Researcher: How to break gender stereotyping in preschool | Emilia Clarke: Let's change the conversation about female lead characters | Nina Tassler's "War Torn" follows 9 female journalists during Vietnam
Netflix's highly anticipated new series "First Ladies," starring Jennifer Aniston as the US president and Tig Notaro as her wife, shows the importance of showing women in the highest positions of power in film and television. Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, commented on the importance of media images of women. "It influences our social and cultural norms, our behaviors, and particularly for children, it can inspire them," Di Nonno said. Geena Davis won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the president on "Commander in Chief," in 2006.
How young children understand gender is shaped by societal influences such as toys, media and literature, but gender stereotypes can also be unraveled in preschool-age children by focusing on skills and inclusive behaviors, writes Tania King, senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne. King cites research to explain why boys often feel superior to girls after watching television shows, while girls feel worse about themselves and become more rigid in their view of female roles.
Actor Emilia Clarke, who says she doesn't like it when journalists ask her what it's like to play a "strong female character" or when she is labeled a "strong woman" on screen, suggests journalists ask her instead: "How does it feel to play the female lead in a big blockbuster movie?" Or, "How does it feel to play someone with power in that position?". Clarke suggests, "Take the 'strong' out of it. Find another adjective...Let's just be women."
Nina Tassler of PatMa Productions, which has a partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, is developing a television project called "War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam" for Epix. We are "[t]elling stories about women ... who have not had their stories represented on any kind of big platform before, making sure we're finding writers and voices who have not had their stories told before," Tassler said.
Hollywood is in the midst of a revolution that is exposing deep gender disparity and power struggles that have far-reaching implications for media and society, say Thandie Newton, Angela Bassett, Sandra Oh, Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who all sat down for The Hollywood Reporter's drama actors roundtable. "It takes a while to get to a point in your career where you can actually make a choice. And after a decade of my life on a show [Grey's Anatomy], I had enough economic power to be able to say no," Oh said.
Between 2005 and 2016, men penned four out of every five scripts for the UK's feature films, while women wrote just 30% of UK television shows and men wrote 86% of shows airing at the 9 p.m. hour, a new report has found. The report also notes a decline in the number of female writers at each stage of career progression, showing how difficult it is for women to keep writing despite having credits to their name. Stephen Follows Blog (5/23)
Institute screens "Straight/Curve" documentary in NYC
(LtoR): Laurel Pinson, Jenny McQuaile, Jessamyn Stanley, Claire Mysko, Mary Ellen Holden and Khrystyna Kazakova.
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June 6: Don't miss our next See Jane Salon hosted by 72andSunny in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- "Funny Ladies: Serious Business"
Comedy is crucial in this time of crazy uncertainty, and despite being known as a man's industry, women have taken a powerful role to shift the tone. They're covering incredibly important and sensitive topics while inspiring hope and action.
On June 6, we're bringing together female comedians and writers for a night of stand-up comedy, storytelling and empowerment. Join us for "Funny Ladies: Serious Business." Meet Madeline Smithberg (Co-creator and original Show Runner for "The Daily Show"), Maysoon Zayid (Comedian, actor, disability advocate and tap dancer) and Anna Drezen (Writer for "Saturday Night Live") and more.
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