Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The naked truth: An examination of gender bias in the field of acting
by Chamberlain, Amberly, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 51; 10118892
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis exposes unconscious gender bias in actor training and the entertainment industry. Such exposure will aid teachers and industry professionals in identifying language and practices that perpetuate this prejudice, and ultimately, effect revisions, forging a new standard for good acting. I posit that images generated by an industry that continues to drive this bias through unequal opportunities for women, double standards, and the preeminence of the male gaze in cinematic practices, contribute to situating women as objects of desire, rather than as subjects who command professional equity and respect. I will introduce the science behind this long-standing problem and the need to reorient the brain toward gender equality, thereby offering means through which students, educators, and industry professionals can forge an equitable environment, one that empowers young women to take ownership of their presence in the entertainment industry and thus society’s perception of them.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Jaye
Commitee: Caban, Andrea, Pillai, Shanti
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Theater, Film studies
Keywords: Acting, Bias, Feminism, Film, Gender, Theatre
Publication Number: 10118892
ISBN: 978-1-339-80209-1
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