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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:04 AM
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Gender inequality still has a starring role in Hollywood, USC study finds
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According to a survey of 2009 films, male roles far outweigh those for women, females are far more likely to be scantily dressed, and a storyteller's sex affects what's depicted on-screen.

The USC study determined that women were still far more likely than men to wear sexy clothing in movies, such as swimwear and unbuttoned shirts (25.8% versus 4.7%), to expose skin (23% versus 7.4%) and to be described by another character as attractive (10.9% versus 2.5%).

Revealing clothing and partial nudity was just as prevalent among 13- to 20-year-old female characters as it was among those 21 to 29, suggesting that females are sexualized on-screen at young ages, Smith said.

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Researchers found that the sex of the storytellers had a significant effect on what appeared on-screen. In movies directed by women, 47.7% of the characters were female; in movies directed by men, fewer than a third of the characters were female. When one or more of the screenwriters was female, 40% of characters were female; when all the screenwriters were male, 29.8% of the characters were female.


Marginalization and disenfranchisement are serious issues, and we are not making any progress.

Another bit of information shared in the article - over 50% of movie tickets were bought by women.

Perhaps women should reconsider those trips to the movies, and consider more carefully about which movies are actually worth supporting.
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