Leading Men Age, Leading Women Don’t | Vulture
There are more charts if you click through.
I’m so glad this info graphic is going around, because so many people don’t realize how ageism and misogyny play hand in hand and how the sexualization of young girls play into this.
Santoine: This is an important graph I felt you all should see and understand
I was *just* thinking about this.
Great example of how you can manipulate graphs to make things look a certain way. And since when was Johnny Depps character and Keira Knightlys character in Pirates of the Caribbean romantically involved? They shared one awkward kiss but there was clearly another romance going on, between her and Orlando Blooms character.
I would also like to point out that a lot of these male actors have aged very well, they can still pass younger, while it’s harder for a woman to pass as younger than she is. Brad Pitt is two years younger than George Clooney, but he looks a lot younger. Johnny Depp is also 49.
Obviously youthfulness is something that is more valued in feminine people and masculinity does not always “suffer” from aging, which is how the mainstream views the world.
I feel bad for all the young male actors that get roles taken by older men, they are the ones that are “mistreated” in this situation.
Edit: …and by that I mean that the sexualization 25 somethings is normal because that is when humans are at their “peak”, don’t call a woman that’s past puberty a “young girl”. That’s just fucking insulting. Doesn’t the sexualization of older men “play into this”? I guess not because women are always the fucking victims right? It’s not like this patriarchal society affects all genders or anything.
Do you have some sort of evidence to back up the claim that these graphs are manipulated to show something? Genuinely curious—I’d like to write a much longer blog post on this and I want it to be accurate.
But furthermore—did you ever for a moment consider that maybe the reason that men can “pass” as younger than they are is because we have been socialized to see male aging as more attractive than female?
Furthermore, there is nothing to feel bad about men for of ANY age when it comes to representation in the media. While these older men are getting roles, younger guys are acting too. It’s just that when those younger guys age, they can still get work, unlike their female counterparts.
Seriously…I want you to name 4 women over 40 who are still actively working in Hollywood who you could make similar graphs about where 80% of the time they are older than their male romantic interest.
Listen: I totally agree that the patriarchy hurts us all, but this simply isn’t an example of this. This IS the nexus of ageism and sexism. If you add in race, the representation of women plummets even more.