Actress and filmmaker Kristine Gerolaga is sick of the way periods are portrayed in the media, so she set out to make a film of her own that challenges stereotypes and shows us just how unique periods can be. Gerolaga has written and will star in what is currently called ”The Untitled Short Film About What It’s Like to Be On Your Period,” and backers for the project on IndieGoGo will get to contribute ideas for a new title. The short film will star two female leads (when do we ever get to see that happen?) and aims to personify “that time of the month.” To offer support, visit the project’s IndieGogo page!
It’s never really a good year for the Bechdel test. But is it possible that things are degenerating for women in film? According to a study done by USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the answer is yes. A study by Dr. Stacy L. Smith found that over the five years that the researchers looked at — 2007 to 2012 — the most recent, 2012, was the worst for women onscreen. Annenberg’s study found that:
“Out of 4,475 speaking characters on screen, only 28.4 percent are female. This translates into a ratio of 2.51 males to every 1 female on screen. 2012 reveals the lowest percentage of on-screen females (28.4 percent) across the 5-year sample. Only 6 percent of the top-grossing films in 2012 featured a balanced cast, or females in 45-54.9 percent of all speaking roles. Just over a quarter of all narrators (27.5 percent) are female.”
Additionally, women who appear onscreen are depicted more sexualized, especially in the 13- to 20-year-old age group. Last year, over half (56.6 percent) the women in that age group was shown in “sexy attire.” Keep reading »