An issue in todays society is equality. A recent blog i read talked about inclusive design and the issues within creative media. Inclusive design could be explained as where you create something for a particular audience which doesn’t appeal to a broad market. two of the major factors of not supplying for all audiences is disabilities, gender and sexuality.
Within film most films have a alternative option for hearing impaired such as closed caption with not only speech but in caption important sound elements like a gunshot or door opening etc. This is extremely important that all films should have this options but what about vision impaired. How in film can we accommodate for them when the most vital element is the visual.
Another issue within the film industry is equality for women. A test was created by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel called Bechdel Test. This test involves you to look at a film and if the film doesn’t contain;
- It has to have at least two (named) women in it
- Who talk to each other
- About something besides a man
After taking some research into this subject i found a demographic on characteristics on women that
“Only 12% of all clearly identifiable protagonists were female in 2014. This represents a decrease of 3 percentage points from 2013 and a decrease of 4 percentage points from 2002. In 2014, 75% of protagonists were male, and 13% were male/female ensembles. For the purposes of this study, protagonists are the characters from whose perspective the story is told.”
These facts are shocking, this shows how bad women are treated in comparison to men.I simply do not understand why after so many years in the progression of women’s rights that these facts haven’t improved more. Even when women might have a high powering female role/job a male is often dominated or have to save the day.
A quote from Kathryn Bigelow on the ACLU calling for an investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood stated;
“I have always firmly believed that every director should be judged solely by their work, and not by their work
based on their gender. Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward-thinking and progressive people, yet this horrific situation for women directors persists. Gender discrimination stigmatizes our entire industry. Change is essential. Gender neutral hiring is essential.”