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Women in Hollywood movies get less dialogue the older they get

Charlie's Angels is a rare example of a film where female actresses have most of the lines.

A new survey of 2000 Hollywood movies by the website Polygraph revealed that the older actresses are, the less dialogue they get, while male actors actually get more lines the more they approach middle-age. Of all “female dialogue,” 38 percent was spoken by actresses between the age of 22 to 31, just 31 percent by actors aged 32 to 41, and a mere 20 percent for those between the ages of 42 and 65. For men, the curve bends the other way: older actors (42-65) get 39 percent of the dialogue. It’s all downhill once men and women turn 65, however: men over that age get 5 percent of dialogue, and female actors just 3 percent. Other interesting findings were that (not surprisingly) action movies were the genre that had the least women speaking, and that even in women-centric projects (Pocahontas and The Little Mermaid, for example) men came away with a majority of the dialogue. This new study adds to the pile of evidence that the movie industry has a problem with sexism (and ageism), such as the 2014 study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television, Film and New Media which found that Tinseltown gave women a mere 30 percent of all speaking roles.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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