Gender Inequality in Mainstream Films

Today I came across post from a while back on on the New York Film Academy’s blog page discussed in detail the amount of gender inequality in mainstream Hollywood films.   the post highlighted several areas in the film industry where there is still quite a clear gender gap which were well illustrated with several statistics,  including how they are often portrayed in films in comparison to how men are portrayed, who are some of the most influential women in the film industry, and how many women occupy top positions in the film industry in comparison.

The statistics presented by the New York Film Academy’s post about how women are portrayed in comparison to how men are portrayed which were derived from the top 500 grossing films over a five year period between 2007 and 2012 were a little disheartening at first glance.  28.8% of women wore sexually revealing clothes in these films in comparison to just 7.0% of men, 26.2% of women get partially naked in these films in comparison to just 9.4% of men, the average ratio of male to female actors in these films was 2.25 to 1, and other statistics tat indicated a clear imbalance of women being portrayed in these films in comparison ro how men are portrayed.

However among these rather disheartening statistics there were also some encouraging statics about trends in the portrayal of women noticed in these films. The statistics showed that between 2007 and 2012 there was a 10.6% increase in women noticed on screen in films where a women was directing and an 8.7% increase when a female screen writer is attached and also the statistic that half of all movie tickets purchased in the U.S. were purchased by females.

Though the first set of statistics in this post seemed to disheartening about the state of gender inequality of female portrayals in the top 500 grossing films between 2007 and 2012, I do believe that this second set of statistics offers some hope to the future of gender equality in mainstream films.  Though I am aware that could possibly take quite a while before women achieve equal parity in mainstream films with men, I am hopefully we will see more females taking initiative in the film industry and ultimately challenge and bring positive changes to the gender inequality in mainstream Hollywood films these days.

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