Study: Female Movie Stars’ Paychecks Decrease Rapidly After Age 34

Study: Female Movie Stars' Paychecks Decrease Rapidly After Age 34

On the hit show New Girl, Zooey Deschanel’s character Jess is finally embarking on responsible adulthood. In real life, though, the perpetually youthful Deschanel apparently stands at the precipice of irrelevance. 

That’s because Deschanel is 34, the age at which female movie stars statistically begin making rapidly diminishing sums of money, according to a new study that looked at over 250 actors who starred in movies from 1968 to 2008. That’s in stark contrast to their male counterparts, whose salaries peak at age 51. 

While twentysomething actresses out-earn their similarly aged male peers, the wage disparity between actors and actresses grows increasingly wider the older they get. The result is that a woman in front of the camera would be happy to make 75 cents on every dollar a man in front of the camera makes.  

As written up by USA Today (which offers handy infographics), the researchers only scratch at the entrenched sexism within Hollywood: 

“This is a microcosm of what happens in society,” said Timothy Judge, a management professor at the University of Notre Dame and one of the study’s lead authors, in an interview with USA TODAY Network.

“We are such an appearance-based society,” he said, offering one theory as to why this disparity exists.

Researchers suggest roles for older female actors are limited, creating more pressure on female stars to maintain a youthful appearance.

“Men’s well-worn faces are thought to convey maturity, character and experience. A woman’s face, on the other hand, is valued for appearing young,” according to the study.

But it’s not just about appearance, but about opportunities. The larger, interrelated problems (and this is really the essential truth that Women and Hollywood is based on) is that 

Because fewer women screenwriters and directors are hired or funded, there are fewer women’s stories on screen.

Because fewer women’s stories are on screen, there are fewer roles for actresses. 

Because women are not on screen or behind the camera, studios and investors think women can’t get the job done. 

Repeat cycle. 

So sure, we can all wring our hands about how American consumers are too superficial, as if there is any culture on the planet that isn’t appearance-based. Or we can let the bigwigs know this: 

In the meantime, we’ll keep telling you what films by and about women are coming up next week. 

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Comments

lulz

' Men are attracted to beauty, women are attracted to confidence/status." Nope, I am a woman and I won't go out with a man unless he is good looking. '. I'm sure even if he was good looking, if he was broke he'd only be good for a one night stand to you. Which is why you date your sybian and your cats instead. Enjoy the decline.

Kate

"Men are attracted to beauty, women are attracted to confidence/status." Nope, I am a woman and I won't go out with a man unless he is good looking.

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ManosphereRadio

Zooey has turned from a girl next door to a hit and quit. Surprised? Not really.

rivelino

"the researchers only scratch at the entrenched sexism within Hollywood"

"Because fewer women screenwriters and directors are hired or funded, there are fewer women's stories on screen."

why are most screenwriters and directors men? it must be entrenched sexism.

why are most presidents and CEOs men? it must be entrenched sexism.

why are most prisoners and homeless people men? it must be … oh wait.

Dagonet

All of these age statistics correlate to people's fertility and sexual market value. This has nothing to do with "sexism" or discrimination, but basic human biology. Women's fertility declines rapidly once they enter their 30s, and their physical appearance reflects this. Women simply do not have the same mass appeal (to either gender) after this point. They aren't lusted after by men, and women don't aspire to be like them to the same degree. However, as the study astutely notes, women are often times MORE valued than men when they are still in their sexual prime (early-mid 20s). The flip side of this is that men continue to gain value and respect as they mature through their 30s and 40s.

Again, this should be plainly clear to anyone with even a cursory understanding of human sexuality. This study predictably reflects basic truths of human biology, and you can scream and pull out your hair all you want, but your protestations will always be a pin drop compared to the tidal wave of genetic reality that silently governs us all.

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