this casting call exemplifies hollywood's sexism problem
Predictably, it didn't go down so well.
We've encountered enough examples of Hollywood sexism recently to fill an entire book on the subject, but one word in a Facebook post has highlighted the problem to depressing, maddening, perfection. Last week an unidentified casting agency put out an otherwise unassuming casting call seeking "whores" for an upcoming project — one linked to Hollywood heavyweight Quentin Tarantino. Any (thin, white, natural-breasted) woman interested in the opportunity was told to send a photo and actively describe herself as a "whore" in an email subject line. The agency has since deleted the post, but not before the blog Women and Hollywood grabbed a screenshot.
As one Facebook commenter pointed out, using a less degrading word probably would have been a good idea. "Sex workers," "saloon girls," or even "prostitutes" are all terms far less heavily laden with decades/centuries of sexist baggage. And while women have every right to reclaim derogatory 1880s slut synonymns, requiring budding actresses to brand themselves in this manner to even be considered for a job isn't quite as liberating. These women have enough of an uphill battle with misogyny ahead of them as it is.
Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Georges Biard