Monday, February 13, 2006

More on bias in Children's Films

Recently I mentioned an article on gender bias in children's films (published in the Scotsman). The article discussed the findings of a study commissioned by See Jane.

A commenter directed me to the See Jane website for the complete study on gender bias in children's movies. You can read the entire publication ("Where the Girls Aren't: Gender Disparity Saturates G-Rated Films") or a press release on their site, as well as learn more about the See Jane organization. Here are the nuts and bolts of the study:
  • "In the 101 studied films, there are three male characters for every one female character."
  • "Fewer than one out of three (28 percent) of the speaking characters (both real and animated) are female."
  • "Fewer than one in five (17 percent) of the characters in crowd scenes are female."
  • "More than four out of five (83 percent) of the films' narrators are male."

See Jane also provides Film/TV viewing tips for discussing media with children.