"Transparent" Creator Jill Soloway Wants You to Use Your Voice
The of the most inspirational women in television right now is "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway. If you haven't seen the show yet or missed her lovely Emmys speech, you should definitely check out the speech she gave at Cinefamily last weekend to a crowd of female filmmakers. She's currently promoting her new digital storytelling platform, Wifey.tv, where the motto is "Be the subject, not the object," and her speech reflected that idea wholeheartedly.
Indiewire has a transcript of the whole speech (it's worth a read, seriously), but here are some of our favorite parts:
• On empathy: "In the Roger Ebert documentary ["Life Itself"], he talks about films being an empathy machine, so whoever the protagonist is, they're going to have empathy and when men are making movies about men, they’re creating more empathy for the male gaze."
• On the male gaze: "The male gaze, because the men are subjects, necessarily divides us, divides women into either/or — the madonna or the whore, the slut or the good girl or the many, many ways in which women are divided to be seen as objects when the male character is the subject. That divide is kind of a wound that’s really harming our entire planet right now."
• On the critical mass: "It’s not funny anymore what’s going on with us. It’s immoral, the way that we are kept from our voices. It’s not just a matter of our numbers."
• On the importance of creating: "When you pick up a camera and share your voice, it heals the world."
• On monitoring your inner monologue: "I wake up in the middle of the night thinking, Don’t do what you’re doing. Don’t write that thing.I feel this way all the time. So I just want all the female creators to keep an eye out for that thing that says don’t do it, it’s not good enough, it’s not ready and you’re not right, and know that that’s the uninvited guest that’s always going to be there in your unconsciousness. That’s a product of growing up other, of growing up as not the subject. "
• On Hollywood: "All they told us our whole life is we’re too emotional to do any real jobs, yet they’ve taken the most emotional job, which is art making about human emotions and said we’re not capable of it."
• On insecurity and being human: "I just want to make sure you know I’m always plagued by insecurities. The insecurities are always going to be there. Notice them when you’re there writing, when you’re trying to get your thing out there, when you’re setting up your night where you’re showing your films. It’s always going to be there."
If you haven't seen Transparent yet, you can check it out before it returns for season two later this year on Amazon Prime. It's already been renewed for a third season (it really is that good). In the meantime, check out Wifey.tv for new videos and content with a feminist bent — and no, you definitely don't need to be a "wifey" to enjoy it.
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