Saturday, 2 June 2018

Profile of Women - Star Wars not yet groundbreaking!

Even in a movie where the protagonist is a woman, Star Wars is still biased towards male actors.

A new study has ranked the Star Wars films by the amount of time given to female characters – and the original 1977 movie is at the bottom of the pile.

According to Glasgow University lecturer Dr Rebecca Harrison, in Episode IV: A New Hope, women (a category which here includes female robots and aliens) get just 15 per cent of the film's screentime.

Explaining how she arrived at the figures in a blog post, Harrison said that non-speaking characters were not included, and that the definition of "women’s screen time" excluded scenes in which women appear in the background while men talk, or in a purely passive role as a "visual object".

The most recent film included by Harrison, 2017's The Last Jedi, comes top with 43 per cent.

The ranking: Star Wars films by women's screen time
  • 43% Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • 37% Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • 35% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 23% Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • 22% Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • 20% Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • 18% Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • 17% Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 15% Episode IV: A New Hope

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