When was the last time you saw a movie when a girl or women was not sexualized? If you can name one without having to rack your brain that would be surprising because in today’s society women are constantly over-sexualized and objectified when it comes to film.
Our contemporary Western culture has transformed into a hyper sexualized society. We have gradually divided sexfrom production and reworked it to be a mean of pleasure (Atwood, 2006).
Film has become a mirror of society’s view of the female body. University of Southern California’s School for Communication and Journalism released a study examining on screen portrayals of each gender. They examined the 100 top-grossing films from 2009. They found that females are more likely than males to be shown in sexy attire (25.8% vs. 4.7), with some exposed skin (23.6% vs. 7.4%), and referenced as attractive (10.9% vs. 2.5%) (Smith, Choueiti, & Gall, (2010). Another shocking fact, teenage females ages 13-20 years old are just as likely as adult women to be portrayed in a sexy light. When it comes to women over 40, only 3.9% of them are made up to be attractive (Smith, Choueiti, & Gall, 2010).
Actresses are continually being objectified in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. The following ten pictures are a small example of this continuous problem.