Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.
Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will.
At least the ancient Greeks were being honest.
17% of cardiac surgeons are women, 17% of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice?
…We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17% women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33% women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.
This is what gets me about the naysayers who insist movies (or video games) don’t need any more women in them: they’re defending a ratio that is not even close to the makeup of our planet. “What, do you want all media to be 50/50 men and women?” they scoff. Maybe not, but can’t we do better than 1 in 5? I say we can.
Women are your customers. Stop pretending that they don’t matter. And stop insisting that men can’t accept a woman on screen.
33% is perceived as more women than men. This is what I like to call manthematics.
“What, do you want all media to be 50/50 men and women?”
Media being 83% men is far less realistic a scenario than all media being 50/50 men and women. And yet it’s common. Even a strictly-enforced 50/50 ratio of men and women characters would be more reasonable than the current cultural norm.
Icecream on a cold day😍