Although recent studies have confirmed that women made great strides in movies last year and that their legs looked really nice while doing so, even the increased demand to see more of female characters and particularly their upper-body region could not save them from being "dramatically under-represented" in 2011's 100 top-grossing movies. That's the conclusion recently reached by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, anyway, who says that—even taking into account "aliens and animals," whose inhuman nature will not save them from being discriminated against, apparently—only 33 percent of all movie characters last year were female. That figure actually represents an increase over the 28 percent found during a previous study in 2002, when women were essentially chattel traded for bread and gunpowder. But a 5-percent climb over the course of a decade is still not enough to appease women who see their continued marginalization—and especially the fact that only 11 percent of those female characters were "clearly identified protagonists," compared to the 16 percent in 2002—and lament it as yet more evidence of ingrained sexism, probably because of menstruation or something.
"While there are more female characters on screen today, fewer stories are told from a female character’s perspective," the center's executive director Martha Lauzen said, most likely because the man in charge was busy that day. Forging ahead adorably, she then added that the majority of the female characters who did make it on screen were younger than their male counterparts, less likely to be seen as leaders, and more likely to be "identified by their marital status," leaving the crucial factor of whether the audience was interested in having sex with them yet to be determined by a more in-depth study, you know, once the boys get around to it. Faced with this incontrovertible data, studio executives have already begun addressing the center's complaints by saying they'll come up with some more wedding movies, all right?