In response to the video above:
Dear Joss Whedon,
First off, thank you for this speech.
In playing a strong female character for 10 years on Smallville, I never realized how fortunate I was to not play someone’s arm candy. That was until I got back into the auditioning circuit.
Many people are asking me why I’m not working. It has now been 1 year since I last set foot on a film set.
Well, the answer is simple: There are very few writers like you (Joss) in this industry. A “strong woman role” or a “strong female story” is still considered a genre in the film industry – anything but mainstream.
The female hero should have strength, wisdom, compassion and integrity. I am no longer ok with portraying anything that degrades or erodes this type of woman.
So I will wait patiently…(maybe even try writing a little) until I get the next, “strong female character” I can sink my teeth into.
Thanks again, Joss. I agree wholeheartedly with what you said.
Until this issue is no longer something we single out in press junket, we are pretending to be further along than we are.