women ahead of more or equally talented but unattractive men, I am saying that the bias is to hire attractive women over more or equally talented but not as attractive women.
But, oh, how could that be?!?!
It could be that the vast majority of female writers and development executives are being hired by straight men.
Now is it clear?
At a "women in film & TV" panel at Austin a few years ago, this was explicitly discussed. And that you need to make the best of what you've got - be put together and well groomed when you go to meetings. The women on the panel even laughingly pointed out that they were all in heels, with makeup and hair done, right there on the panel, whereas the festival was hip deep in slovenly male writers.
And honestly, this is the norm in most industries. Just google any variant of "attractive people succeed" and study after study will appear.
Making an observation that bias exists isn't endorsing that bias.