Carey Mulligan, Rose Byrne, and Geena Davis ain’t got no time for your sexist crap.
Mulligan talks about her role in the upcoming film Suffragette with Time Out London and takes this perfect opportunity to point out the blatant sexism still happening in Hollywood, and by extension the whole country.
[T]he mere fact that it’s taken 100 years for this story to be told is hugely revealing. This is the story of equal rights in Britain and it took years of struggle and women being tortured, abused and persecuted, and it’s never been put on screen.
It’s such a reflection of our film industry that that story hasn’t been told yet. In terms of the amount of interesting roles there are for women, it’s obviously massively sexist. There’s a lack of material for women. A lack of great stories for women.
It’s true. I don’t recall a film solely dedicated to women suffrage. The only thing that comes to mind is the mother from Disney’s Mary Poppins. And that was a mere footnote in the movie.
Byrne also called out Hollywood’s double-standards against women when she was asked if it’s harder for women to be funnier than her male counterparts. *Sigh*
It’ll be exciting when people are not asking why women are funny. It’s somehow still a subject of conversation, which I find baffling. I mean, they certainly didn’t ask the guys from The Hangover, ‘Wow, this is amazing, five guys can be funny!’ It’s such a double standard.
Rebecca Pahle got to speak with Geena Davis at Film Journal International. If you weren’t already aware, Geena Davis has her own organization called the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. It is the “only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve, gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under.” In other words, the institute has been hugely influential on bringing to light the disparities in Hollywood – like there are only 30% of speaking roles on film go to women.
“We don’t want to just say, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if more films had women directors and had better diversity?,’” said Davis about the Institute. “We want to actually impact [diversity] rather than merely point it out or celebrate when someone gets it right. We want to try and make it happen much more often.”
Davis and the Institute are starting the Bentonville Film Festival. “We’ve had so many movies starring women, directed by women, about women that have been huge successes, and yet we haven’t seemed to get any momentum going,” said Davis. “But we’re hoping this initiative is going to get it going.”
Submissions to the BFF all feature a female or minority lead, director, writer, or a diverse production company.
2015 is steadily turning around and becoming a year for women empowerment, from Patricia Arquette’s rally cry at the Oscars to Emma Watson’s HeForShe campaign with the U.N. These ladies have had it and are taking a positive initiatives to change people’s way of thinking, hopefully putting us all on the right path to real gender equality.
[source: The Mary Sue]