Representation in Media, Again

The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.

A recent study from USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism shows that while the conversation on diversity is happening, the statistics are not changing.

  • Women’s percentage of speaking roles in 2016: 31.4
    • Percentage change from 2015: 0
    • Highest percentage in the past decade: 32.8 in 2008 and 2009
  • Genre of film with the highest percentage of female speaking roles: Comedy, 40.8%
  • Genre of film with the lowest percentage of female speaking roles: Action and/or Adventure, 23.4%
  • Of the Top 100 films in 2016
    • Number of films with no speaking roles for Black actors overall: 24
      • For Black women: 47
    • Number of films with no speaking roles for Latino actors overall: 54
      • For Latina women: 72
    • Number of films with no speaking roles for Asian actors overall: 44
      • For Asian women: 66
  • Percentage of speaking characters identified as
    • Gay: 36
    • Lesbian: 9
    • Bisexual: 6
    • Transgender: 0
  • Percentage of characters identified as having a disability: 2.7
    • Of these, 67.7% were male and 32.3% female
  • Out of a total of 900 films and 1006 directors, between 2007 and 2016, number who are
    • Black: 56
    • Asian: 30
    • Female: 34
      • Only 5 female directors worked in 2016

Sources

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Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

 

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