Guess: the only place women get to talk less than men

I bet you can’t guess where the only place is that women get to talk less than men.

Go on…bet you can’t.

Hollywood has been criticised for its lack of diversity this year, but a new study shows the issue goes beyond race.

A data study carried out by Polygraph’s Hannah Anderson and Matt Daniels found that based on dialogue, females played the lead role in just 22 per cent of movies.

Anderson and Daniels studied screenplays from 2000 films and discovered women delivered the majority of the dialogue (60 to 90 per cent) in just 166 films.

Gender parity was reached in 324 films, with men taking the lead in 1195 films.

Women occupied at least two out of the three top roles in 18 per cent of the films studied.  

That same scenario for men occurred in about 82 per cent of films.

The researchers said this was an “abysmal” statistic.

Just dreadful. Soon the movies will be unwatchable…with endless drivel and discourse instead of action and blowing things up, all of which requires no talking whatsoever.

Action was the genre that most favoured male leads, with women delivering the majority of the dialogue in just five out of the 305 screenplays examined.

Of course it favours men; we are all about action and not mindless jibber-jabber.

Drama had more films with female leads, according to the study.

Out of 815 movies in the genre, women had the majority of dialogue in 74 films, with gender parity reached in 139 movies.

The study also looked specifically at Disney movies, including Pixar films.

The results? Twenty-two of 30 Disney films gave the majority of dialogue to men.

Even films with female leads, such as Mulan, fed more dialogue to male characters.

Mushu, Mulan’s protector dragon, has 50 per cent more lines than Mulan herself.

And to add to Hollywood’s diversity issues, it seems women are being aged out of the business.

Women between 22 and 31 delivered 37 per cent of the dialogue, but by the time they were in their 30s, that dropped to 31 per cent.

Women aged between 42 and 65 had just 20 per cent of the lines and over 65s delivered 3 per cent of dialogue in the films studied.

Reminds me of the old joke about why men died before their wives.

Because they want to.

– Fairfax

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