'Harmless Librarian Who Goes Over To The Dark Side, Topless' And Other Real Casting Calls For Women

'Harmless Librarian Who Goes Over to the Dark Side, Topless' and Other Real Casting Calls for Women

Between pay inequality, ageism, limited opportunities, and a laundry list of other problems, being a woman in Hollywood sucks. Thanks to Casting Call The Project, now we know the never ending shit-storm of abuse starts before these actors even set foot on set.

In the video, several actors read actual casting calls for female roles, which range from tone deaf ("Nerdy type of girl; nevertheless she has a boyfriend who loves her") to utterly offensive ("Her cleavage is her best feature") and borderline threatening ("Just so you know, you aren't being exploited — the director gets naked in all of his films so you won't be alone"). Jesus, it's 2016 people. How is this still something anyone thinks is acceptable?

Blessedly, comments on the video are disabled, so at least we're spared having to read through MRAs explain a "woman's place" on set.

[YouTube via LAist]


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    these are casting calls...for specific roles...that need to be filled......................you can go through casting calls for guys and find the same retarded stuff. maybe if you didn't outright dismiss MRAs as many MRAs dismiss some feminists for being too crazy you'd know this.

    lots of words like 'buff,' 'athletic,' 'clean-shaven,' 'baby-faced,' 'strong,' 'fatherly,' 'attractive.'

    fact is roles have requirements, writers/directors have a vision, etc. you deal with it, get typecast, or find another industry.

    this particular one is not a fight that you will ever win.

    Last edited 14/03/16 2:41 pm

      Completely agree with everything you said. What a silly article.

      Oh come on. Look at the age differences between average leading man and woman. They are not even close to the same. Men can be leads until all sorts of ages and be in romances with massive ages differences but when does it work the other way?

      You are drawing a reaaal long bow trying to equate them. There are blatantly obvious massive double standards.

      this particular one is not a fight that you will ever win.

      Have you noticed that around half the human population is female? Might be worth thinking about.

        but i'm not talking about ageism, you are.

          I'm not sure you have thought this argument through.

        Unfortunately, men and women age differently.

        Men become more distinguished with a few wrinkles and women turn into battered old hags, c'est la vie!

          This is the subjective viewpoint of an arsehole. This guy does not represent me.

          Society chooses when to demonise women for being a part of the natural order of life or blow smoke up the arse of men for the same process. You have a choice to perpetuate inequality or stand up for half the population that is unfairly labelled by a societies ideals which must be changed for progress to to be made. I am a man, I am a feminist. My daughter and wife deserve to be equals in their own world.

            For the record it's not society trying to demonise anyone, it's simply an obvious manifestation of societal sexual preferences. Women by and large find men attractive over a larger age range than men do women, my comment was an admittedly glib reflection of that fact. Who's to say which gender is right though? Should we make women not find older men attractive, or should we force men to go out and bang grannies? It may be a sad fact, but you effectively telling everyone that they need to change what they find attractive will never work, because that sounds a lot like you're telling them what to think, last time I checked it wasn't 1984 & thought cannot be policed.

            I am a man, I am an egalitarian and my wife and daughter are already equals in this world, at least most of the western world and certainly here in Australia. You can tell them they aren't as much as you like, but they're educated and they know better, they don't need me to stand up for them, they certainly don't need muppets like you to, they stand up for themselves.

      True to some extent, but doesn't really explain roles like...
      - "prefer an actor who is not thin - great role for a feminist" ... err... OK...
      - different age requirements for actors depending on gender for the SAME ROLE
      - Role with no pay, but you get to ride in a white stretch limo with a midget and a band. YAY!
      - "loves being a woman so she probably wears a push-up bra" ?? Is there even an equivalent for that? Loves being a man and so always wears really tight shirts to show off his ripped abs? Basically this ties together a personal identification (loves being a woman) with a dress style for no obvious reason.

      Yes, there are several roles where a description is a reasonable description of a part - even if we might not agree that it's a reasonable part to play. Then there are the parts where the description includes value judgements which are... pretty unreasonable.

      I'm sure that there are occasional equivalents on the male side of things as well; I've heard that there area lot of "free" acting jobs offered without pay for "exposure" on both sides of the gender divide. Doesn't make it any more right for women than for men.

      Or to put it another way - if there are equivalents in male casting calls, that doesn't mean that there's no issue. It just means that it's a BIGGER issue.

        - different age requirements for actors depending on gender for the SAME ROLE

        that is literally the only one that stuck out, the rest were equally applicable to men.

        I'm sure that there are occasional equivalents on the male side of things as well

        So what you're saying is you've not bothered to research it. I suggest you should. There's about a billion websites out there for casting calls. It is not occasional, it is prevalent

        Or to put it another way - if there are equivalents in male casting calls, that doesn't mean that there's no issue. It just means that it's a BIGGER issue.

        or not at all, due to the nature of the industry. one of the only real issues with the industry in this regard I can see is the obvious and blatant ageism and sexism that goes hand in hand with it - men do indeed have greater leniency in age than women do, along with some shady racism here and there, though thankfully the rise of the Black Everyman is upon us to iron that out, though maybe not quickly enough.

        Last edited 14/03/16 4:46 pm

          one of the only real issues with the industry in this regard I can see is the obvious and blatant ageism and sexism that goes hand in hand with it
          In other words, it's a bigger issue.

          It's perfectly reasonable to define the requirements for people answering a casting call to fit a "type"; nobody is going to believe that Einstein is an 18-year-old girl, any more than they would believe that Lara Croft is a distinguished man. Or that a buff young guy is a good fit for a part playing an 80-year old man. I have no argument with a casting call that asks for buff guys, or large-breasted women. Or any other combination of physical characteristics. Square peg, meet square hole.

          The problem is when this is then also linked to the type of person. How would you respond to a casting call asking for, say, white supremacists... or vegetarians? How is that different from a call asking for feminists?

          Now, I can actually see it being reasonable for a casting call to EXCLUDE vegetarians, if eating meat is part of the actual part. Just as it's reasonable for the description to have "Must be willing to eat snails." Those are limits on what the actor is wiling to do, nothing to do with personality as such.

          To some degree I can understand why it happens; by all accounts, Hollywood - and to some extent the movie industry in general - is a cesspit. Doesn't mean we shouldn't try to fix it. The first step to fixing it is to point out that it's happening.

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