This is a link to an online questionnaire posted by a university student exploring sexism in the backstage environment. It’s an interesting topic, and Crewclass has replied to it.
But is sexism too strong a word? As it infers actual prejudice? Of course there is gender inequality and, sadly, casual sexism on the crew, but no more or less than one would find in any male dominated working environment. Surely it’s a “given” that any woman who opts for a career at the practical end of the production industry will have a thick enough skin to cope with any casual thoughtless, frankly stupid, remark or assumption made by her co-workers?
If it starts getting beyond a joke and strays into the realms of bullying or harrassment then the course of action is simple:- you take it up with the management. If you feel that their response is unsatisfactory, you quit and take the case straight to PSA or BECTU.
One would like to think that the industry across the board is not institutionally sexist, but there are pockets where it undeniably does exist.
So can we conclude that the industry remains surprisingly conservative, and gender inequality is a reality. However, surely “talent will out”. If any person proves their worth on the crew they will be accepted, valued, and indeed promoted equally.
What are your thoughts? What are your personal experiences?
Post your comments here.