Friday, June 26, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

And check out various blogger perspectives on "The Meaning of MJ" via Feministing.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Women in Hollywood: Are There Any?

Here are some statistics that really piss me off concerning behind-the-scenes employment of women in Hollywood (i.e., directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, cinematographers). Pulled from Dr. Martha M. Lauzen's 2009 Celluloid Ceiling Report, these numbers are freaking appalling:
  • Women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films during 2008, representing a decline of 3 percentage points from 2001 and an increase of one percentage point from 2007.
  • Women accounted for 9% of directors in 2008, an increase of three percentage points from 2007. This figure represents no change from the percentage of women directing in 1998.
  • Twenty-two percent (22%) of the films released in 2008 employed no women directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, or editors. No films failed to employ a man in at least one of these roles. (emphasis mine)

For further reading about the state of women and movies, go here and here.