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Study finds unequal treatment of women in film

Study finds unequal treatment of women in film



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SALT LAKE CITY -- If you're going to the movies this weekend, pay close attention to the characters. You may notice some unequal treatment.

According to a recent study, women are more likely to be dressed provocatively than men, and female teenage characters are most likely to wear sexy clothing. Women get far fewer speaking roles than men, too.

"You know, I thought we'd gotten better as far as equalizing," said KSL Movie Show critic Steve Salles. He says this study by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California worries him.

Salles has daughters and wonders how they perceive themselves because of the way Hollywood objectifies women. "We really haven't progressed very much, as far as how we perceive people in movies," he said.

The USC study also found out inequalities behind the camera as well. There's just one female for every five male directors, writers or producers.

Email: mrichards@ksl.com

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