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The Wrong Kind of Women

By: Naomi McDougall Jones
Narrated by: Naomi McDougall Jones
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A brutally honest look at the systemic exclusion of women in film - an industry with massive cultural influence - and how, in response, women are making space in cinema for their voices to be heard.

Generation after generation, women have faced the devastating reality that Hollywood is a system built to keep them out. The films created by that system influence everything from our worldviews to our brain chemistry. When women's voices are excluded from the medium, the impact on society is immense.

Actor, screenwriter, and award-winning independent filmmaker Naomi McDougall Jones takes us inside the cutthroat, scandal-laden film industry, where only five percent of top studio films are directed by women and less than 20 percent of leading characters in mainstream films are female. Jones calls on all of us to act radically to build a different kind of future for cinema - not only for the women being actively hurt inside the industry but for those outside it, whose lives, purchasing decisions, and sense of selves are shaped by the stories told.

Informed by the journey of her own career; by interviews with others throughout the film industry; and by cold, hard data, Jones deconstructs the casual, commonplace sexism rampant in Hollywood that has kept women out of key roles for decades. Next, she shows us the growing women-driven revolution in filmmaking - sparked by streaming services, crumbling distribution models, direct-to-audience access via innovative online platforms, and outside advocacy groups - which has enabled women to build careers outside the traditional studio system. Finally, she makes a business case for financing and producing films by female filmmakers.

©2020 Naomi McDougall Jones (P)2020 Beacon Press

Critic reviews

"Drawing on more than 100 hours of interviews and abundant studies and news articles, actress, writer, and producer Jones makes her book debut with a spirited critique of the film industry’s treatment of women at all levels.... Jones offers concrete suggestions for change within and outside of the industry, including by filmgoers who should 'vote with your dollars.' A bold, convincing call for new voices and perspectives in cinema." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Debuts with a timely look at how women are undervalued in Hollywood, on and off the screen.... Film viewing will never be the same after reading Jones’s insightful look at the reality of being female in Tinseltown." (Publishers Weekly)

"An intriguing read about how influence works in the film industry, for people in it; also relevant for the way it spun conversations around #MeToo." (Library Journal)

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