Quality, not quantity, is key to film gender equity

The depiction of females in filmmaking isn't about the numbers of actresses hired, but the quality of the female-based roles, says a British scholar. Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, believes age is "the biggest inequity" with filmmaking today, and the dangerous message for young girls is that only youth matters and is paramount to self-worth. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media commissioned a study that examines the inequities not only in the number of female roles in family-oriented films, but the quality of the roles as well.

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