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where's the soundtrack to my life?

October 26, 2017

When it comes to analyzing sound in film and other commercial environments It’s hard not to mention the differences when it comes to men and female communication. Much compared to the hero and outlaw, we use different story techniques to convey gender roles. Besides from the obvious that different bodies sound different- Why is it that the set surrounding females so different compared to men?

I read a report that was written by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen and published in The Research Center For The Women In Television And Film. And it doesn’t feel so strange that women mostly are portrayed with the male gaze prominent focusing in a film. In 2016 females were only 37% of major characters. Which was an increase in 3% from 2015. AND a recent historical height. Anyway, the result of this report indicated that the audience was more than twice as likely to see male characters compared to female. It also showed that films with at least one female director and writer featured a higher percentage of females in speaking roles compared to films with exclusively male directors and writers.

In a different report featuring the same researcher discussing the behind-the-scene employment within the top 250 domestic grossing films with the duration of a decade - the results were similar. The product designers were only represented by 20%. The production managers/ supervisors were 25%-44% female. And the sound designers/ supervising sound editors was only 5% female.

Now, these are numbers from a survey being published in 2008. But isn’t it scary that a business that to a large scale controlling our artistic, social and emotional behaviors was underrepresented by women to that extent? And why do I get so shocked by the numbers? I’ve seen the movies, heard the sounds and understood how the ‘adult’ world works through movies. No wonder that I’m disappointed that I don’t get a soundtrack to every moment of my life. Lucky there’s earphones.

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