Girls starting a website…what a cra-azy idea, right?!
Wink. Smirk. Nudge. Yeah, yeah, I know – you get the joke.
The internet is typically a gender-neutral playing field. Anyone with a few bars of connection can build a website and change the world! Or start a digital revolution! Or gripe about the complexities of modern romance! To each their own.
So while watching this weekend’s most buzzed-about new film - The Social Network (aka “The Facebook Movie”) – I couldn’t help but be surprised by the role that women supposedly played in the creation of one of the biggest brands in the world. The movie is great and 100% recommended. But if it is to be believed, then the only girls who mattered to Mark Zuckerberg and Co. as they founded Facebook were bitches, sluts, Victoria’s Secret models and underage partiers. The company’s recent history is littered with the impact of intelligent and powerful women including Sheryl Sandberg, Randi Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, to name a few. But in the film’s dramatic and compelling version of the site’s foundation story, girls like these were nowhere to be found in the beginning days.
Is this the truth? Were these women truly absent? Or simply marginalized in a story that centers around more traditional themes of loyalty and ambition and betrayal and relationship status updates? And why is Justin Timberlake always so damn cute?
This and more in my latest Huffington Post piece.
The Social Network: Where Are All the Girls?
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