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“The headless women of hollywood” project calls out sexism in film


In each of the posters featured in the project, women’s bodies – often their derrieres, breasts or legs – are the main focal point, however their heads are nowhere to be seen. (…

“By decapitating the woman, she becomes an unquestionably passive object to the male gaze. The question of her consent is removed completely alongside her head, and her purpose becomes solely that of being looked at by men obediently.

“Her value is that only of her sexual appeal to men and not of her personhood.”

Headless Women of Hollywood catalogues all the heinous posters from across the tv, film and advertising industries that include women’s headless anatomy as their main selling point. NEWSFLASH: women are sentient beings with both brains and complex inner characters, even though they’re often not given such roles in movies.
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Mark Ruffalo Answered The Sexist Questions Scarlett Johansson Typically Gets During Press Interviews

Scarlett Johansson (similar to many other female celebrities) has to field a lot of sexist questions during press interviews. (Examples here, here and here.) In a recent interview however, the types of questions typically reserved for Johansson were given to her “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” co-star Mark Ruffalo.

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Oscars 2015: John Travolta’s kiss sums up sexism in Hollywood – Telegraph

John Travolta kisses Scarlett Johansson as they arrive for the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California (Photo: EPA/PAUL BUCK)

Johansson was posing for photographers in an emerald green gown from Atelier Versace, when suddenly, in a tuxedo from goodness only knows where, John Travolta came looming into view.

He slunk in close, lips puckered like a horse’s bottom, and planted a wet-looking kiss on Johansson’s cheek.

She didn’t react: even when his right hand crept around her waist, her gaze remained steady, her own arms by her side. She said nothing, but the look she shot the cameras said everything.

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Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2014 | Patricia Leavy, PhD

Sadly, the mainstream media’s addiction to sexism has yet again provided us with a long list of competitive material for our annual top 10 sexist media moments. The media are sexist in a variety of ways, but most apparent is the manner in which news is reported and that they just can’t seem to control themselves at inventing stories that, well, aren’t really news — think: the endless reporting that happens about celebrity looks and gossip

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Gender-flips are a simple and smart way to turn sexism on its head

Australian comedy duo Bondi Hipsters have gone viral by subverting Miranda Kerr’s GQ photoshoot – and even Jennifer Lopez has got in on the act

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Sometimes the best way to make a point about sexism is also the simplest. Australian comedians the Bondi Hipsters parodied this month’s British GQ by showing heavily bearded Dom Nader mimicking the naked poses struck by model Miranda Kerr. Their shoot went viral. Christiaan Van Vuuren, Nader’s real-life alter ego, told the Huffington Post that the idea was a response to “the over-sexualisation of the female body in the high-fashion world. For some reason, as soon as you put a man in there … it’s an entirely different thing that we aren’t used to seeing.”

Gender-flips used to challenge sexist stereotypes are having a moment. Last week, in a Guardian video, Leah Green went undercover, acting out scenarios reported by women to the Everyday Sexism website. She asked a barman if he’d give her a lapdance, for example, prompting obvious bemusement.

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Top 10 Sexist Media Moments of 2013 | Patricia Leavy, PhD

In 2012, the media shamefully spun stories that sexualized women athletes (the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team), called women voters too emotional and mindless, tried some good old-fashioned “slut shaming” (Rush Limbaugh on Sandra Fluke) and kept insinuating Jennifer Anniston had a “baby bump.” We are sad to report that little has changed.

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Study Shows The Exact Age Actresses Begin Getting Paid Less

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Researchers examined the top 265 earning actresses and actors in Hollywood films from 1968 to 2008. While a female movie star’s average salary per film steadily increases in her 20s, this number drops off rapidly after she turns 34. Male actors’ compensation however, peaks around age 51 and shows no signs of decreasing with age. According to the study, “Men’s well-worn faces are thought to convey maturity, character and experience. A woman’s face, on the other hand, is valued for appearing young.”

Hollywood doesn’t allow women to age, which encourages the idea that growing older is not acceptable — even though it is inevitable (and beautiful).

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Brave character’s sexist ‘remake’ triggers outrage

Disney is being flailed by critics for producing a glammed-up, thinner and sorta sexualized version of Princess Merida, from the Pixar film Brave, for her entry into the Disney Princesses Collection. The “new, improved” Merida may continue Disney’s age-old habit of making female characters into wide-eyed, shapely babes, but it deliberately contradicts the entire point of the original Merida character.

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Some readers are probably going, “WTF?” at this point, maybe thinking, “It’s a cartoon, pal, what’s the big deal?” It’s a big deal because the new version sends a message to kids that the preferred look and attitude for girls is sexy and doe-eyed rather than spunky and resourceful. Kids pick up on those kinds of cultural messages a lot more than many parents realize, and it’s high time Disney realized that the world has changed since the Snow White days of 1939.
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5 Ways to Help Boys and Girls Understand Sexism in Movies | Soraya Chemaly

Given the world we live in, there is simply no way to stop kids from talking about, seeing and enjoying what are clearly overwhelmingly gender biased stories being told by their entertainment media, movies (and related derivative products) in particular. As I recently couldn’t help but point out, in this seasons round of must see family movies only Breaking Dawn has a female lead. Yup, an insanely compelling, masochistic, teen-abstinence-poster-child, vampire-to-be gal.

The thing is, I gobble up these movies like chocolate and my kids really enjoy watching them, too. Most of the ones we see together are fun, thrilling, beautiful to watch and, if we’re lucky, well-written. The fact that most stories are told from a male perspective (for example, 75% of speaking roles are held by males) and that my three children are girls is irrelevant. They, like most girls and women, have grown up empathizing with male heroes and stories and ignoring the marginalization of their gender. If they refused to see “a boy’s movie” with the same disdain and scorn that many boys show for “a girl’s movie” we would rarely walk into a theatre.

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