In one of my posts on The Social Network I wondered what Drew Faust, the first female president of the university thought of the film and the depiction of her university and its students.
Well, she’s seen it Just like most of us and she shared her thoughts on the film with the Harvard Crimson.
Here’s what she said:
As a fan of the “The West Wing,” Faust said she appreciated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s snappy dialogue for the movie. But she said that she was troubled by the lack of strong female characters.
“I was very concerned about the portrayal of women,” Faust said. “All the people who had agency in this movie who were important were all men…There are the spurned girlfriends, there are the people at parties, but women don’t seem to be full participants in Harvard student life.”
That depiction, Faust said, does not line up with the Harvard she knows.
According to Faust, Sorkin failed to deliver the powerful women that consistently confronted—and often deflated—the large male egos of the Bartlet administration in his long-running television series.
“I think Aaron Sorkin wrote such great female characters in ‘The West Wing,’” she said. “C.J. and Donna were fabulous, but there’s no similar representation of terrific female characters in ‘The Social Network.’”
Drew Faust Weighs in on ‘The Social Network‘ (The Harvard Crimson)