The Box with Jacqueline
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Director’s Note

I sought to point not only to how women are seen, but how we see ourselves, therefore I wrote and portrayed females whose behavior contradicted the dominant stereotypical roles that we’ve seen women in for centuries. The “Creator of the Show” character was also crucial to the tone and overall message of the series. Her lovely appearance and cultured disposition juxtaposes her explicit language typically accepted for males but widely considered inappropriate for females calling into question gender entitlement and the basis for which women are censored, censor themselves and how this affects our assumption of power and authority.

Female Leadership & Authority

Conceived of and led by women in positions of authority including the director, associate producer, cinematographer and set designer, The Box was committed to female leadership.

Female Bodies & Biology

From period-shaming to calling someone a pussy, the female body has inherited some deeply ingrained associations for being weak, gross and even offensive. In a 2018 study by THINX, 58% of women have experienced period shaming and girls around the world miss school for the fear of embarrassment or lack of sanitary menstrual products.  This series brings to light the ridiculous shame that is linked with the function and possession of female reproductive organs. Like Slutwalks and the Pussy Hat Project, the Box in on board with defiantly celebrating the place we all came from.

Female Sexuality & Power

Intentionally exemplifying atypical roles for women, the female characters in the Box have the awareness of being more authoritative, confident and desirable with age and experience. The antithesis of the angry 40-something woman no longer in her youth, the frumpy, asexual mom, or the polite lady too afraid to speak up about what she wants from her date, the ladies of The Box are badass coming-of-age females who integrate both masculine and feminine traits, making them eminently watchable.

The Box Unpacked: Jacqueline shares her inspiration behind the show

What led you to make The Box with Jacqueline?

I wrote these sketches one night while researching porn for women and never planned on sharing them with anyone. Until a very persuasive person who happens to be my first and second husband and baby daddy to my two children, encouraged me relentlessly to make this a reality. So, I guess you could say it was the man behind the woman, finally.

You’re known as an actress—what prompted the decision to write and direct?

Writing has always been a favorite pastime, but I didn’t expect to be directing. My 22-year old son reminded me that my core nature is to be a total boss and that no one else could do it to my satisfaction. I had to agree. This was after I had shown the script to a male producer and director to get some feedback, who said he wanted to take it on, and I was all “oh hells no.”

Do you think of yourself as an entertainer or an activist?  

I think of myself as a woman and mother who has a few things to share before I die.

What are some strategies to break recurring cycles of shame and guilt among women?

Movies, tv shows and stand-up specials. I have given standing ovations in my living room for Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in 9 to 5 fantasize about the heinous ways they would get back at their sexist boss and while watching Ali Wong in Baby Cobra talking about eating her husband's ass. It’s watching people who are brave enough to be wholly inappropriate that makes me really excited about our evolution.

Is comedy the best platform to open people’s eyes?

It’s definitely my favorite. I think that comedians get to be the most honest and deliver the least censored material. Michelle Wolf in her Nice Lady Netflix special and Amy Schumer in her Leather Special have spun some powerful messages while cracking us up. I love that.

Do you have any role models?

Oprah for being the biggest lady boss there is, Jane Fonda for being a radical activist killing it in entertainment, Madonna for being brilliant and unapologetically truthful, Anais Nin for fulfilling her sexual desires while making her writing the top priority, and most importantly Wonder Woman for being the ultimate symbol for justice, power and freedom.

What do you hope The Box will contribute?

Some much-needed laughter at a time when we desperately need it. With depression being our a threat to the human race and anxiety on the rise, laughing is a stress-reliever, and honestly is good for your health. So if it makes some people laugh, then that would be awesome.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on a new series where men compete to be my butler.