Describe Yourself as a Male Author Would
The production company that brought you the viral video ‘Leading LadyParts’ is back with what can only be described as an excellent miniseries on YouTube entitled ‘Describe Yourself as a Bad Male Author Would’ and we already can’t get enough of it.
‘She’s strappy, without an air of aggression.’
The five clips on YouTube currently available feature a variety of individuals, including Pearl Mackie, Lizzy Caplan and Meera Syal, reading descriptions of women as if, you guessed it, they were written by ‘Bad Male Authors’
‘Pretty, but not model pretty.’
The irony of the obtuse nature of the statements read out about the actresses during these segments is that the sense of humour – for me at least- was evoked from a sense of absurdity. Surely, descriptions such as these have not appeared in texts? Alas, the descriptions such as the ones peppered throughout this article, are a reality.
‘And while she does have these large eyes, she doesn’t stare at me softly.’
From Hemingway to screenplays, from the old to the new, writers have, and, continue to sexualise and frame women in such a way that is absurd and ~ laughable ~ because it’s a form of framing that belongs to a different era. Therefore, directors Tiff Stevenson and Paul Bertellotti captured this outdated dichotomy perfectly and we can’t wait to see what they produce next.
The videos mentioned in this article can be found on the Rebel Park Productions YouTube channel.