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Samantha Baines brilliantly calls out Hollywood sexism

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Susan Devaney
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From “fleshy flashing” to “the scream”, British comedian Samantha Baines hilariously breaks down sexism on the big screen. 

Samantha Baines is an award-winning actor, comedian, and radio presenter – yet she constantly finds herself frustrated by seeing sexism on screen.

Of course, she is not alone in this: indeed, directors in the UK recently pledged that half of all publicly funded films would be directed by women by 2020, after their study revealed just 11.5% of UK films released in the decade between 2005 and 2014 were directed exclusively by women. 

It is hoped that, with more women behind the camera, the rampant sexism seen on screen will come to an end. In the meantime, though, Baines has offered her own advice on how we can best tackle sexism on the silver screen (while laughing, of course). 

On fleshy flashing 

“Shouting ‘get your tits out for the lads’ is not acceptable in real life,” notes Baines. “However, in many films it’s literally written into the script. This unnecessary nudity is infuriating and just random.

“The only way to combat this is to show how strange it is by getting naked in everyday environments.”

On the scream

“Why do women in film scream so much?” Baines muses. “I don’t think I’ve ever actually screamed in real life. So I think we need to even out the balance of gender equality in screaming by encouraging men to scream more in everyday life.”

On the damsel in distress

Baines jokes: “Women couldn’t possibly deal with difficult situations. We need men to save us – or so films seem to tell us. One way to combat this, is to show that you have all bases covered at all times by being fully protected [by wearing a helmet, knee-pads etc].” 

On the lack of female dialogue

“I do love a Rom-Com,” says Baines. “But a recent study into film dialogue found that 58% of the dialogue in Rom-Coms comes from the male characters. If the men are getting all the words on the screen we need to cut-down on their chit-chat in real life. 

“So any time a colleague or loved one who happens to male starts talking, be sure to interrupt them. Or, if you sometimes miss your cue, you can just repeat what the man said back to him. Just be sure to insert more words and even up the percentage.”

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