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Aaron Sorkin on Women in The Social Network

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin took to the blogosphere to address concerns about the portrayal of women in The Social Network as either prizes or bitches.  As you might imagine, the creator of The West Wing's C.J. Craig has a full and illuminating take on the world he was writing about.

Money quote:

More generally, I was writing about a very angry and deeply misogynistic group of people. These aren't the cuddly nerds we made movies about in the 80's. They're very angry that the cheerleader still wants to go out with the quarterback instead of the men (boys) who are running the universe right now. The women they surround themselves with aren't women who challenge them (and frankly, no woman who could challenge them would be interested in being anywhere near them.) 

And let's not forget, the Mara Rooney character (Mark's girlfriend in the opening) very justifiably rejects him within minutes of the film, and then later (again quite justifiably) refuses to get back together once he's started to become a success and tries to apologize.  

Here's a principled woman who holds her ground.  

Sure, Mark calls her a bitch.  But she doesn't come across as one.  And the fact that he couldn't handle her might've been what pushed him into the world of unchallenging women.

Anyway, a very interesting discussion.