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The X-Files came under fire this week for hiring zero female writers for season 11. Now, actress Gillian Anderson has spoken out about the show’s hiring problem.

Anderson responded to the controversy on Twitter, highlighting the fact that The X-Files also suffers from a dearth of women directors. Despite being one of the two lead actors, Anderson herself faced sexism throughout the show’s run, routinely offered a lower salary than her co-star David Duchovny.

In a similar vein, Buffy only aired four episodes by female directors during its seven-season run. It’s an important reminder that while TV shows can have a cultural impact onscreen (Scully and Buffy are both feminist icons), things are more complicated behind the scenes.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.