Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Movie night - where are the girl characters?

From the Geena Davis Institute:
 Female characters remain a rare element in family films

A look at popular family-focused films, such as "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story," reveals that while animals and talking toys are plentiful when it comes to characters, strong female roles are not as prevalent. A recent study from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California revealed just 29.2% of characters were female in a review of 122 family films. The study was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which collects data on women in film. Studies have found that when it comes to family films, 17% of animators are female, 17% of movie narrators are female, and women account for 17% of people in crowd scenes, says Geena Davis. Newsweek (9/22)