We talk about the Republican War on Women all the time here at TPC, but did you know that the film industry has one of its own to contend with?
So much for all those “liberal Hollywood” GOP talking points.
Despite the success of recent female-driven movies such as “Bridesmaids” and the “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” series, female representation in popular movies is at its lowest level in five years, according to a study being released Monday by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Among the 100 highest-grossing movies at the U.S. box office in 2012, the study reported, 28.4% of speaking characters were female. That’s a drop from 32.8% three years ago, and a number that has stayed relatively stagnant despite increased research attention to the topic and several high-profile box-office successes starring women.
But here’s another part of the study that was disturbing:
When they are on-screen, 31.6% of women are shown wearing sexually revealing clothing, the highest percentage in the five years the USC researchers have been studying the issue.
Additionally, “56.6% of teen girl characters in 2012 movies wore sexy clothes, an increase of 20% since 2009.” Why? Because Hollywood pursues male audiences and thinks this is the way to attract them. They don’t seem to grasp that females go to the movies as often as their male counterparts.
Between this study and the even more disturbing news of increasing numbers of military rapes, aggressive anti-choice efforts by conservatives, the company selling “bleeding” gun targets at the NRA convention hawking violence against women, not to mention the ongoing issue of pay inequality… well, come on, it’s 2013 and this is where we are? Unacceptable.