POSTED June 26 2016

Missing in action on the screen and behind the camera: Women

Ava DuVernay on set

Ava DuVernay on set

“When you look at American movies, it’s like something apocalyptic has happened, like a parallel universe, a man’s world.” So says Walt Hickey of fivethirtyeight.com of the skewed ratio of men to women on screen (roughly 71 to 29), ┬ásymptomatic of the ratio of men to women behind the camera (roughly 91 to 9).

As I write this, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating apparent gender bias in Hollywood, subject of a piece I wrote about today, and as Hickey implies, it’s not just an employment issue. It’s about unequal representation in the stories and dreams of America’s largest export.

One question I ask is, what would equality look like on screen?

Thoughts?



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