In 2017 there was a reckoning as several men were exposed by the media as sexual predators wielding their power to assault women. Brave women shared their stories, and fingers were pointed at complicit individuals in the attacks -- some of whom were revealed to be other women.
LAMB examines the dynamics between two women, the accused and accuser, as one leads the other directly to the predator’s lair, a hotel suite. LAMB is a cautionary tale about women sacrificing women, but also considers the unrecognized victim in the complicity machine, the female assistant.
When the #MeToo movement exploded in the fall of 2017, it brought back visceral memories for me. Memories I tried to forget; about the power of a dream and the lengths I was told I’d have to go to get it on a summer night in 2009. When Weinstein and others were exposed, my shame, anger and pain from that night all came flooding back, but the person I felt the most betrayed by was not the predator, but the woman I trusted, who led me to him.
This incident manifested into distrust for “those types of women,” which when #MeToo hit instigated my writing LAMB. Through the process of conceiving LAMB and speaking to “those types of women” to flesh out the assistant’s character, I realized . . . We’ve all been “that woman.” We’ve been the sacrificed and the sacrificer, even if it’s a comment about a woman’s competency at work, assumptions or judgement around her weight, age, how she raises her children, etc. As women we’ve played both roles, and our ownership and awareness of that can initiate the shift from sacrifice to support.
The purpose behind LAMB is to join the movement in rewriting the female narrative around women sacrificing women, or at least make people aware there is one -- The female assistants were rarely discussed in the unveiling of sexual assault in our industry, but they are a crucial part of the story and the change.