Manohla Dargis ushered in the summer by asking “Is There a Real Woman in This Multiplex?” about the lack of female characters in Hollywood movies. Soon after, Patrick Goldstein reported “Film directing is still a man’s world” on the dirth of female directors, with some good insights as to why. Now comes “Thumbs Down – Representation of Women Film Critics in the Top 100 U.S. Daily Newspapers,” a study by Dr. Martha Lauzen published last week on the website of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, that quantifies what you probably suspected regarding female representation in film criticism.
Summing it all up in her last paragraph, Lauzen suggests that the whole supply chain is culpable for the gender imbalance in Hollywood:
“In short, men dominate the reviewing process of films primarily made by men featuring mostly males intended for a largely male audience. The under-employment of women film reviewers, actors, and filmmakers perpetuates the nearly seamless dialogue among men in U.S. cinema.”