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UK's V Festival Comes Under Fire for Its All-Male Lineup

V Festival, the UK's Virgin Media-sponsored music festival, is being criticized this week for its all-male comedy lineup. The Independent reports that the festival's comedy stage will feature 26 comedians, all male. After a ton of complaints, the festival responded by saying they tried to book female comedians but that "no one was available." Last year, the event featured four female comedians; the number was zero once again in 2012. This is just one of many stories about sexism in comedy to come out of the UK so far this year, following standup Jenny Collier being bumped from a UK show because "they don't want too many [...]

Paul Feig on the Decline of the Blockbuster Rom-Com

As the current wisdom goes: Men are stubborn; women are flexible. "It's the 'Will you hold my purse?' theory," Feig explains. "A guy's in a store with his wife or girlfriend and she asks him to hold her purse, it's, like, Kryptonite or something. They have to hold it so that no one around them thinks it's theirs. But if a guy says to his wife or girlfriend, 'Can you hold my backpack?' she's like, 'Sure.' She doesn't give a shit. I think Hollywood banks on that."

- from the Village Voice article "Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?" in which director Paul Feig explains why a male "no" carries [...]

'Neighbors' Had a Huge Opening Weekend and Its Audience Was Shockingly Mostly Female

The Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedy Neighbors came out this weekend, earning $49 million at the box office, the highest-grossing opening weekend for a live-action comedy this year. Surprisingly, women made up 53% of the audience for the film this weekend, which isn't exactly what you'd expect from a raucous, R-rated comedy about a war between a family and a frat house. Sure, Rose Byrne, Neighbors' female lead, has a huge part and a lot of funny moments and good-looking guy Zac Efron is in it, but it is still a pretty dude-centric to go over so well with the opposite gender.

'Enlightened' Creator Mike White on American Audiences' Unfair Gender Bias

"If I have a male protagonist, it’s a studio movie, and if it’s a female protagonist, it’s an indie movie. That’s just how it is. It’s not about the studios. It’s about America and who goes to see movies. Women are interested in men and women, and men aren’t interested in the woman’s story. They just aren’t. There are exceptions, but by and large … I mean I do think that it’s feminizing for a guy to go see a movie with a female lead unless it’s Angelina Jolie shooting people or Zero Dark Thirty or something that feels like it’s in the male sphere. The devaluation of the traditional female roles [...]

How Baby Boomers Killed the Modern Romantic Comedy

We are in a confoundingly complex point in gender relations, as evidenced by the number of books, NPR stories and articles on the subject. But while everyone is talking about the problem, no one has focused on the root of the problem, which is actually quite simple. From the late 1960s on, girls (for the first time in history) were raised to play sports, go to college and become independent, career-focused adults (more like boys). Baby Boomer parents changed the way they raised their daughters, but they did not change the way they raised their sons. As a result women now act more like men, but men are behaving as [...]