Representations of women

Lucy Walker: “The problem is not just behind but in front of the camera too. We’re not getting to see the perspectives and voices that represent our population. We’re not getting depicted. In Hollywood films between 2007 and 2008, there were more than two men on screen for every woman. Fewer than 17% of films depict women in a similar ratio to real life”.
Amelia Hill (2012) Where are the women in film? The Guardian

Sarah Polley: “I feel like with young women, their bodies are constantly objectified and used in a sexual context. With older women, [their bodies are] constantly the butt of a joke. For me, the seminal scene that illustrates that is, in About Schmidt, when Kathy Bates gets into the hot tub and Jack Nicholson is horrified and the audience is supposed to scream. I remember being so deeply offended by that scene.”
Melissa Block (2012) Sarah Polley: On Love, Desire And The Female Body. NPR

Women represented only 32.8% of speaking characters in the US 100 top grossing fiction films of 2008.
Stacy L. Smith and Marc Choueiti Gender Inequality in Cinematic Content? A look at females on screen & behind the camera in top grossing 2008 films 

In the top 100 grossing films of 2008 young women women were sexualized more often than men. 39.8% of women were wearing sexually revealing attire compared to 6.7% of men and 30.1% of women were shown partially naked compared to 10.3% of men.
Stacy L. Smith and Marc Choueiti Gender Inequality in Cinematic Content? A look at females on screen & behind the camera in top grossing 2008 films 

The following statistics are from a study of the top films of 2011 – Martha M. Lauzen (2012) It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World: On-Screen Representations of Female Characters in the Top 100 Films of 2011Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

Women accounted for just 33% of all characters in the top 100 grossing films of 2011 in the USA. An increase of 5% from 2002.

Of all characters in the top 100 grossing films of 2011 in the US, only 2.64% were African American women, followed by other worldly, animal, or other women (2.64%); Latina women (1.65%); and Asian women (1.65%). In comparison, 10.05% of all characters were outer worldly, animal, or other male characters, followed by African American male (5.36%), Latino male (3.35%), and Asian male characters (2.01%).
This statistic was adapted by LFFF from Martha M. Lauzen’s research.

Only 11% of all clearly identifiable protagonists were women. 78% were men and 11% were mixed ensembles.

Men were much more likely than females to be portrayed as leaders. Overall men accounted for 86% and women 14% of leaders.

Women were younger than their male counterparts. The majority of women characters were in their 20s (27%) and 30s (28%). The majority of men characters were in their 30s (29%) and 40s (25%).

The percentage of African American women on screen has declined from 15% in 2002 to 8% in 2011.

Men were more likely than women to be identified by their occupational status. 33% of women characters had unknown occupational status versus 19% of male characters.

Women characters were more likely than male characters to be identified by their marital status. 60% of male characters had unknown marital status versus 41% of female characters.

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