"Transparent" Creator Jill Soloway on How Men Write Female Characters

May 13, 2015 9:31 PM

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In an interview with TIME about how sex on TV is becoming more realistic, diverse and feminist, Transparent showrunner Jill Soloway spoke about why we need more women writing TV shows. Part of the problem, she says, is that male writers tend to glorify women’s sexuality or punish them for it.

She says women on TV usually fall into two categories: the Madonna and the whore, the wife and the mistress, the virgin and the slut. “A patriarchal society divides women into either and reduces their power by not allowing women to connect with their own sexuality. In most stories, women are punishe...

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