Instead Of The Weinstein's, We Need To Support Female Directors In Hollywood

Instead Of The Weinstein's, We Need To Support Female Directors In Hollywood

It is just as important to see not only a female's perception of the world as it is a man's perception.
217
views

In the movie industry, female directors are not as well represented as their male counterparts. A study done by the USC Annenberg School For Communication and Journalism found that out of the top 1000 grossing films from 2007 to 2016, there were 23.8 male directors for every female director. There is an even larger disparity when analyzing how many women of color were directors of those films. Out of the 1,114 directors, 57 of them were black and only three of them were black females.

There were also 34 Asian directors and only three of them were females. The least represented group was Latinas because there was only one Latina director out of the 1,114 directors. Some of you may be thinking that the reason for why there is such a low amount of top-grossing female directors is because women may just be worse at making films than men are. This is an extremely offensive take on the situation because the problem does not lie with the women, but with our society.

Men have always been labeled as leaders and since the director is one of the central leaders of a film, studios and audiences feel comfortable knowing that a man was behind the story. Women are just as capable as men of being a competent film director and more production companies should give them a chance to succeed. In the same study done by USC Annenberg, Warner Bros. is the studio that has produced the most films by female directors. However, it was only 10 films, which is not an amount that anyone should be proud of.

Most films that we see are brought to life through the eyes of a man, which leads to many films having the same basic function for their female characters. They are not given a role where they are important characters on their own because they are often only inserted into the film as a love interest for the male lead. A female director would offer a different viewpoint for films and would be able to make a female character have her own storyline that does not depend on a man.

How we view society is influenced by the films we see and if we are only ever exposed to films made my male directors, then we will have a very narrow view of our world. We could be conditioned into thinking that the women in our lives are useless if they do not have any men to support because that is the purpose that most female characters have in films directed by men.

A film directed by a woman would be able to present more complex female characters and they would be able to add their own experiences into the film’s storyline. Women and men do not deal with all of the same issues and it is valuable for women in the audience of a film to see stories similar to their own being showcased. It would also allow men in the audience to gain a better understanding of the female experience.

It is time for studios to stop hiding behind the excuse of female directors not having as much experience as male directors because it is their own refusal to give female directors the opportunity to create that has put them at a disadvantage.

Cover Image Credit: Black Youth Project

Popular Right Now

10 TV Shows That Can Replace 'The Office' On Netflix By 2021

"NOOO. GOD NOOOOO."

7018
views

Netflix has done it again. Created a mass panic. But this time the reason is not that "Friends" is being taken down or renewed for a giant price.

No, this time it is much worse.

Netflix has said in just TWO short years, it is likely NBC will be taking 'The Office' down. I know, it is unthinkable. What else are we suppose to rewatch a hundred times and quote endlessly? You cannot simply take Michael Scott off of Netflix.

The best thing to ever happen was for Netflix to put "The Office", they made it popular again. And you @ me on that. But now they are removing it. I guess we will just have to watch other shows now.

Find other shows on Netflix to watch and to fill the void that NBC is creating for us.

1. There are none.

2. There are none.

3. There are none.

4. There are none.

5. There are none.

6. There are none.

7. There are none.

8. There are none.

9. There are none.

10. There are none.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Poetry On The Odyssey: It's a Girl

An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.

1183
views

They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

People call her a bitch

Bitch

What is that?

How can she let that affect her

It's simply the only way to be her

She mourns that little girl

Hoping that one day

She'll be strong


Related Content

Facebook Comments