…There’s a big gender difference. Men are result-oriented. Fuck the girl. Win the prize. Beat up the guy. Get the money. Close the deal. Win the game. And they don’t want to know, they don’t have an inner life. They don’t want to be embarrassed, or self-conscious, or insecure. They don’t want to be LeBron James. They don’t want fear or have insecurity. They don’t want to know. They just want the result. And as a result, most men I know are really boring. They’re not less bright. They just don’t have an inner life… Women are process-oriented. They have an inner life whether they like it or not. They have to know what they’re actually feeling about things, even when it screws them up. And it frequently does screw you up to have an inner life because you know that you’re embarrassed or ashamed or guilty or insecure or something, and it can make you compete less effectively. That’s what makes women interesting in life, in fiction, that’s why I like to write about women.
Ron Bass wrote the screenplays for Waiting to Exhale, My Best Friend’s Wedding, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Stepmom and Rainman, for which he won an Academy Award in 1988.
Bass was recently interviewed by my professor, Miranda Banks. This is his answer to a question regarding his tendency to work with solely women.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus — we get it. Who knew an awesome description of the difference between the two sexes could be found in a four-hour-a-week seminar on screenwriting?