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Study: G-Rated Hits Favor Male Characters
Iwon.com ^ | Feb 9, 2006 9:44 AM (ET) | DAVID GERMAIN

Posted on 02/09/2006 7:21:15 AM PST by ibheath

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Feb 9, 9:44 AM (ET)

By DAVID GERMAIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Male characters outnumbered females 3-to-1 overall in top-grossing G-rated films from 1990 to 2004, according to a study whose sponsors say the disparity diminishes the importance of women in children's eyes.

"We're showing kids a world that's very scantly populated with women and female characters," said actress Geena Davis, founder of See Jane, a program of the advocacy group Dads & Daughters that encourages balanced gender representation in entertainment for children.

In the 101 animated and live-action films examined, 28 percent of speaking characters were female, and just 17 percent of people in crowd scenes were female, researchers found in the study released Thursday by See Jane.

"It's important for what kids watch that as far as possible, they see the real world reflected, to see men and women, boys and girls, sharing the space," said Davis, co-star of the female-empowerment film "Thelma & Louise" and star of TV's "Commander in Chief" in which she plays the U.S. president. "They should see female characters taking up half the planet, which we do."

Davis and others involved with the study - titled "Where the Girls Aren't" - planned to discuss the findings at a forum Thursday night in Los Angeles. They said they hope to use the research to push Hollywood toward giving female characters equal time on screen and encourage parents to vote with their wallets by choosing films offering balanced gender representation.

Spokesmen at Disney, which had the biggest share of films in the study, Paramount and Universal said studio executives declined to comment.

The results came as little surprise to researchers. Studies have found similar imbalances between male and female roles in films for adults and on TV shows, and anyone who channel-surfs or goes to the movies regularly knows anecdotally that men dominate the screen.

"There seems to be nothing new under the sun here," said Stacy Smith, associate professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication, who oversaw the study. "The only thing different is it's G-rated films."

(G-rated means: General audiences. All ages admitted.)

Of the 101 films, 71 percent were animated or partly animated features. Among the films studied: "Finding Nemo,""The Lion King,""Monsters, Inc.,""Chicken Run,""The Princess Diaries,""Babe,""The Santa Clause 2" and "Toy Story."

Joe Kelly, co-founder of Dads & Daughters, said as much as he loves "Toy Story," the study made him think about the movie differently. The movie has a positive message about two characters - Tom Hanks' Woody and Tim Allen's Buzz Lightyear - overcoming their differences and working together, but it does have a flaw, Kelly said.

"It wasn't until the study that I went back and realized there's only one toy that's a female character, and it's Bo-Peep. She's standing at the window going, 'Oh, Woody, don't hurt yourself,'" Kelly said. "Not that I want 'Toy Story' to be changed. I don't think there should be any sort of gender formula. But there are other movies to be made with powerful messages featuring female characters."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disney; feminism; geenadavis; gender; grated; hollywood; kids; movies
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Wonder if they will apply the same formula to the homosexual characters, Christians, etc....You know, by accurate ratios. 2-3% homosexuals on TV and movies, 90% Chrisitans....

No, that would be silly, huh?

1 posted on 02/09/2006 7:21:19 AM PST by ibheath
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Chrisitians=Christians---oops


2 posted on 02/09/2006 7:21:57 AM PST by ibheath (Born again and grateful to God.)
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"We're showing kids a world that's very scantly populated with women and female characters," said actress Geena Davis, founder of See Jane, a program of the advocacy group Dads & Daughters that encourages balanced gender representation in entertainment for children.

Or for crying out freaking loud. This is a joke, right? Right?

3 posted on 02/09/2006 7:22:58 AM PST by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings............Modesty hides my thighs in her wings......)
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You know, these guys have a point. We need more harem anime for our kids.


4 posted on 02/09/2006 7:25:20 AM PST by TOWER
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My 14 year old daughter can't stand Hillary Duff.


5 posted on 02/09/2006 7:26:04 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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We're showing kids a world that's very scantly populated with women and female characters

Shut up, for goodness sake, leave the Disney mobies out of it. There are many more important things to whine about!!!
7 posted on 02/09/2006 7:30:06 AM PST by edgrimly78
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Its because Hollywood thinks women are only good for cleavage shots. G-rated formats leave them scratching their heads: "no breasts? then replace her with a male lead"


8 posted on 02/09/2006 7:30:07 AM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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"It wasn't until the study that I went back and realized there's only one toy that's a female character, and it's Bo-Peep. She's standing at the window going, 'Oh, Woody, don't hurt yourself,'" Kelly said. "Not that I want 'Toy Story' to be changed. I don't think there should be any sort of gender formula. But there are other movies to be made with powerful messages featuring female characters."

The fact that Bo Peep was even in the movie is suspect due to the fact that this was a boy's room and toys. I have a daughter and she doesn't have any cowboy or space man toys. Maybe I should force her to play with her brothers toys and vice verse.

There may have been a Mrs. Potato head in the movie too but this persons argument would really be about the state of toys in America and a boys bedroom.

9 posted on 02/09/2006 7:34:00 AM PST by normy (Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.)
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Aw Jeez! Not this ....again!!!


10 posted on 02/09/2006 7:34:40 AM PST by Scarchin (www.classdismissedblog.com.)
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11 posted on 02/09/2006 7:38:53 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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Yes, we definitely need more "quality films" with women in positive role models, such as "Thelma & Louise".


12 posted on 02/09/2006 7:42:24 AM PST by Nevadan
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It's important for what kids watch that as far as possible, they see the real world reflected

The "real world" has never had a female U.S. president, and terrorists are almost always Muslims.

13 posted on 02/09/2006 7:44:30 AM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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I saw "Finding Nemo" on an airplane flight and was shocked...how did a movie that centered on the theme of a father's love for his son get made? And by Disney??

If they think the G-rated movies are bad, what about the Super Bowl? Not a single female player on either team.

14 posted on 02/09/2006 7:44:49 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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Kim Possible's HOT!


15 posted on 02/09/2006 7:45:02 AM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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How about victorian hits such as HMS Pinafore (...and his sisters and his cousins and his aunts, all female)


16 posted on 02/09/2006 7:46:42 AM PST by The Red Zone
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a program of the advocacy group Dads & Daughters that encourages balanced gender representation in entertainment for children

I guess just advocating for more family films would be a little too sane for her.

17 posted on 02/09/2006 7:47:29 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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who knows, maybe sister put bo-peep there. the same sister who cross dressed buzz lightyear. it's not a bedroom, just a playroom.


18 posted on 02/09/2006 7:49:05 AM PST by The Red Zone
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To: Brett66

yeah, why aren't the ladies incensed that the dirty films want them.


19 posted on 02/09/2006 7:50:09 AM PST by The Red Zone
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To: ibheath

Debbie Does the Chocolate Factory??


20 posted on 02/09/2006 7:50:40 AM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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