Women only said 27% of the words in 2016’s biggest movies.
Amber Thomas
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I like the work, but i also think a movie like Captain America is an unfair sample to start. There’s only two(?) main cast female characters in the movie, and neither of them have exactly important roles. The movie could easily exist without them (and about 3/4 of the entire cast to be fair). Also using a ‘battle scene’ is bad to begin with. It’s like asking who had the most speaking parts during an explosion. It’s an action sequence, not a narrative one.

Finding Dory wasn’t surprising in volume, though casting a little more so. Ignoring recasts, one would think the larger portion of the new characters might have been female. I’d love to see this data used to compare Finding Dory vs Nemo

I think Rogue One is the largest surprise. Compared to Episode 7, there should have been a larger portion of the screen time and dialogue given to the Female lead. I haven’t seen it yet, but the only aside i can think of for Star Wars in general is that they’re very narrative and backstory heavy. So spending 20 minutes having two people talk ABOUT the main character rather than having them monologue about themselves often serves a narrative better.

Using this data for movies like LotR would give a highly sexist end result as well since the majority of the cast is male. However that isn’t the movie’s fault. The issue (even with Star wars) is that these are stories that were written 30+ years ago. recasting (in the case of Jungle Book’s Kaa) is possible, but unlikely.

Look how pissy people got because they made a Female Cast Ghostbusters…

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