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01 September 2013 @ 02:10 pm
Women are awesome, too. In more ways than one.  
This is a fantastic clip from the Women Who Kick Ass SDCC panel this year, where a group a amazing women discuss what it's like being a woman actor in a male-dominated industry and the everyday women role models and heroes people should be applauding, supporting and aspiring to be.

It's unfortunate that there hasn't been a full upload of the panel because I heard it was absolutely wonderful and inspiring, having all these fabulous ladies -- Maggie Q, Michelle Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany, Katee Sackhoff and Danai Gurira -- basically being given the entire panel time to have discussion on women empowerment and their experiences in the industry and how things should be improved so there aren't just more roles for women, but more jobs for women in general from writing and producing and directing, instead of having men just getting to always have a say, especially when they don't know or understand how to write women as real people. There are amazing write-ups about the panel and what was talked about from these fabulous ladies, but no clips other than the one provided. Of course, there was some slight controversy, as witnessed by some who attended to panel about the men in the audience being....less than amused when the panel started talking about male privilege. Someone even wrote about their experience at SDCC along with the Women Who Kick Ass panel where this all went down. I don't know if this has attributed to there being little to no footage of the panel at all, but it's a worthy reminder about the sexism that occurs in everyday life, whether you're in the film industry or walking around a convention floor.

Regardless, we need more panels like that in the future please. I think it's refreshing to have such panels that don't focus on the "what were you wearing in this scene?" and all of that especially toward actresses, but to actually give insightful, intellectual things to discuss and give opinions on and challenge the expectations of what people typically think will happen at these things.
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just a small town girl: [supernatural] strongcarameltrap on September 2nd, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
This is amazing. I love the questions fielded to them and responses by them. It's not exactly something new but it's still great the same to read about it and know. So, kudos to them and to SDCC for that panel.

I'm appalled at the disrespect shown at these women and the jeers given by some of these men. They don't deserve these types of reaction. These are probably the very same men who'd without a second thought ogle at them in skimpy leather outfits or swimsuits.
Renée: Kahlan. BAMC.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
These are probably the very same men who'd without a second thought ogle at them in skimpy leather outfits or swimsuits.

I'm pretty sure that's why they were at the panel anyway. Because hot chicks in films don't have opinions on things other than being hot, right? -__-

I feel like we need more panels like these in the future so these kinds of guys will get the hint that their shit won't be tolerated. And if they have a problem, well too bad. They can just up and leave and allow the awesomeness of ladies be dominate over the main panel rooms. I would gladly attend those as much as I can if that can become a reality, for real though.
an idea is bulletproof: Firefly - Inara big damn heroelizalavelle on September 2nd, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
I saw Gina Torres speak last weekend and really liked when she talked about playing strong female characters with unabashed femininity. It doesn't make a character any less strong to be a women and I like that the industry is recognizing that. Although I think it still is seen more in genre storytelling than in the mainstream media. I hope they catch on soon. It's great to see that there was a panel on this at SDCC!
Renée: Nikita. Live the lie.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
Although I think it still is seen more in genre storytelling than in the mainstream media. I hope they catch on soon.

Yeah, genre storytelling is quite a few steps ahead of in that sense.

I honestly hope that mainstream gets their shit together and realizes that women can have agency over their own stories, that they can be real people with a variety of complexities and be vulnerable while powerful at the same time. There are times when I think we're reaching that point, but then I feel like we've taken several steps back. I'm just hoping that things will change at some point during my lifetime where women are taken seriously in the media, both in front and behind the camera, and just in general really.
Piedwheatear on September 2nd, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link, I've wanted to see clips from that panel ever since I first heard about it!
Renée: Orphan Black. Sarah Manning.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
You're very welcome. I've been trying to keep a look out myself to see if there's anything else, because, even though there might not have been an official recording of it, I find it hard to believe that nobody in the audience was filming during that panel.

At least we're getting some clips trickling in now. Not a whole lot, but it's better than nothing.
dance with those lions: bsg: kara: herodance_the_dance on September 3rd, 2013 09:16 am (UTC)
I STILL CAN'T GET OVER THE AWESOMENESS OF THIS PANEL. It would already be frakking awesome if it just had Katee and Michelle in the same place and talking to each other, just because they're my #1 favorite famous people. And then they add other awesome women AND they all talk about issues that no one really talks about outside of some small and mostly online circles. AND I'M JUST AMAZED, OKAY. :D

There is a transcript/liveblog thing here, but it's still not full. It's almost full though, I think. :)
Renée: Cylons. By your command!rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
I wish I could have been there! It sounds like it would have been my kind of thing, and to witness it firsthand would have made me super excited, negl. And yeah, you don't normally hear such topics and issues being discussed outside the small circles, and to see these amazingly talented women that we know so well from television and movies talk about it so openly with each other and to the audience is definitely refreshing. We need more of that, imo. Especially in such gigantic public platforms like SDCC, no matter what the male reaction tends to be.

And thank you for that transcript. It's hard to find anything else other than recaps of the panel itself, but the more things the merrier! :D
giallarhorngiallarhorn on September 4th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
I haven't been able to find the whole thing, but there's a lot of short clips and bits floating around tumblr and it is fantastic, since it really addresses a lot of angles and issues.
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 6th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen them slowly trickling in (perhaps someone who was there realized that nothing was uploaded from it and decided to contribute from what they captured at the event, to which I thank them for that.)

It's truly wonderful that these actresses were given a chance to express their thoughts on such issues like these, esp on such a public platform like SDCC, when they wouldn't normally be able to otherwise. It's something amazing and inspirational hearing these women whom I admire just addressing these issues within the industry, and just in general.