I haven’t found much of Aaron Sorkin online (I promise, I haven’t been looking, “I was nowhere near Brooklyn!”) but he did post to writer Ken Levine’s blog (link provided by @progGrrl) in response to the accusation that its portrayal of women was sexist by a commenter called Tarazza. Next week he can take on the webdev community for their outrage that he didn’t give enough face time to the miracle that is Facebook.
Before we get to Sorkin, let’s just state, one more time for the record, that this film represented the points of views of its characters. It wasn’t presented as a template for how the human race should live its life. We are assuming that this is the real Aaron Sorkin, but this being the internet, one never really knows – but it sounds kind of like Sorkin — he says “final clubs” instead of “finals clubs,” for instance.
This is Aaron Sorkin and I wanted to address Taraza’s comment. (Ken, I’ll get to you in and your very generous blog post in just a moment.
Tarazza–believe me, I get it. It’s not hard to understand how bright women could be appalled by what they saw in the movie but you have to understand that that was the very specific world I was writing about. Women are both prizes an equal. Mark’s blogging that we hear in voiceover as he drinks, hacks, creates Facemash and dreams of the kind of party he’s sure he’s missing, came directly from Mark’s blog. With the exception of doing some cuts and tightening (and I can promise you that nothing that I cut would have changed your perception of the people or the trajectory of the story by even an inch) I used Mark’s blog verbatim. Mark said, “Erica Albright’s a bitch” (Erica isn’t her real name–I changed three names in the movie when there was no need to embarrass anyone further), “Do you think that’s because all B.U. girls are bitches?” Facebook was born during a night of incredibly misogyny. The idea of comparing women to farm animals, and then to each other, based on their looks and then publicly ranking them. It was a revenge stunt, aimed first at the woman who’d most recently broke his heart (who should get some kind of medal for not breaking his head) and then at the entire female population of Harvard.