â€¢ In the 101 studied films, there are three male characters for every one female character.
â€¢ Fewer than one out of three (28 percent) of the speaking characters (both real and animated) are female.
â€¢ Fewer than one in five (17 percent) of the characters in crowd scenes are female.
â€¢ More than four out of five (83 percent) of the filmsâ€™ narrators are male.
from “Where the Girls Aren’t.”
Here’s one of those things that are so obvious that we have all forgotten about it in our rush to be post-feminist. Movies are fully dominated by men, in several different senses, even if women are increasingly powerful behind the scenes.
Gina Davis co-founded See Jane last year. “By making it common for our youngest children to see everywhere a balance of active and complex male and female characters,” Davis writes, “girls and boys will grow up to empathize with and care more about each others’ stories.”
I wonder if this sort of advocacy would have been possible if there were no women in power to listen. Or, perhaps, there will no change of this sort until there is a critical mass of women and men sympathetic to these sorts of issues. Either way, the research SeeJane sponsors is worth a look.