Blockbuster Films’ Distorted Reality: Where are the Women?
You may have already seen these disturbing infographics on gender inequality in film, courtesy of the New York Film Academy, racing around the interwebs. But I thought it was too important not to share here, too. Take a look. Get mad. And then do something about it. For example:
- Buy a ticket—on opening weekend—to films that feature female characters and films directed, written and produced by women. Money is one of the strongest arguments you can make in Hollywood; fight with your hard-earned.
- Talk—loudly, longly, on all forms of social media—about inequalities and mis-portrayals of women in blockbuster films. Films should be a conversation; hold up your end with gusto. Don’t be afraid to mention offending filmmakers by their Twitter handles.
- Point out incongruencies—to yourself, to your friends, to the kids in your life—as (or right after) you’re watching. Count the women in crowd scenes: You’ll be shocked at how the imbalances extend even to extras. Question the male-heavy world Hollywood is creating; shine a light on its weirdness.
- Support independent film, where the progress toward gender parity is faster and more publicly discussed. Attend film festivals. Go to your local independent theater. Rent and stream indies. Pony up for a female filmmaker’s Kickstarter (super indie!).
- Go for it. If you’re a woman who wants to work in film, don’t hesitate. Get going! (I’m talking to myself as much as I’m talking to you.) Write that script, buy that camera, get your community together and make something. It’s going to take all of us to reverse these misogynist trends. We need to stop blaming the media and become the media.
Courtesy of: New York Film Academy