Get the story to fuel your conversation today. The report draws attention to the striking underrepresentation of women who determine the content of news, literature, and television and film entertainment, as well as the negative portrayal of women in entertainment television and film. As a consequence, the role of women has had major societal effects, including gender inequity. In news and entertainment media, women have frequently been underrepresented with minor changes in proportions over the past decade.
The female characters often depicted in film and television cast gender stereotypes and the likelihood of women, specifically young women, to be hypersexualized in film is far more expected than men. American teenagers spend an average of 10 hours and 45 minutes absorbing media in just one day; this includes the amount of time spent watching TV, listening to music, watching movies, reading magazines and using the internet. The images women — particularly young girls — are shown inevitably affects the way they are seen by others and themselves.
It is highly unlikely for females to excel and pursue leadership in a society where that reality is rarely visible and MissRepresentation. In , the percentage increased slightly to The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that only Although women represented about half of television news positions including assistant news directors, assignment editors, executive producers, producers, news reporters, writers, anchors and assistants, women were underrepresented among news photographers, sports anchors, and sports reporters.
In radio news, women only comprise of This shows that men are not only largely in charge of the government and news in all aspects of society, but they also dominate the voices and news exposed to the broader world.
Ironically, while women represent fewer than half of several fundamental media occupations, women have outnumbered men in statistics of journalism and mass communication graduates. From to , women have consistently represented more than half of the graduates among journalism and mass communication Majors. Women are also the minority when it comes to book reviewers and the number of authors reviewed. This shows that men are primarily in control of literary culture. The representation of women in film and television also plays a major factor with the status of women.
The report also shows that women are more likely to work genres such as romantic comedy, documentary, and romantic drama.
Women are least likely to work in horror, action, and comedy genres. The report also found that films with only men playing key-behind-the-scenes roles yield comparable box office grosses with films that have comparable budgets and at least one woman in these roles.
Historically, female characters were typically younger than their male counterparts, white and more likely to have an employment status that was undefined. In the top grossing films of , , and , women represented only one-third of speaking characters for all three years. When there was at least one woman involved with directing or writing for a film, there were more female characters on screen.
Female characters were more likely to be depicted wearing sexy clothing, partially nude, and referred to as attractive in comparison to male characters. Girls and women from ages 13 to 20 had a Typically, female characters in film and television were not portrayed in leadership roles and were less likely than male characters to achieve their goals. Although some industry leaders claim films with male protagonists generate more profit, films with female protagonists have proven to be just as profitable as films featuring male protagonists, when controlling for budget.
Historically, films with male protagonists have had larger budgets and films with larger budgets generally contribute larger grosses in spite of the sex of the protagonist starring in it.
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