Too Many Men Reviewing Films, Say Female Critics

By: E&P Staff

According to a study released Tuesday by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, men write the overwhelming majority of all film reviews.

The study, believed to be the first of its kind, examined the numbers of men and women reviewing films at the top 100 U.S. daily newspapers during the fall of 2007. The study found that in the newspapers that published film reviews, 47% had no reviews written by female critics, writers or freelancers. In contrast, only 12% of the studied newspapers had no reviews written by male critics, writers or freelancers.

In general, according to the study, men wrote 70% of the reviews in the newspapers that were studied.

The study was released on the Web site of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ), an organization of leading female film critics and journalists from across the United States.

“Film critics interpret, contextualize and make recommendations about one of the world’s most popular and influential forms of entertainment, and one of the nation’s largest industries,” said AWFJ president Jennifer Merin in a statement. “This important study shows in concrete and shocking terms that women?more than 50% of the population? are still being left out of a national discussion of sweeping cultural and financial significance. ”

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