Nook on the Street, Feb. 13, 2018
In light of the recent wins from the Grammy’s along and with media coverage concerning women’s representation in the music industry, what is your opinion on the state of demographic representation in the media?
“In the music industry, I don’t think there is as much of a disparity in representation. When I think of pop music, I think of artists like Beyoncé and others like her. Now when I think in other areas like movies and acting, that’s a little bit more of a skew toward male leads. Even within music, certain genres seem to have different demographic skews like in rap or rock, where it tends to be more male dominated, but it would seem like pop is the platform for women’s voices.”
Cory Elbell, freshman, undecided.
“I feel like women in pop culture are pretty well represented. There are a lot of music idols that are women. When it comes to executive positions in media, when I watch movies, I do tend to see a lot more male directors at the end credits, but that might simply be because less women tend to go into that particular field.”
Angelina Martushoff, senior, biology.
“If we take how many people want those jobs versus how many people have those jobs, I’m not sure if they’d be considered underrepresented. I’m an engineering major where the majority of students within that discipline are males, but that’s probably because it’s something that interests men more than women. On the flip side, there’s nursing which is a profession that’s largely held by women. I don’t know if that’s a symptom of culture or if it’s genetic, it’s hard to say.”
Austin Laber, junior, civil engineering.
“As someone who is pursing film as a career, I have to be mindful of discussions around representation. I know that when the show Iron Fist first came out people asked, “Why did they cast a white guy as this character who does martial arts and kung-fu.” That’s because he was white in the adapted comics, it was the original creator’s decision to have him that way. It all depends on the message you want to tell really. There’s instances where it’s inexcusable, but there are times where it’s not as big of a deal as people make it out to be.”
Kelsey Nore, senior, theatre & film.
“It seems that there is an effort to try to achieve equal representation, but I think that there needs to be more of a push to document the results to see if there is any actual change happening. It would seem that a lot of articles and things directed towards college students tends to be more accepting of everybody.”
Payton Ridley, freshman.
“It seems like representation is on the rise. I think that there is a lot more diversity than there’s ever been, which is exciting to see. Of course, I always think there could be more diversity and more discussions on it. The #metoo movement brings attention to topics that used to be very taboo not too long ago. We find out about how many women have been affected by sexual assault in industries and that even women in power are victims of things like that. I’m glad to see that people aren’t shying away from these topics.”
Sara Williams, senior, social work.