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November 28, 2013 10:01 AM
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Gender Inequality in Film: In Infographic Form

Following the record-breaking opening of the female-led (although not female-directed) "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any advancements women are making in film both onscreen and behind-the-scenes-- and create an infographic based on their findings.

Aside from a handful of notable standouts in the field (Lena Dunham, Kathleen Kennedy, Ava Duvernay and Diablo Cody), the news from the NYFA isn't good (although, one recent encouraging sign: women directors outnumbered the men among the Independent Spirit Awards' Best First Feature and Best Documentary nominees. Women writers were also well represented in the Best Screenplay and Best First Screenplay -- although no woman was nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, or Best International Film). 

According to the New York Film Academy blog:

After reviewing the data, it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias. Of course, it's not all disparaging news and there are a number of female filmmakers, characters, and emerging talent challenging the status quo. In addition, in the independent sphere, women made up roughly half of the directors at this year's Sundance Film Festival, yet still struggle when it comes to films receiving a wide release. By shedding light on gender inequality in film, we hope to start a discussion about what can be done to increase women's exposure and power in big-budget films.

Check out their infographic below:
New York Film Academy
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  • Jim Rustle | December 10, 2013 12:47 PMReply


  • Guber | December 10, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    Bullshit. Men and women have the same opportunities to exel only women choose not to. That is the truth and has always been. If you are in a man's role where you work your ass off or perish, you too will learn to succeed. Quit whining "no fair". Since you are a statistics fan, how about count the number of men laboring in secondary and behind the scenes low pay functions in the film industry, ever counted that? No women only complain because they notice men higher than themselves, never even notice the countless of men working their ass off in lower positions.

  • Anthony | January 31, 2014 5:36 PM

    Guber, you obviously don't have children - or more specifically, daughters. The simple, undeniable fact is that men and women do NOT have the same opportunities to excel.

  • KKG | January 28, 2014 4:44 AM

    Guber, may be you should consider expanding your vocabulary as well as your horizons; expressions like "bullshit", 'work your ass off", "spit on your country " may not nesserarily lend you or your opinions much credibility, my dear linguistic wizzard...
    Just for your future embetterment - emphasis does not substitute for logic and calm analysis of issues in hand, you know... but all this is probably outside your intellectual comfort zone, so, enjoy your moment in the spotlight : it won't last.

  • Diana | January 10, 2014 8:39 AM


  • Joe ...well then hell | December 6, 2013 4:08 PMReply

    just sitting here not giving a crap.

  • J | January 28, 2014 3:40 AM

    Aren't you lucky, you white male you, playing the Game of Life on easy mode. Lucky Prince!!!

  • J | January 28, 2014 3:38 AM


  • Denise | December 3, 2013 7:40 PMReply

    It goes top-down, and there are more men in high-paid positions to green light films and employees. We need more gender equality in leadership in Hollywood -- which tells stories that highly affect how the rest of the country sees women. But, I am very happy to see this amount of women in film and hope the momentum continues. It's a start. And maybe, just maybe, we can open it up to more women over 40, too.

  • Guber | December 11, 2013 10:41 AM

    Bullshit, we don't need any "gender equality in leadership" -- leadership reflects the base. If you have more men laboring in supporting and entry level functions and work harder and not objectify their own sexuality to get ahead, then you have more men in leadership. That is the only healthy thing. There is nothing to "open up to women", they come to fight the fight for survival and success as anybody else or marry up, but quit complaining like little children.

  • Bree Newsome | December 3, 2013 1:23 PMReply

    There's a gender gap in film for the same exact reason there's a gender gap in math & science, music production, politics and finance: it's an old boy's network. These professions are viewed as masculine and girls are generally socialized to not pursue them. Being a director or producer is like being a boss and being a boss is considered masculine. Being a DP is largely a technical position and technology is still considered the domain of men. As a black female coming through NYU film school, I never experienced any malicious or intentional exclusion but there's a social aspect to succeeding in film just as there is in many other fields. Much depends on who you know and who you're able to connect with. When you fit in, it's easier. When you don't, it's harder. But I'm hopeful things will improve with time as gender relations improve. I've had great experiences collaborating with men and people of various backgrounds on film projects.

  • SteveJohns | December 2, 2013 9:52 PMReply

    Anything that involves making millions, doesn't care about gender.

  • RB | December 2, 2013 9:29 PMReply

    It is impossible to be completely equal in absolutely everything.
    I could complain that you have only highlighted 2 women of colour out of 9. Not only that, you haven't highlighted any Asian women at all! Does Hollywood think that the only thing Asian actors are good for are Kungfu? Should we lobby to get more Asians, Africans, Hispanics to have equal roles? And match at least one female to one male of every race and colour...Hang on...are all the different religions represented fairly? Surely in a fair movie we need a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Rastafarian, Sikh, and any others we've missed out...Oh wait...how about First Nations - Sioux, Inuit etc? Do we have enough represntation onscreen? And I forgot the Pagans and Wiccans too...we'd better have a male and a female of every race of every religion.

    Sorry for being overly flippant...Life is about human equality...not gender inequality. I live in a Muslim country, where women are beaten by their husbands because they're allowed to, and where underage girls can be forced to marry. I think that's much more terrible than 'gender inequality' in Hollywood, in one of the most egalitarian countries in the world.

  • Guber | December 11, 2013 8:01 PM

    RB, all well said, except when you start pissing on your fellow countrymen. So are you a wife beater too? Are you an aspiring wife beater? Is your dad a wife beater? And have you, your male friends and brothers and uncles been slapped by a woman? Just asking. I am totally not from your country, but I have been to some of these constantly berated countries often, and I have yet to see a man who beats a woman. The reality worldwide, including countries like India or Iran, nowhere do men perpetrate more physical violence than women. In Iran, for example, being the worst place of partner violence, 41% of men perpetrated violence and 49% of women, even for severe violence it was 17.4% by men and 14.7% by women. These countries are characteristic for women encouraging violent behavior by men.[1] So, before your spit on your country or your countrymen, get yourself informed and don't repeat the stereotypes you read in some biased "statistics" like the one we're looking at on this web site.

    Don't fall for any of this victim whining bullshit man. It is all a lie, all fabricated nonsense just like this statistics here. Always biased disregarding half of the full picture to make the numbers fit the self-centered women's narrative.

    [1] Murray A. Straus. Assaults By Women On Male Partners In Male Dominant Nations: Preliminary Tests Of An Explanatory Theory. http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/ID71doc30%20Violence%20By%20Women%20in%20Male-Dominant%20Nations.pdf

  • Joe | December 6, 2013 4:12 PM

    Well said. I live in the US and i am disgusted by the constant socio-political BS when there are so much more pressing matters in the world.

  • A Woman | December 5, 2013 1:09 AM

    so we are lucky to not have to be beaten and forced into marriage in our youth, so shut up?
    Is that what you are saying?

  • Lore Krajsman | December 3, 2013 7:30 AM

    You act as if it's one or the other, as if white males are somehow the neutral solution. They aren't.

    Yes there should be more racial, religous and sexual diversity in the movies, just like there should be more women in the movies.

    It's long time that we stop thinking that straight white men are the norm, that we stop thinking that as long as there's one women, or one none white person, that we're being diverse. Because that kind of thinking is wrong.

    Isn't it long since time that male movie makers realize that it isn't 'the nerd, the hero, the sidekick, the girl, ... " that instead the nerd, the hero or the sidekick can be women as well. That being female is not a personality trait.

    When women make up half the world population, then, it should not be all that out of the ordinary to have them make out half the speaking characters with a role of importance as well. Isn't it long past time that we get over the Smurfette system and show that women are just as much a part of the world, as men are?

  • @MatchesMalone | December 2, 2013 11:01 AMReply

    You do of course realize that the same infographic from 30 years ago would tell a drastically different story, don't you?

    There are actually a lot of positives in it, and framing your story in order to get more women to enroll in your academy does all women a disservice.

  • Evilpoptart | December 2, 2013 10:00 AMReply

    You forgot to do the ratio of how many women die in film versus men. I'll save you the googling it's 200 men for every 1 woman.

  • J | January 28, 2014 3:44 AM

    200 men out of 300 character roles
    1 woman out of 300 character roles
    Think about what's the 'normal' statistic before you make these statements. Of course if there are more men-central stories onscreen then more men will die... You kill off less women because there are less women onscreen.

  • This is Dumb | December 2, 2013 3:50 AMReply

    Top-Paid Male Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum, Hugh Jackman. Notice something about these "hunky" and "buff" men? Its women who shell out money by the hundreds of millions at the box office to watch a moron like Channing Tatum strut around shirtless! If you're looking to play the blame game, blame the consumers who dictate who is getting paid to be on the big screen! Acting like men are responsible for market demand... People don't understand why actors are cast, its all a business.

  • Mike Shields II | December 2, 2013 11:02 AM

    That's not true. I understand. Of course, I'm in the business, which is not to be confused with, the industry.

  • ZXM | December 1, 2013 3:54 PMReply

    One thing these infographics don't take into account is WHY most filmmakers are men. Ever been to a film school, or seen the film studies program at a university? It's mostly men, because that's who applies. It's unfortunate, but it's true. I'd LOVE to see more women filmmakers, especially producers and directors. Women writers are definitely increasing, but if you look at the majority of schools the women just aren't there. So of course we get a lot of white male protagonists in movies, because you write what you know; if you're a white male, it's far more difficult to write about, say, a gay woman of color than it is to write about a white guy. It's the same complaint as the video game industry always using white men as their protagonists: Most game designers are, you guessed it, white men.

    If you want more women in leading roles, encourage more women to get into the industry. It's as simple as that. Right now, they just aren't there. It has nothing to do with misogyny either; film schools are businesses first and foremost, and will accept anyone who pays their tuition as long as they can prove at least some minor modicum of talent. I do want to see more women in cinema, but that won't happen until more women make films.

  • Shannon | December 2, 2013 10:44 PM

    Bull Shit.
    I applied to film school, got in graduate the top of my class, but couldn't get into Grad School, because I can't get work experience because I haven't been to Grad School.

    I apply for jobs I am qualified for and don't get them, and yet MEN who graduated with me, didn't even try to go to a graduate program already have industry jobs. Men who had worse grades and less work ethic and talent than me.

    I've applied for 1000's of jobs so don't tell me there is no gender bias in finding work or funding for projects.

  • Paula | December 1, 2013 6:50 PM

    Did you never stop to think why there might be more men in film school? Did it occur to you that there might be factors strongly discouraging women and minorities from even applying?

    It seems that you're all for more women filmmakers--until it involves your doing something to ensure that there are more women filmmakers. Apparently, women are just supposed to magically overcome all the factors preventing us from getting into filmmaking all on our own, even though we're not the ones who created those factors or benefit from them.

  • Mass | December 1, 2013 5:51 AMReply

    Now wait a minute. Film is supposed to reflect the FILMMAKERS perspective on life, correct? Then why is it that when there is a film that depicts women nude, or a film that features the male having more speaking parts, why is it that this new age hipster-cry baby- 'everyone must be equal'- holier than thou- crowd wastes large segments of their life complaining about it?

    If there are more male directors than female- which by all accounts there is according to this pointless waste of life info-graphic- then wouldn't it be totally obvious that there would be a significant difference in female and male speaking parts? Men mostly see the world differently than women, and vice versa. We take in life differently. As a guy, I can easily admit that when I see men and women at a pool party, I tend to divert my eyes toward the hot girl bending over by the pool side. So what? Sue me. Sure, there definitely should be more female directors in the medium, but who's to blame for that if not females themselves? Sure, there is perhaps a bias. But if someone's good they are good, and their work should show that- one would think. Good work gets noticed. Again, one would think.

  • A Woman | December 5, 2013 1:21 AM

    One would think, eh.... you would think.
    I would think too, it is 2013. But these numbers are statistical proof that there are many factors that end up contributing to this perpetuated stereotype.
    Too bad you'd rather think it is the fault of women rather than an unconscious misogyny as well as complete insecurity to keep bullying to keep others who could be a threat to you -down. Too bad you rather think that there are not enough 'good' women making films instead of questioning all the bad men that get a budget and support, and they exist. Must be nice to live life inside your bubble, and as long as you stay 'unconsciously' chauvinistic you get to keep your bubble going instead of evolving by empathizing with the oppressive structures that keep women on the lower-side of statistics and then blaming them.

  • A Man | November 30, 2013 10:41 PMReply

    The amount of misogynistic, self-righteous, arrogant man-child ignorance in these comments is absolutely appalling. I am so disgusted right now.

  • Guber | December 11, 2013 8:14 PM

    Hey white knight. Misogynistic? Not pandering to the man blaming egocentric bullshit is not misogynistic. No man hates women. That whole notion of misogyny too is a total figment of these jealous man-hating whiners who never take responsibility for their own choices when they can spin a tale of victimhood which clueless self-loathing white knights like you are lapping up. Do you get reward for blaming your own gender for stuff that's not even real? Do you know any man who actually hates women? Do you hate women? Projection perhaps? Look, don't mistake your feeling of frustration for unrequited white-knight heroism for hate. You don't hate women either, no man hates women.

    But any man worth his salt will at some point wake up to the constantly droning bullshit by ungrateful women who have their daddy or other men via taxes pay and pamper their way through "gender-study" oriented film-criticism class to then mangle numbers until they show the tale of female victimhood. Angry, yes! Despising the dishonest whining article and all those who whine with it? Yes. Being utterly disinterested in pandering to such egocentric womenfolk? Yes. But none of it has to do with hate of women.

  • A woman | December 2, 2013 12:50 PM

    Glad to see someone is enlightened.

  • mass | December 1, 2013 5:50 AM

    Hey. Look everyone. I found one of those hipster guys that try to seem morally superior to everyone. Yay!

  • Max | November 30, 2013 9:00 PMReply

    When i go out, in clubs, pubs, offices etc, i always see a higher percentage of men. I think it's normal to see the same in a movie. Regarding the percentage of naked women, i think that the problem is different: is more about making money that sexism.

  • Guber | December 11, 2013 8:22 PM

    Max, trust your instincts. What do the clubs tell you? Who's dressed in tight skimpy clothes? Women. Who forced them in to those clothes? Nobody! Do you hear it? Nobody! They chose to wear these because sexual attraction gives a woman immense power over all those men. Women objectify their own sexuality as a means to exploit the men's appreciation and love for women.

    Wake up, the entire feminist narrative is built on lies and nothing but lies. Misogyny does not exist. Sexism: the biggest exploiters of it are women themselves. Objectifying themselves. Objectifying men for hitching a ride on the way up. Women don't stick around and persist in hard work, especially not in film. Those who are less pretty know how it feels, but they direct their hate and jealousy for the easy success of the pretty girls at men. Women never notice men below their status, only those above. This is why they are so unhappy and hateful to men who have succeeded blabbering about male privilege when it is them who are trying to exploit female privilege. It's all projection by them.

    Wake up to the nonsense, open your eyes and see. Congratulation, you are almost there.

  • Shoot the Critic | November 30, 2013 8:55 PMReply

    How about Nicole Holofcenter, Lynn Shelton, Dee Rees, Brit Marling, and Gina Prince-Blythewood? That's just in the States. In Argentina, some of the most popular directors are women.

  • Kat | November 30, 2013 4:57 PMReply

    How shocking. Another feminist bitching about an industry most people have been fine with for decades.

    Instead of expecting everyone else to do the work for you, why not create a movie to combat these trends you hate so much yourself? Oh right, because it wouldn't make any money.

  • whatever | December 10, 2013 1:41 AM

    I don't know, Melissa McCarthy isn't eye candy and she gets a lead role. So. I don't think one of the "only" ways to make it as a woman in the film industry is to be eye candy, I think it's just the "easiest" way, and that doesn't apply for guys as well? You're saying Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, James Dean, Arnold Schwarznegger (in his heyday), Marlon Brando, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Kellan Lutz, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jude Law, Will Smith, Antonio Banderas, Matthew McConaughey, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger, Keanu Reeves, Josh Duhamel, etc. weren't eye candy? Okay.

  • mass | December 1, 2013 5:48 AM


    Oh shut-up. Movies that appeal to a wide range of females with female protagonists like Twilight, and the Hunger Games wouldn't exist without this taboo you call "sex appeal". Like the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey.

  • MEOW | November 30, 2013 8:33 PM

    First of all, this isn't bitching. It's statistics.
    Second - nowhere does it say women want someone to do the work for them. How you took that out of the article is beyond me.
    Third - Women do try and make movies to combat these trends and you're right, they don't get much funding or get much attention because the majority of Oscar voters, some of the people who influence mainstream film most often, are MEN. Or did you miss that too? Women's films do better in film festivals where it's actually about film quality, not what the box office takes in. Of course women aren't going to make money if it's a boy's club. If it was a woman's club, men probably wouldn't make money and you'd hear men complaining too.

    Finally - no one is asking for 50/50. It'd be boring if every movie we watched had the exact same ratio of men to women, blah blah blah. We get that as women. But the way things are is ridiculously skewed - the numbers themselves show that women's options are limited unreasonably and that one of the only options for a woman to make big box office money, is to be eye candy. If you don't think limiting half the population to using sex appeal as one of the few sure ways to get success in an industry is wrong on principal...well I'm just sorry for you and the people who have to deal with that attitude you have. It's unfortunate. People need to be aware of it so we can start being more fair to talented women in the entertainment industry.

  • Idiot | November 30, 2013 4:54 PMReply

    There are more men who pursue a career in Hollywood than women which is why these statistics are the way they are. Of course, I'm an Idiot, and I fail to see how men making films about men and only looking to reward/hire/work with other men who make films about men is a widespread cultural problem in and of itself.

  • Santi | November 30, 2013 10:40 PM

    Its emblematic of a cultural problem, Idiot.

  • D.John | November 30, 2013 1:50 PMReply

    This is ridiculous. Get over yourself

  • Jerry | November 30, 2013 9:53 AMReply

    It's gonna be hard to write good movies in the future when you have to make sure everything is 50/50 all the time.

  • Kat | November 30, 2013 5:00 PM

    Jerry, I 100% agree with you. If this idiotic rant was followed, movies would lose all entertainment value and be generic, calculated pieces of garbage. Feminists are honestly the dumbest group of animals on the planet.

    I think I'll keep watching movies the way they are, thanks.

  • Michael | November 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    Why? When the world is actually close to that? Shouldn't art depict life?


  • GailyGail | November 30, 2013 3:15 AMReply

    Good Heavens! Isn't it true that art depicts life? Well, it's been a man's world for as long as humans have been existence. So,... there you go.

  • David | November 30, 2013 2:41 AMReply

    The only thing that matters is talent

  • CHRIS | December 1, 2013 9:59 AM

    Preach. Thank God someone said it.

  • Katy | November 30, 2013 2:05 AMReply

    Oh yes, because everything needs to be exactly 50/50, right? This is stupid and childish.

  • Katy | November 30, 2013 4:35 PM

    Michael, not everything has to be exactly 50/50 it's an illogical goal.

  • Michael | November 30, 2013 12:20 PM

    Shouldn't it though? When the world is actually close to that? Shouldn't art depict life?


  • Lever | November 30, 2013 2:00 AMReply

    Half the viewing audience is female. Obviously they want to see what's on the big screen, I don't see the problem here.

  • Goldman G0ldstein | November 29, 2013 11:25 PMReply

    Oh, but the gender income inequality favoring women in the porn or fashion industry will not be mentioned here right?

  • J | January 28, 2014 3:53 AM

    Kat, looks like you need to look up the actual definition of feminism before you spout out disgusting unethical statements that you should be ashamed of even thinking.

    Sure, life is good for you. If someone even suggests that the veneer has cracks in the foundation, it could threaten your perfect privileged life? We are all so jealous of your perfect world, tailor-made just for you. GOD FORBID anybody even tries to touch it, just so it can stay perfect for you.

  • A Woman | December 5, 2013 1:26 AM

    Porn and fashion are exactly the outlets that perpetuate the myths that women are nothing but something to be objectified, ornamented, and desired. They are exactly why people unconsciously think that women have no subjectivity, a subjectivity that can vision and desires themselves. It is the most exploitative use of gender binaries, and those women are used to make sure other women will be thought of in the exact same objectified way. The dirty money of porn usually comes off the back of addiction, family issues, abuse, and other horrible things. Get your facts right before you think that 'porn' is the way out!

  • Fuck You | December 1, 2013 10:41 PM

    @YOU'RE AN IDIOT I could not agree more with your post....let's just ignore the ignorant people and wait for them to die off....Because some random porn girl who you don't know her name and can work from 18 to maybe 24 has just as much social respect as say Brad Pitt....riiiiigggghhhtt........

  • Kat | November 30, 2013 5:03 PM

    @YOU'RE AN IDIOT, just because GOLDMAN GOLDSTEIN found an example of when women have the upper hand, its automatically something that objectifies women?

    Last I checked, female porn stars were not forced into doing anything. They chose that career.

    But as usual, feminists always want women to be portrayed as the victims. *sigh* how backwards and illogical feminists are.

  • Idiot | November 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    I agree. It's okay for women to get paid more in porn than men but no one complains. Of course, I'm an Idiot, so I fail to realize that the producers, directors, studio executives, and distributors aka the people who make the real money off of porn are almost exclusively men and that porn actresses are only paid more because they are engaging in an activity that patriarchy has deemed them best suited for (sex).

  • You're an idiot | November 30, 2013 3:43 PM

    Porn and fashion are industries not taken seriously, and are used to objectify women. Neither of those industries are respected; women's fashion magazines rarely ever win magazine awards while men's fashion magazines do, despite covering the same amount of material. Furthermore, do you actually know a thing about the inequality in those inustries?

    If you don't think the portrayal of women in movies needs to change, and it changes by hiring more women in the film industry, you are not only sexist but idiotic. I pity your unobservant stupidity. You're the kind of human that history will look back on and scorn. You further nothing but bigotry.

  • You're an idiot | November 30, 2013 3:43 PM

    Porn and fashion are industries not taken seriously, and are used to objectify women. Neither of those industries are respected; women's fashion magazines rarely ever win magazine awards while men's fashion magazines do, despite covering the same amount of material. Furthermore, do you actually know a thing about the inequality in those inustries?

    If you don't think the portrayal of women in movies needs to change, and it changes by hiring more women in the film industry, you are not only sexist but idiotic. I pity your unobservant stupidity. You're the kind of human that history will look back on and scorn. You further nothing but bigotry.

  • You're an idiot | November 30, 2013 3:43 PM

    Porn and fashion are industries not taken seriously, and are used to objectify women. Neither of those industries are respected; women's fashion magazines rarely ever win magazine awards while men's fashion magazines do, despite covering the same amount of material. Furthermore, do you actually know a thing about the inequality in those inustries?

    If you don't think the portrayal of women in movies needs to change, and it changes by hiring more women in the film industry, you are not only sexist but idiotic. I pity your unobservant stupidity. You're the kind of human that history will look back on and scorn. You further nothing but bigotry.

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  • John | November 29, 2013 5:42 PMReply

    Pretty sure Megan Ellison needs to be somewhere at the top of this list.

  • Kylie | November 29, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    Alex, if you believe that the Western world is a meritocracy in which men "just do better things", I would encourage you to read the "lowest difficulty setting" post. Straight white male is the best hand you can get dealt.

  • GEOFF | December 2, 2013 1:10 PM

    I recommend you read this response to, as Katy so rightly put it, such an idiotic and generalizing blog post:


  • nick | November 30, 2013 2:20 PM

    The "lowest difficulty setting" is actually well thought out, well reasoned , and if you take the time, easily observable in the world around you. Excellent on-topic post.

  • Katy | November 30, 2013 2:14 AM

    This is idiotic and generalizing. You should be ashamed of yourself for posting (and possibly believing) such tripe.

  • Joe | November 29, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nausica%C3%A4_of_the_Valley_of_the_Wind) has arguably THE strongest leading female of any movie. Unlike Merida from Brave, Nausicaä does not have the typical Disney "Princess complex", rebellious against tradition. Instead Nausicaä and her town is struggling to survive, and she will do anything to protect them, but also has intense curiosity about her world. Strong leading girls are also evident in Hayao Miyazaki's other works "My Neighbor Totoro", "Princess Mononoke", and the Oscar Winning "Spirited Away". Females also play a key part in "Porco Rosso", where the protagonist is a male, pig that is (a cursed man), but the 2 females are the ones who control most of the action. Another great writer is Rumiko Takahashi, most of her stories involve ladies as the central character, but the two above are not the only one from Japan who feature women and girls prominently.

  • dan | November 30, 2013 9:10 AM

    I work at a top bulge bracket investment bank and we are essentially forced to hire minorities and females. Last summer we had a white male intern that we had to let go because we were told we needed to hire the less qualified black female intern. It is sad we live in a society where the best and brightest are not rewarded. Even worse, a feminist would probably find this to be a good thing. Having "white male" on the top of your resume is the worst title you can have.

  • Decca | November 29, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    Women in Hollywood are doing it wrong. All the movies they make are about their emotional travails. If we're going to beat the misogynistic suits that rule the industry, why not show them that we can make gender neutral, exciting, dare I say blockbuster-worthy movies that don't just pay attention to the dating problems and romantic hang-ups we're so familiar with. Make it appealing to men and women. This is why Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling and all those girls are just laughable, because it's all about them. Maybe that's why we just haven't nabbed the crown yet. We're not thinking enough about what people want to see. We're just thinking about ourselves.

  • This fucking World | December 1, 2013 11:08 PM

    Females may make up half the audience...but maybe that is because we like the act of going to the movies; being in a theater, with our friends or on a date! The movies available in "the big screen" DO misrepresent women, THAT is the problem. Women are numb to it, we can't complain about it or we are angry feminists! Lena Dunham did an excellent job at clearing up some male confusion...too bad men don't want even try to understand female conversations as see them merely as "dating problems" when really much of the show I believe was about "female problems"

  • Paula | December 1, 2013 6:57 PM

    Well, we women could make more films in which we kick ass, take down names, and make men our sex slaves, but it's funny how many male-dominated studios don't like that stuff. One might even say that stories where women are dominant the way men usually are scare them.

    Women filmmakers tend to make movies about romance and feelings and relationships because that's pretty much all they can get greenlit. I mean, look at the above-referenced "Hunger Games." Is it really about a love triangle between Katniss and two boys? Nope. But guess what got played up, especially in the trailers?

  • spongekill | November 29, 2013 10:57 PM

    If women don't like the movies that are coming out, why are they half of the audience....?

  • ahf | November 29, 2013 6:45 PM

    Sooo, instead we should all think about what men want to see? According to this survey, women make up half the movie-going audience. Shouldn't half the movies appeal to what interests them?

  • Aida | November 29, 2013 10:58 AMReply

    Tradition is always difficult to break; additionally, the narratives being made to film are mostly taken or adapted from published literature which are mostly male-centric. Unless writers themselves deviate and actually produce original stories, we are still bound to see the prevalence of male roles.

  • Alex | November 29, 2013 9:33 AMReply

    Heck, and just pointing out as if it were a flaw that The Hunger Games isn't directed by a woman is in itself sexist and sad.

  • Woman | November 28, 2013 8:45 PMReply

    So tired of these inequality posts - not that they aren't correct, but definitely negatively biased. It points to a certain type of film (Hollywood) but appears to be speaking general. Also, when suggesting talented women actors/filmmakers in film, it always brings up the typical (sometimes incredibly banal) figures. Are the people making theses lists willfully ignorant to sell a point or do they actually care? My guess is linkbait (massive logo at the top).

    Athina Rachel Tsengari, Kate Sheil, Lindsay Burdge, Adele Exarchopoulos, Aggeliki Papoulia, Ariane Labed, Chloe Sevigny, Josephine Decker, Melanie Laurent, etc.

    Quality over quantity. Stop looking at the mainstream if you actually care about film. Society is the blame for inequality in top grossing films, not cinema.

  • Guber | December 10, 2013 1:00 PM

    You are a gem too, Woman. Thanks. One more thing though: these statistics are not correct. They are entirely fabricated. They do not say anything other than how many red and yellow flowers are in the field. They imply truths which the statistics do not bear out. It's an emotional appeal to female jealousy and victim whining. I am glad you see through it. And I wish you the best in your life of self-responsibility and mutual respect for the people around you. The world would be a dark place without women like you.

  • Idiot | November 30, 2013 5:01 PM

    I agree. We should focus on the indie female directors who tour the film festivals and not the mainstream Hollywood sphere. Of course, I'm an idiot, so I fail to realize that life is not about either/or and that we can praise the indie female directors while working on fixing their place within the mainstream at the same time.

  • Damien Fox | November 28, 2013 6:57 PMReply

    Marissa and Ronnie D are correct- Men versus women in acting or pursuing a career in acting is actually essentially the same as depicted, any drama class or acting school is anywhere from 2 to 1 even up to 4 or 5 to 1.

    Unfortunately in relation to the amount of clothing women vs men are portrayed in- a) we as a society have driven home the idea that sex sells, and b) a huge stink is always made when men are depicted with less clothing.

    I think the biggest example of this is how much outcry there was at 300, calling it a gratuitous beefcake movie among other things, and the more noise is made, the less is done.

    If we want to reduce the number of instances women are portrayed as sexually appealing in very little clothing, then maybe more outcry is needed on top of everything else. At least I hope that's the case.

  • Marissa | November 28, 2013 4:15 PMReply

    Until you look at the amount of men vs women who actually PURSUE any of these jobs, then this demographic holds no weight. Other statistics were off too. For example, in 2013 RDJ had the biggest income because Iron Man 3 came out, which was a huge success. (Not because he's male, but because people just love superheroes. Angelina Jolie on the other hand had a $33 million income and she didn't even have any movies come out that year. That was her income for being in Maleficent, which won't come out until 2014.

  • Guber | December 10, 2013 12:44 PM

    Marissa, thank you for sharing your common sense here. You are right and a true gem in a see of nonsense victim whining. They will respond to you with shaming, because that is all they can do. Stand tight. You are not alone.

  • Katy | November 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    Not really, it depends on the budget/demand. I bet Aquaman would get less than Wonder Woman.

  • Katy | November 30, 2013 2:17 AM

    You clearly don't know how pay works in this industry do you?

  • Luna Sirena | November 28, 2013 6:57 PM

    OK, let's see how much whoever plays Wonder Woman makes. Guaranteed to be way lower than a male superhero. So sad.

  • Ronnie D. | November 28, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    More men seek out careers in film, thus it makes sense that there are more men WORKING in film; just check out any film school and the ratios will be pretty close to the ones depicted in these charts.

  • Guber | December 10, 2013 12:50 PM

    You are right, Ronnie. Thank you. You see, those people who attack you judge from their subjective view, from film school, university, stuff like that. But there is a huge difference between wasting money in university for having "aspirations" and actually pursuing your aspirations and doing the hard work.

    MJ Brewer also points to the reason why female heroines are earning less, their career entrance is more shallow because they objectify their own sexuality for fast and easy gains.

    Finally, this same female privilege is the reason for there being less lead actresses in film: you really only need one heroine or damsel in distress to captivate the audience while 3 or more men will jump through fire and murder each other over her and 10 or 100 stuntmen get blasted in special effects explosions. Female privilege vs. male disposeability, and those men who do survive and make it have exceptional qualities which the self-objectifying pretty girls never need to develop let alone subject themselves under the same harsh selection.

  • mimi | November 28, 2013 7:59 PM

    In my university, and amongst people I know, a little more than half are female and they all want to make career in film. However I like to think it's a generation issue and that it will be solve in a few year... hey I'm a dreamer. However a film must have a better representation... half the population are female and we always get only 1 or 2 main female every film. Right now Tv series got more strong female character even animation have more interesting female just like in Adventure time, steven universe, bee and puppycat.

  • Xtina Vangroovy | November 28, 2013 6:55 PM

    That is simply not true....and that belief is a part of the problem. I went to film school in NY for my undergrad. Now pursuing an MFA in Film Production in Vancouver. The ratio is equal, if not slightly more women. The jobs just aren't there for us, especially directors. (Don't even get me started on actors and roles available for women!) More of the cronies from the boy's club need to die off. Things are slowly improving, but there's a long way to go.

  • MJ Brewer | November 28, 2013 4:13 PM

    Your point is credible in the event of more men having an interest in the film industry than women. In my school the ratio is overwhelming in the sense that men are enrolled more often than women. For a class of 26 total, there are generally three women opposed to twenty-three men, fluctuating by two in any given class. When there are less enrolled, it makes sense there will be less success for women.

    In the working world, in general, women are often times mistaken to sleeping their way to the top, instead of working their butts off twice as hard, which is invariably the case for success. In production where the key role is not one you can "sleep up to" the journey is more complex and women need to be aware of that before they invest their time and money. It takes a go-getter with a no-quit attitude willing to show the sacrifice and constant drive to make it happen. It's what divides the wishers from the doers, and the ones willing to ride coattails instead of burning their own path. Successful women earn their rights in this industry.

  • Holly | November 28, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    This is beautifully done! I would also be interested to see the breakdown in terms of age-- as in, the number of acting/speaking roles for men over 60 years old vs. the number of roles for women over 60.
    Thanks for this.

  • Guber | December 10, 2013 12:56 PM

    Alex, don't let yourself be gas-lighted. You are exactly right. You can even see the very effect that these retarded gals whining out of their university don't see: real life is not university where daddy pays to get some useless degree. Making it in the film industry is a cut-throat business and you need to have dedication and for one who makes it 100s will be weeded out. The fake statistics whining above never bothered to count the career track, men in low paying jobs, all that. It's so obvious like all of feminism, it's all a bullshit by self-centered whiners who don't have the guts to fend for themselves because they don't need to. A woman can always use her pussy privilege and objectify her own sexuality to get ahead (and then turn around and cry "no fair") They always complain and never accomplish. See through it, walk past. Just get this feminist bullshit out of your own brain and help brothers to clear it out of theirs.

  • Kylie | November 29, 2013 3:58 PM

    Alex, if you believe that the Western world is a meritocracy in which men "just do better things", I would encourage you to read the "lowest difficulty setting" post. Straight white male is the best hand you can get dealt.

  • Alex | November 29, 2013 9:32 AM

    Maybe, just maybe, in Mimi's university there are more women but they simply haven't been as good? I don't give a damn about them being women or men, I want to like the product, and if I end up liking more things made by men, that is that. If I like something by a woman that is that. I am not gonna support women for being less present, I believe in humans and difference of output and preferring some output of a specific person over another.

    This is like fighting war with war. Sexism with sexism, things just get worse. I love oblivious women to this that don't care if they have to work harder, some individual men have to work harder for whatever condition they might be in, the important thing is that each can get to the best and stop generalizing "hardships" instead of focusing on the output and stop focusing on how others have it easier. Those people, men or women, aren't as likely to succeed.

    Now, when apart from output, there's abuse, that has to be condemned, but that doesn't take away from the fact that if I am forced to see at the gender where the things I like most come from, I'll have to say its from men when it comes to the arts and I shouldn't be ashamed of my likings just because convenient "male hollywood" might want to pollute me with this or that, or feminist groups might want to pollute me with that or this.