Casting couch

The casting couch , casting-couch syndrome , or casting-couch mentality is the demanding of sexual favors by an employee or person in a position of power and authority, from an apprentice employee , or subordinate to a superior in return for an occupation for advancement within an organization . The term casting couch originated in the motion picture industry , with specific reference to layers in offices That Could be used for sexual activity entre casting directors or movie producteursand aspiring actor . [1] [2] [3] [4] It is not to be confused with the adult entertainment industry Where Such action May be a prerequisite, ALTHOUGH Many pornographic movies and pornographic websites play on the casting couch theme and allude to Similarities one May find in casting couch in film industry . quote needed ]


  1. Jump up^ ” ‘ Casting Couch’: The Origins of a Pernicious Hollywood Cliche” . The Atlantic . Retrieved 19 November 2017 .
  2. Jump up^ “In 1956, Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Talk It Did not Go Well” . Slate . Retrieved 19 November 2017 .
  3. Jump up^ “Hollywood Plagued Casting-Couch Tactics Long Before Harvey Weinstein” . Variety . Retrieved 19 November 2017 .
  4. Jump up^ “Exploring the casting couch culture of LA” . BBC . Retrieved 19 November 2017 .

See also

  • List of proven or alleged pre-Weinstein historical sexual assaults in the entertainment industry
  • Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations
  • Weinstein effect

Further reading

  • Anderson, C., & Berdahl, JL (2002). “The Experience of Power: Examining the effects of power on the approach and inhibition tendencies”. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , 83, 1362-1377.
  • Anger, Kenneth (1959). Hollywood Babylon . JJ Pauvert.
  • Bardot, Bessie & Barker, Geoff (2012). Casting Couch Confidential . Momentum.
  • Ford, Derek & Selwyn, Alan (under the pseudonym “Selwyn Ford”) (1990). The Casting Couch: Making It in Hollywood . London: Grafton. ISBN  0-586-20386-9
  • Halperin, Ian (2007). Hollywood Undercover: Revealing the Sordid Secrets of Tinseltown . Mainstream Publishing.
  • Hofler, Robert (2005). The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson . University of Minnesota Press.
  • Phillips, Julia (1995). You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again . Random House.
  • Slide, Anthony (2012). Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players, and Stand-Ins . University Press of Mississippi.
  • Thibaut, JW & Kelley, HH (1959). The Social Psychology of Groups . New York: Wiley.
  • Walker, Derek & Hutchinson, Tom (1956). “The Perils of Show Business”. Picturegoer , 14 July.

Further viewing

  • David Stenn’s documentary Girl 27 (2007) explores the political power of Hollywood movie studios in 1930s, as well as public attitudes towards sexual assault that discouraged victims of coming forward.
  • Ken Sheetz’s documentary Discover Me! (2012) features a 6-minute section entitled “Sexual Politics” where several struggling actors describe their casting-couch experiences in Hollywood.
  • Amy Berg ‘s documentary An Open Secret (2014) follows the stories of five form child actors Whose Lives Were turned upside down by multiple predators, Including the Convicted sex offenders Marc Collins-Rector , Brian Peck, Martin Weiss and Bob Villard.