Contributed by Barbara Lhota
I often revamp and regurgitate the same images that I’ve been fed my entire life. Several years ago, I started to outline a screenplay whose leading character was to be a single 50-something curmudgeon – an angry, anti-love, anti-social creature. I won’t go into the plot but I was going to make this character male. My wife challenged me. I realized that every film archetype of this type I could think of was male. It limited my perception. I couldn’t see my bias.
As a playwright, I’m intrigued by subtle (and not so subtle) ways in which we are told to value something as better than something else, particularly in literature. Unconsciously I take in these cues – myths really – and turn them into fully-fledged beliefs that influence my behaviors and, not to get dramatic, sabotage dreams. How can you know how limiting your viewpoint is until you can helicopter above? Beliefs develop imperceptibly. Visual cues are even more firmly in our brains with their arms folded, daring us to disagree. That’s why I found this video about woman authors and their book covers so eye-opening…
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blog post contributed by Barbara Lhota