I’ve never been the kind of person who thinks much about the fact that I’m female. I don’t think about gender often in any case, nor do I think about race or sexuality except when these things are being presented as a topic of discussion or debate. It’s not that I’m “colorblind” (a term I dislike) or “anti-feminist” or anything; these just aren’t things that occur to me for whatever reason. They aren’t the kinds of things that spring to my mind. By which I mean, when I read about a woman producer or screenwriter, I don’t automatically think, “A woman! Hooray!” I think more like, “Good for her,” without any emphasis on the “her” bit. (Or, if it’s bad news, I don’t think, “They booted her for being a woman, for not being part of the men’s club.” I just think: “Huh.”)
It’s late as I type this, so I’m not even sure I’m making sense. But the bottom line is that I don’t make a big deal out of the fact that I’m a woman screenwriter/playwright, not even in my own head. Being female is a part of everyday life for me after all; I’m kind of used to it. I did work for a female producer—a gaggle of them, though my boss was one in particular—and she liked to make a big deal out of women in the entertainment industry. “Alpha males” and all that kind of talk. But whatever. I’m one of those women who tends to get on better with guys anyway, not in a I-love-football! kind of way so much as just finding them easier to deal with.
BUT. For once I’m going to play the gender card and just say I think Sherlock needs a female writer and it should be me. It’s generally accepted that Steven Moffat hates women; hiring a female writer would give him a way to refute that. And I happen to be really good at it. At least, so my fans have told me. (Decide for yourself: go ahead and read my faux Series Three script “The Empty Flat” here.)
Last year there was a big fuss made about Bridesmaids, how women can be funny and be good writers (gasp!) . . . I don’t get why that’s news, but maybe I have blinders on. In fact, I’m almost certain I’ll hit that glass ceiling sooner or later; right now I’m just so low on the totem that being a girl is the least of my concerns.