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USC study confirms: movies are biased towards men

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These are all things you've probably heard before: there aren't enough comedic roles for women in Hollywood. (True.) There aren't enough roles for women over forty in Hollywood. (Also true.) There aren't enough roles for women of color in Hollywood. (Probably the truest!) But it turns out a big thing that connects all those problems is that there just aren't enough roles for women in Hollywood, period. You could probably have guessed that on your own, but a new study from USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism has found that the gap between roles for women and roles for men is far wider than you probably imagined. After examining the top 100 grossing films for 2009, the researchers found that out of all 4,342 speaking roles only 32.8% were female characters while 67.2% were male.

Unfortunately, the picture doesn't get much better once you examine the roles themselves:

The USC study determined that women were still far more likely than men to wear sexy clothing in movies, such as swimwear and unbuttoned shirts (25.8% versus 4.7%), to expose skin (23% versus 7.4%) and to be described by another character as attractive (10.9% versus 2.5%).

Revealing clothing and partial nudity was just as prevalent among 13- to 20-year-old female characters as it was among those 21 to 29, suggesting that females are sexualized on-screen at young ages, Smith said.

Yeesh. Basically, you have to be a Fanning sister to get any sort of movie role these days, and it helps if you're a Fanning sister who's willing to dress all sexy. (Dakota's kind of locked that down, though, so good luck getting into that niche.) Sorry, ladies! Looks like it's just going to be yogurt commercials and roles as "Blonde Girl in Bar" for you, from now until eternity.