A Washington Post editorial board has called for a change in how women are portrayed in media, including on television and in movies and TV shows.
In a piece titled “The problem with women in Hollywood,” the editorial board said there is a lot of “misogyny” and said that the gender pay gap has not improved in the past decade.
It noted that women are now making a “largely invisible contribution” to movies and television shows.
“In our society, women’s voices have been reduced to mere statistics, or, as the article’s authors put it, ‘no one speaks about their body.'”
“The public seems to have lost sight of the fact that women’s bodies are more than just numbers in the public mind, and that women speak, write and act on the behalf of the world,” the board wrote.
“We know that the media, both traditional and online, can help to make the world a better place.”
The board called for “a shift in the way that we talk about women’s body in movies, television and on-screen.”
“We must recognize that the public doesn’t want to hear about our bodies and that the more we focus on the female body, the more women will be able to feel the impact of the media’s representation of them,” it wrote.
The editorial board, which includes a long list of women in the media including actress and writer Gina Rodriguez and actress Rachel McAdams, said women’s representation in Hollywood is “large and pervasive.”
“To say that women aren’t valued in Hollywood, or that women have not been given enough time, attention and recognition in the world of media, is not only wrong, it’s dangerous,” the editors wrote.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board on Thursday wrote that women who are “strong, independent and confident” have “a disproportionate number of roles in Hollywood” and argued that Hollywood is failing to “understand and reward these women.”
The Wall Street Review editorial board last month called for greater diversity in media.
The editors also said women should be given more time in Hollywood to do “the right thing.”
The New York Times editorial board in May called for women to be treated like men in media but said that it “shouldn’t be a choice, but a responsibility.”
The editors wrote that they “don’t want a world where women are ignored, and men are assumed to be better, stronger and more confident than women.”
They also called for men to have “more time to be themselves and to pursue their own creative visions” and “to be more visible in the workforce and to become more responsible for their own careers.”
“In the next few years, we are in a moment where the media has to do a better job of representing all of its constituencies,” the New York Review said.
The Post editorial was published after the New Yorker’s The Cut newspaper published an op-ed by writer and activist Lauren Duca, who said women in film and television have been “stereotyped as objects of male desire” for decades. “
Women’s representation is often invisible, and they need to have the same opportunities and opportunities afforded to other minorities.”
The Post editorial was published after the New Yorker’s The Cut newspaper published an op-ed by writer and activist Lauren Duca, who said women in film and television have been “stereotyped as objects of male desire” for decades.
The editorial board wrote in its piece that the lack of representation in the entertainment industry “has long been a result of sexism.”
“It’s an unfortunate fact that Hollywood’s male gaze is the one gaze that makes women invisible,” the letter said.