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Communication breakdown

Study suggests Hollywood still thinks women are better seen and not heard

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That’s where even the Annenberg School’s Stacy Smith underestimates the gravity of the situation, just a little bit: “Some of this is a function of the fact that we see more males working behind the scenes than females, and they’re telling the stories that they know,” she tells the L.A. Times. But if women are more than half the population, then the stories those men “know” should be populated accordingly. These fellas have mothers and sisters and significant others. (Or, as they’re known at the Hollywood-executive level, “paid escorts.”) The members of the industry’s old-boys club aren’t depicting the world they know, but the one they want to see: one in which women aren’t around much, look great when they do show up and kindly vamoose before they can spoil the view by talking.

To put a rancid cherry on the whole rotten sundae, the speaking-part breakdown in the Annenberg study was unchanged from the previous year. Why might that be? Despite all the supposed advancements in society, why do women remain an underrepresented, comparatively silent minority in the medium that’s purported to embody our most fervent hopes and dreams?

Hell if I know. I should probably set aside time to think about it. But honestly, I’m spending all my free time on this Herman Cain website, where he’s warning any broad he might ever have attacked that she’ll keep her mouth shut if she knows what’s good for her. I swear it’s just a riot.

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