TV writers’ rooms, so we have long been told (mostly by male writers), are hotbeds of creativity. Places where intense geniuses bat one-liners back and forth like tennis champions and everyone talks like Don Draper landing an account with Chevy. Normal workplace rules don’t apply in this weirdly mythologised space. Everything must be at the service of the story. So if that involves a male writer forcing a female writer’s head between her knees, then balancing a soda can on it while making a joke about her ability to perform oral sex, then so be it. An award-winning show might be the end result.
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