Male film critics still dominate the industry, new research suggests

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A recent study sponsored by San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, led by Executive Director Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, found that “men make up 78% of people who write for general interest magazines and websites, 73% write for trade publications, 72% write for newspapers and news agencies, 65% write for movies/entertainment magazines and websites, and 58 % writing for radio and television. Well, I’ll be damned. Are you saying that male critics dominate film conversations in every way? Wowwwwwww. I thought the feminist agenda and Brie Larson had effectively created parity.

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I start with this sarcasm because whenever we discuss issues of gender equality and parity, especially when it comes to things like criticism of the media, it is treated as if we are speaking without any understanding reality of our experiences. Even with supporting evidence, what will be interesting is to see if a majority of men will back things up to help even things out.

Dr. Lauzen said the following in an official statement: “Male film critics outnumber female critics nearly twice and continue to dominate the conversation about film in all types of media and across genres. cinematographic. In this myopic world of cinema, not only do men make up the majority of our filmmakers, but they are also more likely to have the final say on the quality of our films.

Other numbers to add to this disparity include that men write “73% of reviews on documentaries, 72% on action features, 69% on sci-fi features, 68% on dramas, 67% on Horror Features, 67% on Animated Features, 62% on Comedies/Dramas and 60% on Comedies. Male critics write the majority of reviews across just about every genre.

Dr. Lauzen explains: “These gender imbalances are important because they impact the visibility of films with female leads and female directors, as well as the nature of reviews. This research expands our understanding of how reviews written by female reviewers differ from those written by men.

These differences are that female reviews mention the name of the woman directing the film more with 31% of reviews written by women (but only 16% of those by men) mentioning the name of the director in their reviews. The study also found that male critics are more likely to be positive about the filmographies of male directors than women.

In 2018, USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that only 22.2% of 2017 reviews for top-grossing films were written by women, while reviews from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds did not. accounted for only 18%. Maybe there was a reason beyond hating men and white people that Captain Marvel wanted to get more diverse press junkets. It’s not always about trying to push someone down, it’s about lifting others up.

Anyone who wants more information can read the full “Thumbs Down” report on the right here.

(via Independent wirepicture: 30th Century Fox Television)

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