The study—“Thumbs Down 2016: Top Film Critics and Gender”—analyzed 5,776 reviews written by 247 of Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics, finding:
- only 29% of newspapers had female film critics;
- only 20% of trade publications (e.g., The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, and Variety) had female critics;
- female critics reviewed more films with female protagonists than their male counterparts did;
- there were serious discrepancies between genres: for SiFi, men wrote 84% of the reviews while women wrote 16%; and, for romantic comedies, men wrote 57% of the reviews while women wrote 43%.
About these findings, CSWTF’s Executive Director, Dr. Martha Lauzen, wrote in a statement:
The discussion of film in this country remains a heavily male pursuit, reflecting an industry with the same bias. Women’s underrepresentation among the top critics is not only an employment issue for women who write about film, it also impacts the amount of exposure films with female protagonists receive.
Nah…they’d never engage in immoral conduct like that! It’s all of those “right-wing nut jobs” who are to be condemned for their hypocrisy.
Let the discussion begin…
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