Just read this article: Where have all the women gone in movies? By Rebecca Keegan
Not great news. Some excerpts:
Despite the success of recent female-driven movies such as“Bridesmaids” and the “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” series, female representation in popular movies is at its lowest level in five years, according to a study being released Monday by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Among the 100 highest-grossing movies at the U.S. box office in 2012, the study reported, 28.4% of speaking characters were female. That’s a drop from 32.8% three years ago, and a number that has stayed relatively stagnant despite increased research attention to the topic and several high-profile box-office successes starring women.
When they are on-screen, 31.6% of women are shown wearing sexually revealing clothing, the highest percentage in the five years the USC researchers have been studying the issue.
For teen girls, the number who are provocatively dressed is even higher: 56.6% of teen girl characters in 2012 movies wore sexy clothes, an increase of 20% since 2009.
Full LA Times article here.
Reblogged this on Operation: Hollywood and commented:
Well, This sucks.
Well, my guess is that most of those Hollywood-made-by “Big Movies” tend to show women only as “beautiful, yet empty, vulnerable, sometimes sexual things”, and nothing else…no depth in their characters nor we can see any emotions that are driving them forward except anger and vengeance.
I remember myself watching classical Alfred Hitchcock movies like “Vertigo”, “Rope” or “Rear Window” where all female leads were at their best; they were elegant, yet strong and charismatical persons without flashing their breasts or butts…they were just intelligent without any stupid special effects or costumes…
I really want to see a movie with a truly great story and with strong performances from all the actors, not just massive CGI coupled with weak performance…but despite all that we must accept that movies like “Twilight”, for example and all the others are mainly made for younger audiences, who are just great cash-collectors for all these big movie companies out there…
So, how to ease our hunger for better movies, actors and performances? I think that we need to turn our eyes on something else that is made light years away from Hollywood. Of course, please don’t get me wrong, even Hollywood sometimes offers us something really good, but this happens rarely.