December 4, 2011
Sexually Exploited Female Movie Stars?
In this era of supposed female equality, it is surprising to find that sometimes the old clichés are true -- for instance, "the more things change, the more they stay the same." A new study by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California examined the top 100 grossing movies of 2009 and found that Hollywood movies "marginalize and sexualize" women as much as ever. One of the study's authors said, "There are about 4,300 characters across 100 films per year, and under a third are female. There's a remarkable stability. It becomes normative without some content creators even thinking about it. It's a status quo." The marginalizing is very surprising when women have made such strides in educational attainment, in sports, in medical and legal careers, and in breaking the glass ceiling in terms of salaries and opportunities across the board. Yet, the Annenberg study reveals that in movies, men have over twice as many speaking roles as women...(Read Full Article)