February 9, 2006


Study: G-Rated Hits Favor Male Characters (DAVID GERMAIN, 2/09/06, AP)

Male characters outnumbered females 3-to-1 overall in top-grossing G-rated films from 1990 to 2004, according to a study whose sponsors say the disparity diminishes the importance of women in children's eyes.

"We're showing kids a world that's very scantly populated with women and female characters," said actress Geena Davis, founder of See Jane, a program of the advocacy group Dads & Daughters that encourages balanced gender representation in entertainment for children.

Leave it to Hollywood to undermine the one area where they're making good movies and drawing audiences.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2006 12:08 PM

Geena was more attractive to audiences when she was in her lingerie in "Tootsie" than she was in a business suit in "Commander in Chief". But I don't think even Hollywood would try and make a G-rated movie about women in their underwear to balance out the gender inequality problem.

Posted by: John at February 9, 2006 12:27 PM

what are the chances they just pulled that 3:1 number out of a cat's ass ? 100% ?

Posted by: toe at February 9, 2006 1:11 PM

Personally, I prefer the ones starring birds.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 9, 2006 1:44 PM

This is related to the general proposition that girls will watch boy shows (and indeed, are often encouraged to in order to reduce sex stereotyping) but boys absolutely refuse to watch girly shows. (For threat of teasing, among other things.)

Posted by: John Thacker at February 9, 2006 1:47 PM

So why is she heading a program for dads? Wouldn't be doing what she's criticising?

Posted by: RC at February 9, 2006 1:48 PM

In just about every sitcom on network television, dad is portrayed as an idiot with the smart-aleck kids in control of everything. "Father Knows Best" is unfortunately a thing of the past.

Posted by: pchuck at February 9, 2006 1:53 PM

she's been watching Brokeback too many times. go away geena, we want susan sarandon to harangue us.

Posted by: toe at February 9, 2006 2:54 PM


Teasing? How about because they're insipid?

Posted by: oj at February 9, 2006 3:01 PM

Robert, specially penguins.

Posted by: erp at February 9, 2006 3:15 PM

OK, how about a Pixar CGI movie "Princess Barbie and the Magical Hooters Restaurant". Fun for the whole family with in the required male-female gender guidelines.

Posted by: John at February 9, 2006 4:11 PM

Well, my five-year old boy's favorite character on Scooby-Doo, after Scooby himself and the Mystery Machine (of course) is Daphne.

My daughter like Dora, but her absolute favorite is Lady (the little purple engine from the Thomas the Tank Engine movie). But she likes Spider-Man more than my son does.

I haven't seen President Geena, but it's difficult to imagine her in roles other than playing catcher or when she was Jeff Goldblum's squeeze in "The Fly".

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 9, 2006 4:15 PM

Jim - She was also (infamously) in Thelma and Louise. And she was the mother in the Stuart Little movies. I always considered her one of the more reasoonable Hollywood types but her Hillary-like role seems to have changed her.

"balanced gender representation" = movies even more divorced from reality.

Posted by: AWW at February 9, 2006 8:45 PM

She's getting on now and would be perfect for the lead in the story of how Maimie Eisenhower won World War 11.

Posted by: Peter B at February 10, 2006 6:47 AM

in the cockpit of a B-25

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 12:32 PM

""We're showing kids a world that's very scantly populated with women and female characters,""

Which is a necessary counterbalance to the world chidren actually live in. (How many adult males will you find in the average grade school? Especially if you don't count the janitors.)

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at February 12, 2006 10:16 AM