Who’s Telling the Story and Why Does it Matter?
with Bonnie J. Dow | professor of communication studies and dean of humanities for the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University
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Even in 2017, the majority of Hollywood films are made by men and told from the male point of view. Last year, of the top 100 films released, only 29% of the sole protagonists were women. And of those 100 films, only 4% were given to female directors. Recent revelations about rampant sexual harassment and assault in the film industry reveal that gender imbalance in positions of power has tragic consequences. In this seminar, we’ll discuss the staggeringly low numbers of women in power in Hollywood and explore the way women are underrepresented, and poorly represented, on screen. We’ll discuss how increasing the numbers of women in power could alter the dynamics that have allowed sexual harassment and assault to flourish.
Bonnie J. Dow is professor of communication studies and dean of humanities for the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News and Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women’s Movement Since 1970. She is co-editor (with Julia T. Wood) of The Sage Handbook of Gender and Communication and a co-editor of The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume One: 17th –19th Centuries. Her research interests include the rhetoric and representation of the first and second waves of feminism in the U.S.
After this seminar session, please consider staying for BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE, part of the film series, Fifty Cents For Your Soul: Women and the Show Business Boys’ Club.