There is a high likelihood that women will snuggle, giggle, squeal, and sob, relative to men. Conversely, men are more likely to strap, gallop, shoot, howl, and kill.

“She Giggles, He Gallops: Analyzing gender tropes in film with screen direction from 2,000 scripts.” By Julia Silge + Russell Goldenberg Amber Thomas Hanah Anderson The Pudding, 2017.

In January 2016, researchers reported that men speak more often than womenin Disney’s princess films. We validated this claim and doubled the sample size to 30 Disney films, including Pixar. The results: 22 of 30 Disney films have a male majority of dialogue. Even films with female leads, such as Mulan, the dialogue swings male. Mushu, her protector dragon, has 50% more words of dialogue than Mulan herself.

“Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age.” By Hanah Anderson and Matt Daniels. The Pudding, 2016.

Posted by Natasha

Natasha received her MA in Literature and Culture in 2008 from Oregon State University. Currently she lives in Oregon with her husband and cats.

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