DIVERSITY REDUX…Speaking of diversity, here’s some news about the portrayal of boys vs. girls in G-rated films:
There are three male characters for every female.
Fewer than one out of three (28 percent) of the speaking characters (real and animated) are female.
Less than one in five (17 percent) of the characters in crowd scenes are female.
More than four out of five (83 percent) of films’ narrators are male.
Very interesting report about the portrayal of male and female characters, as well.
Not to draw too many conclusions about this, but could it be that there is actual reason for feminists to keeping up the critique of society at large?
I think there is cultural relevance to it. Most of my students aren’t aware of how common the Idiotic-Shlump-Dad-Married-To-The-Hot-Longsuffering-Patient-Mom setup is on US sitcoms until they examine it in class.
I appreciate the original link; I have students analyze children’s books for portrayals of males & females, but I might expand it to films as well now.
So your theory is that popular culture has no effect on people. More to the point, that it doesn’t affect kids?
That culture is in fact nothing at all in relationship to society? That it is not reflection, challenge or inspiration?
That’s a bit odd, in my mind.
How about the fact that people don’t remark on this or find it odd? Is it possible to draw any conclusions from the fact that kids’ movies aren’t criticised at all for giving an incredibly slanted view of the world?
“They just take one bite and throw it away,” said cashier Lin Huyen. “They take four egg rolls and crab ragoon, take one bite of egg roll and throw the whole plate. That is wasting food.”
Now COME ON don’t add a crazy screechy overblown Asian accent to that quote, you goofs! It’s only slightly Engrish.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Bill, where’s the uh racism amok that you referenced in your title?
It’s right here:
Bob Oberbillig, an adjunct professor at the Drake Legal Clinic, says the patron would have no legal case against exclusion from a business unless there are other factors such as racial discrimination or mental health issues.
I’ll bet anyone here ONE MEELYAN DOLLAAAAAAAAAAHH that the Dersham family are as whiggity white as driven snow.
I have a 5 year old.
All Disney heroes are female (the ones that matter in her world anyway).
According to her, all the Teletubbies are female. So are the heroes of Ice Age.
Nemo Is a girl (she accept that “his” father isn’t) and there’s no telling the sex on Scully and Mike.