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.