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Movies Treat 13-Year-Old Girls And 39-Year-Old Women The Same In One Incredibly Disturbing Way

Every time a new study about the state of women in movies (in front of the camera and behind the scenes) comes out, I cross my fingers and hope Hollywood has finally woken up to the realization that women make up 50% of the global population and should make up 50% of the film industry population too. BUT ALAS ... it is 2014 and, according to this study [pdf] conducted by Dr. Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, that does not seem to be the case.

Movies Treat 13-Year-Old Girls And 39-Year-Old Women The Same In One Incredibly Disturbing Way

The good news is that when women direct and write movies, the number of female characters increases. The bad news is that only 20% of writers and 7% of directors are women, which kinda/sorta/totally explains why only 31% of speaking roles in movies go to female characters. Even worse, female characters are five times more likely to have their appearance commented on in a film than male characters are, which means that what speaking time female characters do get is often wasted discussing their appearance rather than the plot. *LOUD ANGRY SIGH*

If you found that as upsetting as I did, scroll to the bottom for a great quote by real-life badass Hollywood heroine Geena Davis about one thing Hollywood can do to change things for the better — and not just in movies, either.


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Have you ever woken up one day and wondered if you were destined to do more in your life? Or worried you didn't take that shot at your dream?

FOX's new show "The Big Leap." is here to show you that all you need to take that second chance is the confidence to do so.

Watch as a group of diverse underdogs from all different walks of life try to change their lives by auditioning for a reality TV dance show, finding themselves on an emotional journey when suddenly thrust into the spotlight. And they're not letting the fact that they don't have the traditional dancer body type, age, or background hold them back.

Unfortunately, far too many people lack this kind of confidence. That's why FOX is partnering with the Movemeant Foundation, an organization whose whole mission is to teach women and girls that fitness and physical movement is essential to helping them develop self-confidence, resilience, and commitment with communities of like-minded girls.

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This article originally appeared on 1,14.15


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