71% of Characters in Children’s Films are Male

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Men not only dominate films for the general populace, but those for families and children as well. After studying G, PG and PG-13 rated movies over a 20-year period (1990-2009), researchers at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism concluded that men comprised 71% of all speaking roles, while women only had 29%. That’s a ratio of 2.42 to 1.
The shortage of women on screen even applied to extras, of whom only 17% percent were female. The study also found female characters were far more likely to be “hypersexualized” than men, and women tended to be younger than their male counterparts.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Wanted: More Girls on Screen (by Lisa Belkin, New York Times)
Gender Disparity On Screen and Behind the Camera in Family Films; (by Stacy L. Smith and Marc Choueiti, University of Southern California) (pdf)


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