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Aaron Sorkin and These Women - a report on women in "The Newsroom" and other Sorkin scripts

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HBO's workplace dramedy The Newsroom has an ensemble cast, but its first season, which concluded last month, nonetheless revolved around cable-TV anchorman Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). Many have noticed that the elevation of Sorkin's middle-aged, white male hero has come at the expense of the rest of The Newsroom's ensemble of characters. In fact, several commentators have put it quite bluntly: 'In Sorkinworld,' writes a Time.com reviewer, 'the men are men and the women are sorry.'
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Jennifer Epps is a peace, social justice, pro-democracy, environmentalist and animal activist in L.A. She has also been a scriptwriter, stage director, actor, puppeteer, and film critic. Her political film reviews are collected at: (more...)
 

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