The problem of gender inequality has been occupied for thousands of years. It is not only happening in the past decades but continues into the present years. From the statistics by the United Nations, there are 49.6% of global population form by women. It states that we should not ignore the power of those half world citizens. Gender inequality in everywhere, families, offices and even shown on the screen.
Media is one of the ways for people to send and receive the message, they have the ability to change people’s views and attitudes toward things through their own works. Just as in recent years, directors have begun to take various kinds of movies on the issue of equality between men and women. According to the Gender Inequality in Film infographic by The New York Film Academy (NYFA), the production ratio between male and female have a large gap. Take an example, there is a 5:1 ratio of men to women working behind the scenes on films, in another word there are only 11% of female employed behind the scenes with 89% of men. Which imply the lake of respect to women producers.
Not only the female actor get fewer paid from the movie, but the paid of the female producers are also lower than male producers. NYFA states that the script had 7 times more male writers than female writers, the number of females worker behind the scenes far less than the males even in the past 10 years. Although there are increasing indications of female producers, the ratio between men and women still not maintain a reasonable standard. On the list of the top 250 films of 2017, 88 percents had no female directors, 83 percents had no female writers, and 96 percents had no female cinematographers.
Lady Bird won the award for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in this year at The Golden Globe Awards, but its writer and director Greta Gerwig was curiously not nominated for Best Director. That category’s five nominees were all male. In fact, only one woman has ever won a Golden Globe for directing. Even the women producer work hard on their duties, they get nothing for that. Mostly the award of the film festival mainly focuses on the male achievement, women seldom get focuses on that. And they get less appreciated from audiences till the following years.
Wonder Woman, a film released in last years which these would have meant nothing had this most high-profile, female-fronted, female-directed blockbuster failed at the box office. In an era fuelled by hothouse identity politics, this is the cross of every mainstream “female” film now has to bear.
As I have mentioned in the above, “Wonder women” being the female-fronted movie in this century have the responsibility to promote the ideas of female rights and interests. In our memory, when talking about the superhero we usually think of a male image with a muscular shape. Not many people would tell you they prefer a female representative the justice. This is what we call “Gender stereotypes”, boys like robot and girls like the doll, that is the stereotype of people. From the blog written by Tim Hanley, we may see how the arise of Wonder Women change the public.
“The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s. At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and Wonder Woman was tied up as often as she saved the world.”[ref. 1]
To be honest, it is not easy for the female character success in that decade, especially a heroine character. But surprisingly, Wonder Woman not only attracted the attention of the society but also brought out the relevant issues of women’s rights. In the old days, this was not a simple feat, but a great influence on society and development. Until now, there has been widespread attention and topics in the Wonder Woman movie of last year. In the movie scene, Wonder Woman rescues the main male figure, Steve Trevor. She continually rebuffs Steve’s advances, casting aside the idea that all women want is a husband and children. Even Wonder Woman’s secret identity as Diana Prince becomes a “critique” of the “good girl” stereotype of other comics. Hanley beautifully contrasts Wonder Woman and Diana Prince with the early relationship between Lois Lane and Superman, who tormented and belittled Lois purely for her gender. Diana Prince’s put on frailty before the amazingly inept Steve Trevor thus becomes Wonder Woman’s “performance art” in which she accentuates the stereotype to reveal its absurdity.
“There is an ever-increasing demand for women to be more widely represented in superhero films and the announcement of Wonder Women, which is due to be released in 2017, puts DC Comics ahead of its rival. Rival comic book franchise Marvel,makers of the Iron Man,Avengers and Captain America films, has no public plans to make their own female-led superhero film, despite a high level of interest from fans, many of whom would like to see The Avengers’ Black Widow(Scarlett Johansson) in her own spin-off movie. There had also been rumours that Sony Pictures Entertainment was planning a female-led superhero film derived from their Spider-Man universe but these were never confirmed.”[ref. 2]
This report shows that the producer of the comic company has never decided to open the market for heroin. Although they have got plenty of female characters in the comics, they hardly think of using them. Most of the company usually think of the male character as they always easy to present the strong and reliable image, so that viewers feel at ease when watching. The female character is a challenge to them as it is hard to present both strong and female beauty at the same time. That is one of the reasons they seldom pick a heroine film.
Ultimately, women have been excluded from production workers and continue to be viewed as second-class citizens. Women exhibit great wisdom and perspective that must no longer be ignored. As the United Nations Population Fund states, empowered and confident women are key to advancing development and reducing poverty worldwide. Women who are empowered “contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities, and they improve prospects for the next generation.
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- (2018, March 8). Gender Inequality in Film Infographic Updated in 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018, from https://www.nyfa.edu/film-school-blog/gender-inequality-in-film-infographic-updated-in-2018/
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(2018, January 11). The Brutal Math of Gender Inequality in Hollywood. Retrieved May 30, 2018, from https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/the-brutal-math-of-gender-inequality-in-hollywood/550232/