Women Are More Likely to Be Half-Naked on Screen and Other Film Stats

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Nick Zurko of the New York Film Academy sent us an excellent infographic detailing just how unbalanced things are for women in Hollywood.

He writes:

I just wanted to share with you an infographic we just published to serve as a bit of a counterweight to the media frenzy over The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's monster box office by looking at how women have been portrayed in film and found employment behind the scenes in mainstream film.

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Some highlights/lowlights: Women on screen are way more likely than men to be not-talking and naked or half naked. Using data from Top Ten lists, the highest-earning woman in Hollywood makes about as much as the lowest-ranked men. And even though half of ticket buyers are women, 77% of Oscar voters are men.

Here's the full graphic:

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Courtesy of: New York Film Academy

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Just a quick shoutout to Marjane from Persepolis. As a half-Persian living/growing up in America, it's nice to see positive, non-terrorist/non-scummy stories told about Iran and the Iranian experience. I don't identify particularly strongly with my Iranian background, but any opportunity to have it portrayed as something other than "hairy loud dude" or "guy with AK-47 ready to shoot up airport" is nice. It's also especially nice that it's a woman's story, showing how women have been affected by the Iranian regime and the diaspora.

In short: Watch Persepolis. I adored that film. It helps that I also love animation.

More generally, I love film, but I will love it even more if we get more thoughtful and diverse storytelling— I can't wait to see what the coming decades give us if we can see more women driving the film making process. There are so many untouched opportunities left in film and TV, and new ideas will be nothing but good. To put this another way, the influence of Japanese and Chinese film gave us some of the greatest films in history. Can you imagine tapping into another huge relatively untouched source of ideas and inspiration?

If you like movies, you will want this. That's all there is to it. Movies are at their best when we have new, exciting ideas in the process. Women will bring new ideas. Therefore, better movies! Yay! Everyone wins!

Especially film nuts like me. YESSSSS.