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Women on Film Speak Less and Take off More than Men -Duh...

Researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California have discovered the blatantly obvious through careful analysis of 100 Hollywood films released in 2008. Women in films talk less and take off more than their male counterparts.
The study was based on analyzing 4,370 speaking parts in the top 100 films from 2008, including The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Twilight, USA Today reports. “The study showed that men had 67% of the speaking roles; women had about half that, 33%. Men also were far more likely to work behind the camera. For every five male directors, writers or producers, there was one female. At the same time, female characters were more likely to wear sexy, provocative clothing than men (26% vs. 5%) or to appear partially naked (24% vs. 8%).”

According to the leaders of the study, Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti of USC Annenberg, “40 % of over sexualization of female teenage characters with provocative clothing than other women, even more than those age 21 to 39 (32%). And the teen girls were as likely to appear partially naked as the older women (30%).” Smith said "the data speaks to an overemphasis on beauty, thinness and sexualization of women at younger and younger ages." “The phenomenon could affect the body image of some young female viewers”, Choueiti added.
"Women represent roughly half of the U.S. population and buy roughly half of the movie tickets, but they still represent only a third of the speaking roles in film," Smith says. "Females are missing in action when it comes to speaking roles."
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