How Realistic Is Hollywood’s Depiction of Women in Media?


In Vulture’s video series, Expert Witness, we ask scientists, historians, and other professionals to give Hollywood movies a good old-fashioned fact-check.

From The Devil Wears Prada to 13 Going on 30, some of the most iconic movies portray women in media. Is it really as glamorous as it seems? And how many of these films and TV shows use tired tropes like the female journalist who sleeps with her subject? For this episode of Expert Witness, we turned to our own Rachel Handler for answers.

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How Realistic Is Hollywood’s Depiction of Women in Media?