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What it’s like to be a woman in Hollywood | Naomi McDougall Jones


Reviewer: Camille Martínez I’m going to begin today with a story and end with a revolution. (Laughter) Are you ready? Audience: Yes! Naomi McDougall-Jones: Here’s the story. All my life I wanted to be an actress. From the time I was very small,
I could feel the magic of storytelling and I wanted to be a part of it. So, at the ripe age of 21, I graduated from the American
Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,
and ready to take my rightful place as the next Meryl Streep. That’s my grandmother, not Meryl Streep. (Laughter) Now, it’s important for this story
that you understand that I was raised by a raging feminist. I mean, just to give you some idea: when I was five or six years old
and obsessed with “The Sound of Music,” and running around, singing,
“I am 16 going on 17,” all day every day, my mother sat me down
for a very serious conversation and she said, “OK, look. I’m not going to say
that you can’t sing that song, but if you are going to sing that song,
I do need you to understand the extremely problematic
gender construct that it reinforces.” (Laughter) So that’s where I come from. So it just honestly never
even occurred to me that I would be prevented
from doing anything in my life because I’m a woman. OK. So I graduate. And I start auditioning
and I get work, slowly. But I just start noticing
that the parts available for women are terrible. But, remember — I came here to play smart, willful,
complicated, interesting complex, confident
female characters, right? Like Meryl. And all of the sudden, I am wrestling with 300 other
gorgeous, talented women to play … “[Female] No dialogue. The character only needs
to stand on a balcony, look forlorn, and walk back
inside the house. Only partial nudity.” (Laughter) “[Sarah] Brian’s love interest. Attractive, cute, and flirty,
she is the ideal girl and Brian’s prize throughout the entire film.” “[Mom] A proper Southern belle
who is making peace with the fact that her only purpose in life
is to tend to her husband.” “[Abby] Must be OK
with a tastefully shot gang rape, along with performing 19th-century dance.” (Laughter) Those are actual casting notices. And so I just mentioned this
to my agent one day, I say, “I feel like I’m not really
going in for parts that I’m actually excited about playing. And he said, “Yeah. I don’t really know
what to do with you. You’re too smart for the parts that are being written
for women in their 20s, and you’re not quite pretty enough
to be the hot one, so I think you’ll work when you’re 35.” (Laughter) And I said, “Oh. That’s funny. I always thought that when you were 35,
you were kind of, like, over the hill as an actress, that you were relegated to playing
20-year-olds’ mothers.” And he said, “Yeah — (Laughter) It’s just the way it is.” So, maybe a year or so after this, I’m having lunch
with an actress friend of mine, and we’re talking about
how insane this is. And we decide, you know what? No problem. We’ll just make our own movie. And I’ll write and then I’ll write it
about two complex female characters. So we do. We set out to make this movie, and sort of accidentally, we end up hiring
an all-female production team: the writer, directors, producers, and it’s a film about two women. And so pretty soon,
we’re sitting in the office of a successful male producer, and he goes, “OK, girls. So, you do understand that at some point
you are going to have to hire a male producer onboard, right? Just so that people
will trust you with their money.” Over and over again, people tell us, “Yeah, but people don’t really
want to see films about women, so maybe you should think about
making something else. It’s just the way it is.” So we make the movie, anyway. We scrape together 80,000 dollars, and we make it, and it does so well. It gets into tons of festivals
and we win a lot of awards and it’s big and exciting. But these experiences I’ve had
just keep rubbing at me. And so, I just start talking about them, first, at Q and A’s after
screenings of the film, and then I get invited to be on panels
and talk at conferences. And the really amazing thing
is that, to begin with, when I’m just talking to audiences and other people, you know,
coming up in the film industry, the universal reaction is, “Oh my god! This is terrible.
What do we do about this?” But the bigger panels I get on, suddenly an Oscar nominee tells me, “Look, I totally agree
with everything you’re saying. You just need to be really careful
about where you say it.” An Oscar-winning producer tells me that she doesn’t think it’s a good idea
to play the woman card. It’s just the way it is. And I think this is how
sexism continues on in 2016, right? For the most part, it happens casually — unconsciously, even. It happens because people
are just trying to get along within an existing system. It happens, maybe, out of a genuine desire to teach a young woman
the way that the world “just is.” The problem is that unless we do
something about it, that is the way the world will always be. So why should you care about this? Right? I mean, we’re facing some rather
significant problems in the world just at present, what does it really matter
if I can’t get a job, or you’re stuck watching
“Transformer 17,” right? (Laughter) Well, let me put it to you this way: the year “Jaws” came out, Americans suddenly started listing
“sharks” among their top 10 major fears. In 1995, BMW paid the James Bond franchise
three million dollars to have James Bond switch
from driving an Aston Martin to a BMW Z3. That one move caused so many people
to go out and buy that car, that BMW made 240 million dollars
in pre-sales alone. The year that “Brave”
and “Hunger Games” came out, female participation in archery
went up 105 percent. (Laughter) In fact, studies show that the movies you watch
don’t just affect your hobbies, they affect your career choices,
your emotions, your sense of identity, your relationships, your mental health —
even your marital status. So now, consider this: if you have watched
mostly American movies in your lifetime, 95 percent of all the films
you have ever seen were directed by men. Somewhere between 80 and 90 percent
of all of the leading characters that you have ever seen were men. And even if we just talk about
the last five years, 55 percent of the time
that you have seen a woman in a movie, she was naked or scantily clad. That affects you. That affects all of us. We actually can’t even imagine
how much it affects us, because this is all we’ve ever had. Stories — and movies
are just modern stories — are not frivolous. They’re actually the mechanism
through which we process our experience of being alive. They’re the way
that we understand the world and our place in it. They’re the way we develop empathy for people who have experiences
different than our own. And right now, all of that
is being funneled at us through the prism of this one perspective. It’s not that it’s a bad perspective, but don’t we deserve to hear them all? How would the world be different
if all of the stories were told? So what do we do about this? This may be the first time
a lot of you are hearing about this, but a lot of us within the film industry
have spent years — a lot of people,
a lot longer than I have — giving speeches and doing panels
and writing articles and doing studies, and really just yelling at Hollywood
to do a better job about this. I mean, we have really yelled at them. And yet, Paramount and Fox
recently released their slates, and of the 47 films that they will release
between now and 2018, not a single one
will be directed by a woman. So it is beginning to occur to me that waiting for Hollywood
to grow a conscience may not actually be a winning strategy. In fact, it seems to me that whenever there is a small,
ruling class of people who have all of the money
and power and resources, they’re not actually that excited
about giving it up. And so you don’t get change by asking them or even yelling at them. You have to make that change happen through a revolution. Now, please don’t worry —
I promise you, here, now, today, our body count will be very low. (Laughter) So, now before I get to my four-point
plan for the revolution — yes, I have a four-point plan — I have two pieces of very good
and important news for you. Good news number one: there are female filmmakers. (Cheers and applause) Yes! I know! (Applause) We exist! We actually graduate from film schools at the same rate that men
do — 50 percent. So here we have our 50 women. The problem is that as soon as you get
to the micro-budget film, so even the very smallest films, we’re already only directing 18 percent. Then you get to slightly bigger films, indies in the $1-5 million budget range, and we go down to 12 percent. So by the time you get
to the studio system, we’re only directing
five percent of movies. Now, I know some of you out there
will look at this and secretly think to yourselves, “Well, maybe women
just aren’t as good at directing movies.” And that’s not a totally insane question. I mean, we like to believe
the film industry is a meritocracy, right? (Laughs) (Laughter) But look at this trajectory. Either you have to accept that women are actually
five percent as talented as men, which I don’t, or you have to accept
that there are serious systemic issues preventing us from getting
from here to there. But the good news is, we exist, and there is a vast amount
of untapped potential over here. Good news number two,
and this is really good news: films by and about women make more money. Yes! Yes! It’s true! (Cheers and applause) It’s true. The Washington Post
recently released a study showing that films that feature women
make 23 cents more on every dollar than films that don’t. Furthermore, my colleagues and I
commissioned a study comparing 1,700 films
made over the last five years and, looking at the average
returns on investment — so, how much money does that movie make — comparing if a man or a woman
filled each of the following roles: director, producer,
screenwriter and lead actor. And in every single category, the return on investment is higher
if it’s a woman. Fact: women buy 51 percent
of all movie tickets. Films by and about women make more money. And of course, at least
some portion of the male population does also like women — (Laughter) so “women films” are not just for women. And yet, Hollywood only targets
18 percent of all of their films as “women films.” So what you’re left with
is a giant underserved audience and untapped profit potential. So we exist, and we have stories to tell. We have so many stories to tell. And despite everything we’ve heard:
you want to see them. The problem is, we’ve got this thing —
let’s call it “Hollywood” — (Laughter) no, no, I’m just kidding; I’ve met some very nice
people in Hollywood — Hollywood, preventing us
from getting to you. So here is my four-point plan
for the revolution, and everybody — man or woman,
in this room or anywhere in the world — is going to get to help. And this revolution is not just for women. Anyone who has been disenfranchised, anyone whose story has not been told, the same principles apply, and I really hope we can do
the revolution together. My four-point plan. Number one: watch movies. Isn’t this a good revolution? (Laughter) OK, first I want to talk to anyone
who watches movies. Who watches movies in here? Great! Will you pledge to watch one film
by a female filmmaker per month? That’s it, just start there. Great! If you need help finding them, you can go to the website, moviesbyher.com It’s an easily searchable database
of films by women. And as you start watching all movies, I just want you to pay attention
to the female characters. How many of them are there? What are they wearing? Or not? Do they get to do cool things, or are they just there
to emotionally support the men? I’m telling you, once you see this,
you’re not going to be able to unsee it. And as you start noticing this,
it’s going to shift your viewing habits. And this already sizable market
is going to continue to grow. Step two: make movies. So now I’m talking to all
the female filmmakers out there: we need you to be very brave. It will be harder for you to make movies. In fact, there will be an entire industry
constantly telling you that your stories don’t matter. And we need you to make them, anyway. That 18 percent in the micro-budget
range — that is on us to fix. Don’t wait for permission. Don’t wait for somebody to pick you, because 95 percent says
they are not going to. Crowd fund. Write letters to eccentric relatives. I know how hard it is, but you have to make your movies —
now, today, features, not shorts. There is an audience for them,
and they want and need to see them. Three: invest in each other. Fellow female filmmakers, I feel like
we need to stop wasting so much energy on a system that does not want us. We need to find our audience
and invest in cultivating them. If we can figure out
how to make our movies and deliver them
to the audiences that want them, that’s it. That’s the whole game. And whatever they’re doing in the middle is going to cease to be
quite so important. Audiences, invest in us. Help us make the movies
that you want to see. If you can give a female filmmaker
25 dollars in a crowdfunding campaign, great, do that. If you can invest more seriously and help us over that critical
million-dollar hurdle, do that. But invest in seeing
the other half of the story. Four: disrupt through business. So now I’m talking
to all of the businesspeople and entrepreneurs. This does not happen
very often in the world, but right here we have a golden situation in which you can enact
significant social change while also making money. Hollywood is a system ripe for disruption. The old models of financing
and distribution are crumbling — please come in and disrupt it. I’ll give you an example. Right now, with some incredible women, I am launching the “The 51 Fund.” It’s a venture capital fund that will finance films written, directed
and produced by women in that critical $1-5 million range. We will give a significant number
of female filmmakers the chance to make their movies and we will deliver them
to the audiences who want them. Good for equality, good for business. But that’s only one example, we need more. There is room for so many more. So I say to you: Hollywood is leaving money on the table. Come pick it up. (Applause) Now, all of this may seem like a lot,
but it is actually so doable. Entrenched systems don’t change
because you ask the people in charge, they change because all of the people
who don’t have what they want rise up and make that change happen. And don’t you want to? I want to see what the other
51 percent of the population has to say. I want to watch movies
that teach me about people who are different than I am. I want to see women’s bodies on film
that aren’t perfect. I want to give our little boys the chance to empathize with female characters so that they can become more whole men. And I definitely want
to give a little girl who may not have a real-life role model the chance to watch movies and see women doing everything
she dreams of achieving. This is not about
making one industry better. This is about making a better world. Will you help? The time for waiting is over. The time for the revolution is now. (Cheers and applause)

100 Comments

  1. Petko Ditchev Author

    Technology, Entertainment, Design. That explains the dislikes count , which mine is among. Yes, those are pressing issues, but I'm not here for that

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  2. Debby Keith-Maas Author

    I shared this ted because I think she is right… but please woman directors…. make more sci-fi 😀 Thats the movies I like to watch… but I dont see many on moviesbyher… most I see on the list are drama, romance or comedy

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  3. Alianger Author

    10:04 those stats tell you the quantity, not talent.

    11:15 if true in the sense she says it, there wouldn't be a problem besides the director percentage. Obviously the most popular films aren't "about women" in a way she would approve, which feminists complain about all the time. And investors would just go for the female director if it's a guaranteed profit with good data to back it up. So something doesn't add up here.

    Other than that, interesting talk!

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  4. Chimp Assassin Author

    A lot of movies are made and there are more male directors than female directors so there are more movies directed by men it's pretty logical.

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  5. Noah Fick Author

    As a conservative, and a Christian, I completely agree with what this woman is saying. I think that there needs to be way more representation in filmmaking not only with Sexes, is, but with races.

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  6. Tork789 Author

    If movies made by women are more profitable then I don't see how hollywood is to blame there are so few of them. I never even bother checking who is the director, I just watch movies that catch my attention, some of them had female leads.

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  7. The Iron Egg Author

    This makes me think of how they fucked up Ghost Busters by forcing female leads

    My theory:
    People want to see action
    Men are more made for action (hunting, killing, scouting etc.) because of evolution and natural gender roles

    Women like romantic movies
    Women are better at being and thinking romantic

    Don't force female lead characters in action movies pls

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  8. Mandrake Author

    Do movies really influence people's hobbies and career choices, or are you simply finding correlations in data that are sheer coincidence to further your opinion? I suspect the latter. I'd be willing to overlook this misinterpretation of data if it wasn't the crux of her entire argument and the answer to the question "Why should you care?"

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  9. Mandrake Author

    Female directors aside, I don't agree that there aren't roles for strong female characters in Hollywood films; There are so many it's becoming almost cliché in fact. Off the top of my head, films I've seen with not just strong female characters but a strong female PROTAGONIST over the years include:

    Alien / Aliens / Alien 3
    Terminator 2
    Thelma and Louise
    Titanic
    Catwoman
    The Silence Of The Lambs
    Kill Bill
    Mulan
    Resident Evil
    Tomb Raider
    Black Swan
    Million Dollar Baby
    The Hunger Games
    Gravity
    Prometheus
    Jurassic World
    Brave
    Arrival
    Star Wars The Force Awakens
    Star Wars Rogue One
    Ghost in the Shell
    Ghostbusters 2016
    Wonder Woman

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  10. vidhan matolia Author

    1. the viewers don't really care about who directed the movie, who produced it or who the parts are played by (as long as it's played well and the movie is entertaining).
    2. Any industry or a business would just produce things to cater to the wants/needs of the viewers. They will do whatever they think is the most profitable for them. No sane investor would say that the product is great and profitable but they will not invest and earn billions out of their investment, that's absolutely insane. Such a person would just lose all his money.
    3. If you aren't getting a part of a female lead actress, you are either not competent for it or it doesn't fit in with the type of movies people like to watch. Obviously they can't replace Dwane Johnson or Arnold Shwartznegger's role with a female, nor can they replace any of the characters in mean girls with a male character. It's just that maybe people want to watch more of movies where men happen to be in the lead role rather than movies with female lead roles. It's demand and supply. If more movies are made for a very niche market and there aren't enough consumers to make it profitable, the producer isn't going to block his funds there.
    4. Male characters also have to look a certain way to fit the roles as well and very few people get the roles they want to. Men also have to take up roles with no dialogues or roles they don't really want. Not all men aiming to be actors get the roles they want to. very few are selected to be given a role with a decent amount of screen time of dialogues.
    5. If there are no female directors, it is probably because there are less women competing and the ones who are competing aren't competent enough. No producer or distributor would say 'no' to high returns on their money.

    Although, I won't stop you from constantly patting yourself on the back to feel better about being unsuccessful. Nobody is going to take you seriously if you blame it on a made up problem and at the same time encourage everyone to fight for your made up cause.

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  11. aarondavid826 Author

    I have to do dirty things to make it big, it's worth it to get famous but I'll complain about it after the fact. The real hero's are those who said no and aren't famous because of it

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  12. AnnaLaFleur Author

    I feel that a lot of the theories she mentions in the video can also refer to the music industry and other arts! I'm very inspired, great job Naomi!!

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  13. The Terrible Puddle Author

    I really liked the talk up till minute four where she talks about how she made things happen by herself and got things done. You might in an obsolete and stereotypical way say she got things done "like a man". That is really when the talk should have stopped and she could have ended it on the note of "if you want to make/watch a movie about women, stop whining and make it yourself. Nobody is obliged to do it for you."
    But then after minute four she goes all out with the ignorant 21st century feminist view and just ruins the talk with pseudo-science and fallacious logic. I feel so bad for the first and second wave feminism. Those movements were so commendable, but modern day feminist just smears it.
    Here's the deal: Nobody is obliged to wanting to watch your movie and nobody is obliged to make it for you. If you want to make a movie, you cannot expect to do it but for your own satisfaction, and I'll be happy for you to make it.

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  14. xxuncexx Author

    Yeah I think it's just a bad time to release this with the media and all. This was actually really good and she had some great points and insights. Me personally I was skeptical from the title thinking it would be someone playing the victim of male producers but I was wrong and glad I saw it thru. I feel she is right and like her plan.

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  15. mpking1374 Author

    I liked James Bond films when I was young. Saving the world, killing villains, travel to exotic places, and beautiful women. I wanted to be 007 when I grew up. Needless to say I didn't achieve that, now I consider myself a failure. That's how movies can affect people. Another thing I learned… don't let your kids watch James Bond.

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  16. Not J Author

    Yea. I know a LOT of Hollywood women, lived with a number of them too. If you're hot, it's this: "Everyone is so nice! I just got invited to a party, on a boat, a trip to Europe!"
    No, you dummy, that's not real life, you live in Hotgirlland.

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  17. Bread Fan Author

    I'm going to suggest another explanation for the number of dislikes on this video. This is going to be a long post, so bear with me.

    Take a look at IMDB's top 250 movies.
    This is a very diverse collection of movies. Practically all genres are represented, and there are movies from brand new to almost a hundred years old. I doubt there is a single person who likes each and every movie on that list, but no one can deny that those films are popular, or that many of them are unique in some aspect. Undoubtedly, the list reflects the preferences of the public.
    Out of those 250 movies, exactly ZERO were directed by women.

    A social justice warrior's instinct will instantly jump to the conclusion that this is because Hollywood is sexist.
    But not all movies in this list are Hollywood productions. The list is comprised of movies from all over the world.

    So maybe the whole movie industry is sexist.
    But this would mean that the 200 women that have produced or co-produced the films in this list are also sexist against their fellow women directors.

    So, maybe the whole world is sexist. People are voting those movies in the top 250 list because they are prejudiced against women directors. Which means that the millions of women who have voted for those movies must be sexist too, because their ratings usually match those of men.

    Or, maybe it's because so many of those films were created in the distant past, where there may have indeed been some prejudice against women, and producers wouldn't risk giving the direction to a woman. But even if we assume that this was so, out of the 250 movies in the list almost half of them were created within the last two decades. Even if we disregard the fact that many of them are mid and low-budget films, and assign the high-budget 5% ratio of women directors to the list, we should find about 6 movies in the top 250 directed by women. We find none. So, we should conclude that sexism has remained stable or even increased during the last 20 years. I don't think that anyone could actually believe that (anyone sane, that is).

    Or maybe, just maybe, men are better than women at directing movies. Just slightly. And on average. Which means, however, that at the end of the curve, you will find a vast majority of men.
    Or maybe, men are not better on average, but the curve is more widespread. More geniuses, and more really really bad directors. Which again means a vast majority of men at the end of the curve.
    Maybe they are better at telling and visualizing stories, maybe they have a better sense of humor, or maybe they are more twisted, more sadistic, more deranged or anything else that can be useful in creating a masterpiece. Again, on average. Or maybe they are more able to assert their authority and can bend everyone in their cast and crew to their will and their vision. There could be any number of factors that have nothing to do with sexism, which all lead to this result: Men on average make better movies than women.

    And maybe the movie industry knows this.
    And maybe the people who downvoted this talk also know this.
    And maybe those people perceive this talk as an attempt by a feminist to dictate to them what they should like, along with an accusation of sexism that is increasingly becoming typical nowadays when there is a disparity between the sexes, and especially whenever this disparity favors men.

    And maybe I'm wrong, and everything is sexist, everything is racist, everything is homophobic and you have to point it all out.
    What do you think?

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  18. Gameassassin1020 Author

    Hey look at that, she actually said her movement was for all those disenfranchised. Thats what matters most, helping everyone. Down with the idea that women are the only ones being put down, theres a story on both ends. Im with her 100%.

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  19. Júlio César Caye Author

    to the dislikers: yup, this video is about feminism. unlike most of the bs that passes on ted these days though, this is not a "oh, society should do this and that, damned be the patriarchy", but rather a "oh, these guys are assholes, so we are going to do this on our own!"
    this was a very refreshing talk

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  20. Ariel Lorusso Author

    Its fucking comon scence that mono-gender is not good for a plot Its unatural. If you dont have bouth genders in the movie you will need a realy good story that justifyes that. Otherwise is just a "couse we wanted"…. and it will look odd and empty

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  21. Ariel Lorusso Author

    If you want to make a movie you can do it of wathever you want. What you cant do is a movie that does not have the narrative or stile to atract masses and expect everyone to invest money in your project.
    You cand do it but prepare for a bad time.

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  22. Antti Author

    So much righteous anger and indignation. And all based on a faulty premise and poor math.
    1. Men and women are not the same.
    2. If the average or the variance of the skill of men is only a tiny amount higher than that of women, it is enough to make everyone in the top men. That's simply the difference of normal distributions. Basically, women can be 99 % as good as men, but that's enough to make the top 1 % all men.

    Will the next TED have someone as enthusiastically advocate for female plumbers? I doubt it. The upvotes in this video go to show how democracy doesn't work. It's so easy to get people to rally behind someone fighting for the 'oppressed'. If only people didn't mistake nature for oppression and white men for oppressors.

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  23. FrakU2 Author

    Now we need one of these for people of color. There are more people of color on "Black-ish" and "Fresh off the boat" than there are on all of cable and free tv over a 24 hour period! One of the many things you notice when you have little to no representation. Let's not even talk about books.

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  24. Khalid Safir Author

    You have admit that at least to a large extent, Hollywood is just responding to us, the people. Both men and women. Women have been sexualised and we dont want to question our own behaviour but we want others to change their thinking. Maybe women shouldn't be so scantly dressed compared to men (in the West) or maybe we should change how we choose partners – not focus on their looks? Maybe mothers should be respected for taking care of their kids as compared to making money or trying to compete with men in things men do better, at the moment. I'm interested in films with women, they can have fascinatingly deep and expressive characters – love Bridesmaids – about entrepreneurship, fighting your demons, sexuality (equally meaningful for men).

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  25. Shane Cox Author

    You need to stop trying to make films and go see a shrink; you're mental.

    I see a spoilt child that's having a tatrum because she didn't get her own way.

    Instead of looking at male female inequality look at the rich poor inequality. That is a problem that persists throughout the entire world not just some rich kids pretent idea of work.

    Get a grip

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  26. G. Author

    Only weak and failed men (usually very unattractive and uneducated :/) fear equality. Because they know that sexism is the only way that they can survive. And being sexiest doesn't make you look "manly" or "cool". How pathetic lol

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  27. Faraz Hedayat Author

    This talk happened last November according to the title card at the beginning of this video. This means that one can read Ted uploading this video at this time as a form of indictment of Hollywood given the recent headlines populating our news stories about men in positions of power. My only critique is whether Naomi considered there are fewer female film makers not for lack of talent but by volition, not necessarily from contempt of industry, but just through changing priorities? Check out this presentation by Dr. Peterson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj7VgBnQNUc

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  28. tay09876 Author

    I don't really understand a majority of the problems people complain about regarding equal outcome. There aren't enough women in movies, or there aren't enough women directors, or there aren't enough women producers… If Hollywood is full of men who will only hire men(as seems to be the case from the internet), then there should be plenty of room for somebody to start making great movies with all the women that they wont hire. It just doesn't make sense to me unless there is something somebody can point out to me that specifically prevents people from hiring women.

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  29. starfield2 Author

    Those huge filmcompanies are dinousaurs from a time that was long ago.
    I reckon that 20 years from now they are building condos and apartments where they are located now.
    Everything will be going on online and will be distributed directly to the consumers.
    Think spotify for movies.
    Besides it is the chinese that owns Paramount now and those guys arent known for that women should have the same rights and possibilities as men do.

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  30. Fifthforge Author

    one of the best TEDs I've seen. Great speech and you opened my eyes to the truth. I didn't know most of the movies I've been watching were by men. Very interested to keep an eye out female perspective from now on.

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  31. Reapergod36 Author

    Her story seems to fit too well in the sense that every aspect is lending itself to her lecture. There's no out of place thing that doesn't hit another note in her story of self-pity. Any moment that she actually does something that is rather suspect she explains it away by saying it happened by chance. She just happened to hire four women… right… she just happened to have an all women cast on her movie. She was raised in a extremely feminist household and that effected her in no way, right…

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  32. Inna Zhurav Author

    Интересно рассказывает, но прикид у неё, конечно, странный. Или это сценический костюм??!

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  33. Jerry Man Author

    its not the viewers fault … its the contents fault. We are in a big supply&demand world.
    If the general public doesn't care about "FEMALE" movies you don't make money from it. Simple as that. Only feminist care about feminist ideas.

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  34. Lucky Lover Author

    But the reason that films with women in them sell more IS because they're naked and hot… I like the message and I don't disagree but just putting that out there. Not that anyone really cares tho lol.

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  35. FelineHYPER Author

    I actually agree with her about how heavily media impacts society. However money is what drives society so unless people willingly sacrifice their own monetary goals for "moral" objectives, the pattern will continue. This in no way means people can't try to change the marketplace though, and more power to them. If you can convince today's western women to steer away from total degeneracy and convince them that their whole existence doesn't hinge on their sexuality then society will progress much, much faster.

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  36. rozkaz00 Author

    TIL Raging feminists don't rise successful actresses. 🙂 This is almost funny. Little's girl's worldview gets confronted with reality. She met THE MARKET. The Market says it's just not enough demand for what she offers to make real money. It's niche. Men don't want to see this , and not enough women want this. Well, market must be wroong ! She wasted 80K to prove her point but learnt nothing. Now, she doesn't want to risk her own money any more. She wants other people to risk money for her. Shame whole industry until someone risk 100M for her agenda – what world should look like. That's called propaganda. And she's resentful because world is not what mommy said. Welcome to real world kid. Listen what MARKET, and your accomplished colleagues say to you.

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  37. FL free tools Author

    I mean you could say the same about minorities in movies playing their stereotypical roles but you don't see a minority come out on TED talks to voice their complaints, truth is studios go with the market like any other company and if stereo types or sexism sell domesticity and internationally then they'll go for it

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  38. John Trauger Author

    Actually, movies are really bland, shallow and repetitive right now. While some men might watch your films straight away, do not assume that men are being well-served by Hollywood. Consider how you can steal all of Hollywood's audience.

    Shake the status quo up. Make films that you want to see, then see which find an audience. You have to realize they won't all do well.

    And extend a hand to other entertainment genres. I'm sure TV is the same as movies. It's Hollywood too. Women report issues in computer game development too. Get women devs they money they need to make the games they want to play.

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  39. D1V 1K Author

    I don’t choose a film if it’s directed by a man or a woman. I don’t care who the main characters genders are I care about the content. I also don’t choose film because there a barely clothed women in fact the exact opposite such as 50 shades which is actually mainly liked by women.

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  40. Greg White Author

    Well I'm not hugely optimistic at this particular moment about this revolution, these things aren't all going to happen overnight, even if it is a revolution. Speaking of which I'd be very curious about female directed series for instance. My impression is that movies are a little bit outdated by now with the whole obsole Hollywood idea. Big cash is in series which are what really matters nowadays. Ms Jones, it was a great performance, congrats.

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  41. Strange the Reader Author

    1. She's not saying that you have to go see a movie just because it's made by a woman director or screenwriters, she's saying that if you make a small effort to go see movies that you are interested in seeing, and that are made by women than that could help give women better representation in the director, producer, screenwriter side of Hollywood
    2. To all those who are saying "They only create movies that make money ergo movies that people want to see" quit acting like inherent gender biases won't affect how certain people perceive a movie will perform at the box-office, regardless of wether it's actually true or not. People don't always act that practical especially if it interferes with their common practices or long held beliefs.

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  42. MoralSingularity Author

    sorry, but you have to be attractive and/or you have to have a certain aura that comes across to people, and you apparently didnt have that.

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  43. Thomas H.L. Author

    if it was this clear "women movies" make more money, EVERY studio would pick them up.. i doubt they go, "its a great script? Uh wait i can't fund this, a woman wrote it"

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  44. Natalia Aguilera López Author

    So true! Many times while I watch a film I think the female characters are so plain and dumb. The times where I have seen an awesome female characters are usually made by other females or by Pedro Almodóvar…That guy really knows how to make the lady characters, good work man.

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  45. GreenGestalt Author

    I'm not for sexism. But there are some things that do appeal to men. When under the name of "Diversity" or whatever they force women in charge it leads to backlash and poor sales. The textbook industry/publishing shot itself in the foot in the late 70s/early 80s and scifi had a slump. Now video games and comic books are being crippled by the large companies listening to vocal whining and hiring people to fill diversity slots, just shooting themselves again. Major movies are being ruined this way by the occasional token director.

    IMO Hollywood is a trillionaire boys club – but too elite for anyone. It should be ignored and alternative routes made. No, don't "Steal" from them, it adds to the value of their product. Any "Blockbuster" will be in the dollar bin next year, just wait if you want to see it and if you need to talk about it get the buzz, let the person who you care about socially do the talking and uh-huh agree.

    I don't care if the writer/actor/director is a woman – IF it is a good story.

    I just don't want any censorship or banning. Let's say we make a sexist, macho movie "Worriors of Torrggg" and boast we win the Bechdel test by having two women named characters talking about stuff not a man… Temple priestesses on flower arrangements. Then big steroid barbarian bursts in and grabs them… "Woman! Why you scream? OG will give you Many Babies!!!" Well, we don't expect it to do high in the women audience but as long as we aren't strong arming you to see it there shouldn't be protests. Make what you like and let the market and world decide.

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  46. Jake Schmell Author

    I seriously doubt the “movies by/featuring women make more money” statement. That would make the choices of the movie production industry irrational. And “more money” how? ROI or $ profit? She doesn’t say. You can’t just blurt this out without explaining what you’re tracking.

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  47. JAY OH Author

    hollywood is a mens club its the ultimate male space you decide to be a part of that club you just have to except certain things or better yet leave the club all together branch out do your own thing .Hollywood worships the almighty dollar so if your making something that draws in $$$$ whether your female or not is irrelevant hollywood will come knocking on your door .the real issue is these female actresses with all their status power and wealth dont want to step up to the plate and make more female driven projects .I think alot of them are comfortable doing what they do and could care less about more women in the industry as its less competition for alot of them to deal with . make movies people will like and be entertained by leave your identity politics at home stop making this about the fact that your a women is the reason your being under represented in that business start taking the bull by the horns can't sell out of a empty cart ladies put up or shut up.

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  48. helix427 Author

    OK, here is something I don't understand. If female directors, writers and producers make more money, then why aren't there more female writers, producers and directors in Hollywood? What happened to the free market? Aren't the most skilled people supposed to become the most successful? If women at large were that good at making movies they would be getting money thrown at them left and right to make them. What tends to happen is that female filmmakers will get attacked, slandered and denied funding by other women when they make a movie that other women disapprove of. Just look at what happened to Cassie Jaye.

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  49. Charles Henley Author

    I will take your advice and go search out female directed films and watch them. As someone who has never paid attention to Hollywood and its practices I can say making movies is about making money and building franchises. Even the female producers know this and it all starts with the script. And sale able scripts at that. Usually industries form a certain way for various reasons and it is kind of a natural law. There is not a sinister spirit blocking women from doing more in Hollywood it is probably has a lot to do with being aggressive at every level of the process. From script to money to production to selling the idea etc,.etc,. Women need to be more aggressive. It's available now go get it! Right? Like you said there is money available. Women have to make the approach just like the men do!!

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  50. Valkyrie Author

    You know… I really have enough of other women telling me i cant do this and that "because of men".

    Your talk is bullshit and youre not a feminist. There is no female empowerment message here.

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