In this topic we have basically been talking about diversity, we have asked questions like why is it impotant to see diversity in films, films that make a difference and other discussions related to this.
In our discussion we never really spoke about how each gender is represented, this discussion is crucial to the knowledge of people, knowing how each gender is represented can help know if one is being represented properly or not.
I would like to start with why it is important to see diversity in films, but I would like to note that diversity does not only mean race or color it also mean, culture and even roles.
quickwitted_tamarind says that:
I think it is important to see diversity in films because people are influenced by what they see. So when they see diversity being represented, they will start to think more carefully about it. Also, it is good, because the world is dirverse. People need to see the truth about what has happened through history in diverity. Everybody is different and we should be respected for this. But the truth is-not everybody treates others fairly. We all have prejudices that can influence us. Films could make sure they get the representations by making a diversity charter that tells you what you are going to do. People also need to make sure they know what diversity they are trying to represent. We need to address the things we are blind to. Eg: Race; gender; age; even economic class.
illuminated_chameleon says that:
Diversity in films is important because societies are diverse. The more we see people who are different to us, the more we get used to the fact that they are part of society, just like us. Also, people need to see themselves reflected on the screen, so it's not just films, but also TV shows and adverts that should be diverse. People from all backgrounds and especially young people need to see people they can relate to. How are people from different backgrounds supposed to understand they are equal members of society if they don't see people like them on the screen? Films can make sure they do their representation right by giving both important and less important roles to different people. I mean, for example the heroes should be both Asian, European, African and American, in a balanced proportion. Also, people from different backgrounds should be given roles as lawyers, politicians, businessmen, scientists, so that young people understand they can become anything they want and that their background is not an obstacle, to some extent I agree with them all because:
men and women perform different roles at times these roles are not the same for all individuals. However, a large number of people in the society live in accordance with these roles. Society assigns classes of social roles to both male and female individuals, in the same manner that society views the different sexes. These gender roles can be a hindrance to both men and women as they can limit the capabilities of what males and females can do. Gender roles can actually reduce a persons capability if you ask me. For example male characters were more likely than females to have an identifiable occupation. Girls and women were more likely to have goals related to their personal life, whereas boys and men were more likely to have work-related goals.
Here are some shocking numbers from forbes news eighty-five percent of films featured more male than female characters, but only 7% of films had more female than male characters. Females made up only 34% of all speaking characters, declining from 36% in 2020. Women comprised only 35% of major characters. For purposes of the study. Major female characters were younger than major male characters.
What people fail to understand is having fewer female characters and fewer meaningful female characters isn’t just a problem for female actors. It has an impact on the viewer, when viewers see substantially more stories about male characters than female characters, the message is that the contributions of boys and men are more meaningful, interesting, and ultimately more valuable than those of girls and women, and to be honest I also fee that way. When I say how are genders portrayed I do not mean only women, these negative streotypes also affect men when films relate masculinity with violence, crime or work, it depicts a very narrow, and outdated notion of what it means to be a man.
Although this affects both genders mostly women are affected, women are constantly under-represented, most attimes if ,ore than two women are represented in a movie they do not even converse they either hate eachother or talk to eachother about men. Most of the time we women have to be represented as pretty or we perform a household duty.
Sometimes when I hear certain information it does not surprise me, but what surprises me is when no one wants to do anything about it maybe the reason for the poor representation on women in movies is because according to zippia.com 45.8% of script writers are women and 54.2% of script writers are men.
Some questions need answers ansd some of those questions are:
HOW CAN WOMEN BE REPRESENTED BETTER IN FILMS.
HOW DO WE STOP THE MISCONCEPTION OF WHAT MALES AND FEMALES NEED TO BE IN MOVIES.
DOES HAVING FEMALE SCRIPT WRITERS INCREASE THE CHANCES OF HAVING A GENDER POSITIVE MOVIE.