A website called Puddinghas now been able to truly measure how bad the problem really is by compiling character screenplay dialogues of male and female characters in over 2,000 films (oh, and it’s bad).
And to no one’s surprise, white men appear to do most of the talking... which figures.
A breakdown of the 2,000 screenplays by gender clearly shows a swing when it comes to male characters, with the dialogue in 1,513 films being over 60% male - 301 in this figure had over 90%.
Along with nineteen other Disney films where the male dialogue was more prominent.
Even in films with female leads, such as Mulan, the dialogue remains male dominant - for example, Mushu, her protector dragon, has 50% more words of screenplay dialogue than Mulan herself, who the film is based on.
Despite Frozen having two female leads - Anna and Elsa - it’s the men who do most of the talking with the screenplay dialogue being 57% male and 43% female.
Meanwhile, there are just a handful of films where the screenplay dialogue is mainly female, Inside Out (64%), Alice in Wonderland (65%), Maleficent (68%), and Sleeping Beauty (69%).
Leading ladies are still in second place
While you might expect some of the most memorable leading ladies of popular film to have the majority of the lines - or at least half - this appears not to be the case.
In just 22% of the films analysed, actresses were leading with the most dialogue.
Second place appeared to be a common occurrence for women in 34% of the films.
However, women occupy at least 2 of the top 3 roles in a film in just 18% of the films - whereas for men this happens in 82% of films.
Opposing results for men and women in age
The data appears to show a clear pattern that differs for men and women when it comes to how age affects the amount of screenplay dialogue.
While dialogue opportunities dwindle with age for women as they get older (women aged 22-31 spoke the most words), this doesn’t appear to be the case for men whose dialogue increases with age (men aged 42-65 spoke the most words).
Women who do speak in popular films tend to be younger, while the men that speak tend to be older. https://t.co/EutG8l17CJ