Representation behind the scenes

All representation matters.

In front of the camera and behind the camera.

I’ve written before about how Marvel’s Jessica Jones (and Rey from Star Wars) affected me as a consumer of pop culture. I wrote about it months ago and republished it the other day right here.

Jessica Jones is a smart show to which I can relate (but, no, I’m not a superhero).

And, now, I’ve learned that the entire next season (WHEN IT FINALLY GETS HERE!) will be directed by women.

Here’s part of what I said in my last blog entry about Jessica Jones (and Rey):

We have female characters that I am excited about. We have female characters to whom I can relate. We have female characters who don’t need the men to save them. We have female characters who deal with serious issues (Jessica Jones confronts both rape and abortion) in a way that neither minimizes nor contributes further to stigma or outright dishonesty about women’s thoughts and feelings on those issues.

We have female characters who I cheer for.

And the only thing that can make those characters better is also having women behind the camera directing them.

Imagine an actor working through a scene about rape/sexual assault – experiences that are primarily (I didn’t say entirely) women’s – or miscarriage/abortion – experiences that are entirely women’s – with men behind the scenes. I won’t suggest that those men won’t listen to the women acting those scenes, but I will suggest that – to get the scene right – it is far more likely that there will be words that don’t even have to be spoken to women behind the scenes.

A show that wants to delve into those things that are most frequently experienced by women and do so in an honest way is most likely to accomplish that when women are acting, writing, and directing those stories.

A show that accurately portrays women (yes, I know she’s a superhero), quite simply, will be most accurate when it is acted, written, and directed by women.

In this case, representation in front of and behind the camera can only make for an even more relatable show.

Because representation matters.