Report: Representation of Women On-Screen 2013 edition

 

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at SDSU released a study about how women fared on-screen last year. Spoiler alert: nothing has changed. Their content analysis included over 2,300 characters in top grossing films and compared these results to statistics in 2011 and 2002.protagonists

  • 15% of protagonists were female
  • Females comprised 29% of major characters
  • 30% of all speaking characters are female
  • Females are generally younger (20s-30s) than males (30s-40s)
  • 73% of all female characters were Caucasian. 14% were African American, 5% Latina, and 2% Asian.
  • Females were more likely to have an identifiable marital status, but less likely to have an identifiable occupational status.

Leaders

Exasperated yet?

  • Male characters had an identifiable goal more often than female characters
  • Males had more work related goals (75%) than life related (25%), whereas for females, the goals were more evenly split, leaning more towards life goals (48% vs. 52%).
  • More men than women were portrayed as leaders.

 

This is the state of film today, compared to two years and a decade ago. Still no perceptible changes are being made. Studios are still churning out good ol’ run of the mill sexism.

 

Original report: It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2013

A Letter to Hollywood Executives

Did you catch that only one of these studio heads is a woman? The only other woman is a co-head. There’s your statistic of inequality in Hollywood right there.

 

Original post: A Great Open Letter To Hollywood

8 Hollywood Women Who Have Called Out Industry Sexism

 

Cate Blanchett

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And thank you to… those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the center, are niche experiences. They are not — audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.

Kerry Washington kerry washington

I think it’s relevant. I think gender is relevant. I bring something to the table as a woman; I bring something to the table as a woman of color. So I feel like, if it’s the only thing you focus on, then it’s a danger, and if you never talk about it then it’s a danger.

Ellen Page

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Oh my God, yeah! It’s constant! It’s how you’re treated, it’s how you’re looked at, how you’re expected to look in a photoshoot, it’s how you’re expected to shut up and not have an opinion, it’s how you… If you’re a girl and you don’t fit the very specific vision of what a girl should be, which is always from a man’s perspective, then you’re a little bit at a loss.

Zoe Saldana

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It’s very hard being a woman in a man’s world, and I recognized it was a man’s world even when I was a kid. It’s an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against — and I’ve always been outspoken.

No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!

Olivia Wilde

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It’s really hard to get stories made that are about women — not just women being obsessed with men or supporting men. And it’s really hard to get men to be a part of films that are about women in a leading role. I’m really interested in how we can adjust that, considering that it’s all just based on demand.

Mindy Kaling

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More than half the questions I am asked are about the politics of the way I look. What it feels like to be not skinny/dark-skinned/a minority/not conventionally pretty/female/etc. It’s not very interesting to me, but I know it’s interesting to people reading an interview. Sometimes I get jealous of white male showrunners when 90 percent of their questions are about characters, story structure, creative inspiration, or, hell, even the business of getting a show on the air. Because as a result the interview of me reads like I’m interested only in talking about my outward appearance and the politics of being a minority and how I fit into Hollywood, blah blah blah. I want to shout, “Those were the only questions they asked!”

Eva Mendes

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I know how people like to believe that, but it’s a very sexist way of thinking. Nobody ever asks that when men work together in an ensemble cast. I’ve been in the business 10 years and I’ve never had a negative situation with another actress — ever.

Geena Davis

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In December 2013, the “Thelma And Louise” actress proposed a two-step plan to fix Hollywood’s woman problem: put more women in leading roles, and make sure crowds of extras are at least half female. “And there you have it,” she wrote in an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter. “You have just quickly and easily boosted the female presence in your project without changing a line of dialogue.”

 

Original post: 8 Hollywood Women Who Have Called Out Industry Sexism

Flaws Are Ok

 

 

Photoshop and perfection are lies.
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Stop Calling L’Wren Scott “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:

L’Wren Scott was found dead this morning in a New York City hotel room, in what was apparently a suicide. Clearly, this is an awful situation, and one that we’ll no doubt hear more about in due course. But in the meantime, there’s something singularly depressing about the way that Scott’s death has been reported thus far — because to the news outlets of the world, apparently the most important thing about her wasn’t her successful career as a stylist and designer, or even her name. No, it’s that she was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend.

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“I’m a Fucking Indian Woman Who Has Her Own Fucking Show”: Mindy Kaling Fires Back at “Insulting” Diversity Complaints

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:

AUSTIN, TX: When the question came, you could feel the room get just a little tense. The mood thus far had been jovial at “Running the Show: TV’s New Queen of Comedy,” a Marie Claire -sponsored panel discussion of The Mindy Project , spotlighting the show’s creator/runner/star Mindy Kaling, and the topics were fairly innocuous (her writing process, her next book, the recent Mindy/Danny cliffhanger). But when the time came to field questions from the mostly female audience, one woman posed this query: “You guys have a great, diverse set of characters, but was it a conscious decision for Mindy to be the only female doctor, and the only doctor color of show?”

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Hey TV: Stop Raping Women

Originally posted on PopWatch:

[ew_image url=" http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2014/02/27/scandal-young.jpg " credit="ABC" align="left"]They’re scenes all too familiar to any TV viewer: A woman is shoved down, she screams or sobs, her eyes grow wide and then blank as she wills herself anywhere else in the world. Lately the small screen has felt particularly thick with such moments of sexual horror, as writers have been churning out story lines in which our saints, our heroines, and our hard and cruel women too, are raped or forced to relive their nightmare of it. Try to imagine a singular abuse endured by an equivalent number of male characters. And yet it seems whenever a female character needs a juicy arc or humanizing touch, writers fall back on the easy, awful crime of rape.

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