Diversity Redux

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.

The full report, based on the 101 top-grossing G-rated films from 1990 to 2004, is here. The authors also note that males are less likely than females to be portrayed as parents and that nonwhite males are way less likely to be portrayed as parents. In addition, Black and Hispanic males are extremely scarce in G-rated films (they appear at well under half their actual rate in the general population), and when they are present they’re far more often portrayed as violent than white males.

If you think that a study like this could have been done in, say, 1970, with about the same results, you’re right. But it sure is annoyingly PC to keep pointing it out in this enlightened day and age, isn’t it? That must be why the report got exactly one mention in the press after it was released: a 400-word piece in USA Today that gave over nearly half its space to a critic who said the whole thing was no big deal. Sheesh.