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"I’m Not Very Good at Making People Like Me:" Why ‘The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen Is One of the Most Important Heroes in Modern Culture | Bitch Flicks

"I’m Not Very Good at Making People Like Me:" Why ‘The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen Is One of the Most Important Heroes in Modern Culture | Bitch Flicks | A2 Media Investigation Research | Scoop.it
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Less than 30% of Speaking Roles in Blockbuster Films Last Year Went to Women

Less than 30% of Speaking Roles in Blockbuster Films Last Year Went to Women | A2 Media Investigation Research | Scoop.it
And before you think Well, sure, that's less than half of what would really be ideal representation, but maybe it's a sign of progress, this is the lowest level of gender equity in roles in five years.
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Should media representation of women be a feminist priority ...

Should media representation of women be a feminist priority ... | A2 Media Investigation Research | Scoop.it
They are part and parcel of the same overall problem of negative and stereotypical views of women. We don't have time to go through all the many, many problems with the representation of women in the media, but, for fun, ...

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M.Brown's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:37 PM

A thought provoking article on "REPRESENTATION" - could be used as a source for a group project, debate or discussion...

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Sexism In Hollywood: Female Screenwriters Far Less Likely To Sell Speculative ... - Huffington Post

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The entertainment industry is notorious for it's pathetic representation of women in all realms.

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Marvel Dismisses Female Superheroes

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Marvel deity and godfather of comics Stan Lee revealed in an interview that the superhero Black Widow (a.k.a. Natasha Romanova a.k.a. the character Scarlet Johansson plays in The Avengers) might eventually be getting her own movie.

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Gender Flipping in Hollywood

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It’s no secret that this summer’s movies suck for women. It’s been mentioned on Vulture. NPR did a story about it. The New York Times covered it. Even Fox News ran a piece about it.

 

Yet Jodie Foster has a leading role in the new action movie Elysium. How’d she score it? Foster makes a point of having her agent specifically seek out leading-man scripts that can be flipped. Her role in Elysium was originally written for a man.


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Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating

Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating | A2 Media Investigation Research | Scoop.it
Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality

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malek's curator insight, November 6, 2013 10:17 AM

I wonder how many of the IMDB Top 100 would pass the Beschdel Test.

Back to Nany state media?

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10 Famous Films That Surprisingly Fail The Bechdel Test

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The Bechdel Test, if you're not familiar with it, is a benchmark for movies developed by Alison Bechdel in 1985. For a movie to pass The Bechdel Test, it

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Mastering the male gaze

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THE LIFT A man and a woman are traveling in a lift; both wearing business suits. The lift stops a few floors into their descending journey and the doors open. Another man enters. He does not acknow...
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Hypodermic Needle Theory

The "hypodermic needle theory" implied mass media had a direct, immediate and powerful effect on its audiences. The mass media in the 1940s and 1950s were perceived as a powerful influence on behavior change.

Several factors contributed to this "strong effects" theory of communication, including:

 

- the fast rise and popularization of radio and television

- the emergence of the persuasion industries, such as advertising and propaganda

- the Payne Fund studies of the 1930s, which focused on the impact of motion pictures on children, and

- Hitler's monopolization of the mass media during WWII to unify the German public behind the Nazi party


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Female Characters in Fictional Roles

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In 1985, Alison Bechdel wrote a comic strip in which a character stated that she would only go see a movie if the following criteria were met: 1. It has to have at least two women in it 2. who talk to each other 3. about something other than a man. The joke being that because of these rules she hadn’t been to the cinema since 1979. The comic came and went, but these three rules stuck around and became known as the Bechdel Test. Its appeal comes from its simplicity and its stark illustration of just how poorly women are depicted in mainstream entertainment.


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Notes on The Gaze (ie Laura Mulvey's theory of the Male Gaze)

These are notes by Daniel Chandler
on 'the gaze' in the visual media.

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Week 4 Male Gaze

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The study of the ‘male gaze’ has been a prevalent subject in film studies, focussing on the common perceptions of women by the cinematic institution.  Largely motivated by many political movements ...

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Women in Action Movies Empowered Role Models or Chicks with Guns by Charlotte Starlet | Entertainment Scene 360

Women in Action Movies Empowered Role Models or Chicks with Guns by Charlotte Starlet | Entertainment Scene 360 | A2 Media Investigation Research | Scoop.it
How are Women Represented in the Action Movie Genre? Empowered Female Role Models or Highly Sexualised Chicks with Guns? Introduction This essay will be looking at the representation of women
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Female Representation in Film Is the Lowest It’s Been in Five Years

Female Representation in Film Is the Lowest It’s Been in Five Years | A2 Media Investigation Research | Scoop.it
According to a recent study the representation of women is at its lowest in 5 years
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Representation

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This broad-ranging text offers a comprehensive outline of how visual images, language and discourse work as `systems of representation'.

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Do They Ever Make Movies About Women? A Mathematical Analysis From 1989–2013

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(With the exception of The Heat — which earned a solid $40 million on its opening weekend, handily defeating the competition — it has not been a good summer for women in the movies. Put more plainly: With the exception of The Heat, women have barely been in the movies this summer at all. In the words of NPR's Linda Holmes, who wrote about the problem last month, "if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — anystory about any woman that isn't a documentary or a cartoon — you can't." The 2013 lineup is all superheroes and crass man-boy bonding. Granted, studios release these types of movies every summer, but usually they'll at least give us one rom-com or female ensemble movie, or a woman in a role that is not "secretary to an Avenger." Or so I assumed, based on fond memories of The Notebook and every mediocre Kate Hudson film ever made. This year seemed worse to me, and so I decided to do the math, comparing the number of women in major roles in the last five years of major summer releases with those in major releases from twenty years ago. It turns out that yes, 2013 is a bad summer — but it is far from a record low point. This has been a problem for 25 years now.

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The Long List of Successful Action Movies Starring Women

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There's never been a successful movie about a female superhero. And lately, there's been lots of talk about whether such a thing could even happen.

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Kill Bill is my favorite
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Katee Sackhoff on Hollywood’s Female Action-Hero Problem

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When Battlestar Galactica alum Katie Sackhoff took the stage at Comic-Con last weekend, the fan boys roared.

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Cinema programmers beware: feminist films can flunk the Bechdel test

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The decision of some Swedish cinemas to vet what they show using the test should be applauded with caution – its creator had satire in mind, and its enforcers may yet be motivated by money

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Which Oscar-Winning Actress Is Upset by the Lack of Female Roles in Hollywood? - Babble

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Kermode Uncut: Screen Test

www.bbc.co.uk/markkermode - Thirty years ago cartoonist Alison Bechdel came up with a simple test for movies to see whether women had a proper role. It's not...
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The Oscars and The Bechdel Test

It's been a few years since I've checked in with The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies so I thought it would be a good time to look in on Hollywood and see if...

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More female directors but 'too few in executive roles'

More female directors but 'too few in executive roles' | A2 Media Investigation Research | Scoop.it
More women need to be appointed to top executive posts, campaigners urged today as the latest figures showed a rise in the number of female company directors.

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11 Movies In 2013 That Failed The Bechdel Test

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The Bechdel test tries to identify gender bias in fiction. Let's see what movies in 2013 failed the test.


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