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“Woman filmmaker” or “Filmmaker”?

by Michelle Cove.

“Here’s a skeleton key to what has to change,” Gloria Steinem told Boston Globe’s Feature Writer Beth Teitell for today’s article “Gloria Steinem’s message about gender, then and now.”  “Women still require an adjective and males don’t. There is a ‘novelist’ and a ‘woman novelist,’ [as there is a] ‘doctor’ and a ‘black doctor.’ ” Basically, we will know we’ve made major strides when we get rid of the automatic tendency to add the word “woman” before stating a professional position. 

I have been thinking about this topic all month, as I just went live with an issue about Jewish women filmmakers for 614: the HBI ezine (an online magazine I edit about hot topics for Jewish women). I interviewed a half-dozen smart and gutsy “women filmmakers” about the process of shepherding their film from an idea to a screening. On the one hand, they should just be called filmmakers; on the other hand, the fact that they are women is a badge of honor in my book, given that only an estimated 10 percent of filmmakers today are female. It means something significant that these ladies got the job done.

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  • Paula March 27, 2013, 8:31 AM

    But wait, how do you let woman wear this badge of honor of being a female filmmaker without specifying that she is, indeed, a woman?
    “It means something significant that these ladies got the job done.” Does it really? Aren’t you just confirming the issue you’re speaking out against?
    I don’t know anyone who says “female filmmaker” as a derogatory term, so perhaps you should choose. Either have a badge of honor because you’re a woman who can function in a masculine environment, or not have any differentiation at all.