Phenomenal Woman
Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.


Over the years, the scripts and things that I’ve gotten, it’s like, you look at them, and you know, especially, being a feminist and all those different things, you want to always be portraying women in this really strong and smart and beautiful way, and it’s like, but that’s not really, also, true, and to really have true equality, it means representing the women out there who sometimes aren’t the best, and sometimes do make mistakes. Those are the types of things and types of stories that I think really inspire me, why I want to do film. It’s to kind of give life to some of those people, sometimes when they’re bad, sometimes when they’re good, that maybe you really hadn’t thought about putting yourself in their shoes. That’s why it’s extremely important for women to be writing their own stories, truly crafting those stories, writing them down, directing them, and giving them to people to really emotionally become impacted by. Because when my mom tells me a story, or my grandmother tells me a story, I’m riveted. It’s a life lesson to me, it’s a look into a time capsule of what their experiences were, and it just is a revelation for what could possibly happen in my future. That’s invaluable, and we need more people doing it.

We see this even in films without an apparent political perspective.
Consider Jurassic Park for a moment. Ellie’s role as a professional woman who treats an ailing stegosaurus and who braves the raptors to switch on the power would seem to suggest a much more progressive view of women than is traditionally presented in mainstream film. This is quickly dispelled, however, when we look at Ellie’s dramatic role in the film. She has no doubts, no hesitation, and no conflict or growth, so that her actions indicate nothing about her internal life. Instead, her dramatic function is to smile knowingly at Grant when he is around children, thus serving merely to mark his progress through the acts. While she is portrayed with the mannerisms of a feminist, her dramatic role is that of a static signpost against which we measure the male character’s growth. It is worth noting that even though Jurassic Park is not advertised or thought of as a political film, it conveys, as do all films, a political meaning nonetheless"

Ken Dancyger and Jeff Rush, Alternative Scriptwriting: Successfully Breaking the Rules

This is why we need complex female characters rather than strong female characters. 

Ross Putman (@femscriptintros) | Twitter
The latest Tweets from Ross Putman (@femscriptintros). Producer. These are intros for female leads in actual scripts I read. Names changed to JANE, otherwise verbatim. Update as I go. Apologies if I quote your work. Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood producer tweets intros for female leads in the scripts he reads. Cringe-worthy hilarity ensues.

so i have two everyday feminism videos scripted and ready to film (one about affirmative action and the other about asian/woc representation in media), one feminist friday video that’s basically a 101 to terminology, a few other videos roughly outlined, and one i need to script for a patreon perk

i also really just wanna chat about makeup because i like it but also wanna analyze it

i wanna film all this stuff soon since i’ll be back at my apartment on friday but tomorrow will probably be a hw day tbh