Women are a slight majority, 50.8% of the population, in the United States (US Census). With this slight majority, one would assume that in a representative society, women would appear in various films and television shows at equal rates to men. Yet in released films rated G, PG, and PG-13 between September 5th, 2006 and September 5th, 2009 “2.42 males are depicted to every 1 female” (Smith and Choueiti 2). This is a persistent trend in nearly all categories when comparing women and men. Of all G-rated and “100 of t...
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... are not flawless, but they do weed out Hollywood 's over uses of women as sexy, mobile props. In addition, the tests evaluate if the films and TV include women only to pander to feminists ' desire for gender equality.
These communities are not a fringe part of society dependent on modifying mainstream media as evident by the Riot Grrrls. The movement sustained itself “by creating the music, magazines, and other creative products they consume” (Kearney 68). They resist the dominant media by producing their own. Then this media “[encouraged] female youth to create other forms of cultural expression, including film” (77). The Riot Grrrl movement proves that female audiences do in fact support being portrayed as fully complex human beings and do not need to constantly see impossible to imitate role models whose physical perfection cannot be achieved by anyone.
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