Narrating women workers’ perceptions of sexism and change in the Australian screen postproduction sector before and after #MeToo

Kath Dooley, Julia Erhart

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Abstract

This article interrogates the localized experiences of present-day workers who identify as women in Australian postproduction sectors, including editing, visual effects (VFX), and animation, exploring sexism and perceptions of change in the age of #MeToo. Considering the significant numbers of women working in these sectors, and the scant research into their experiences undertaken in an Australian context, the authors conducted semi-structured interviews with ten women in various roles and in various geographical locations in Australia. This qualitative approach to data collection aims to explore inequalities that may not be captured in industry surveys, providing fine-grain details of the ways that individuals in postproduction experience sexism. The resulting data suggests that while there is continuity between the gendered experiences of these workers and that of women in industry sectors that have already been documented, there are, however, new observations about changes in workplace behavior in the sector, brought about by growing public awareness of industry discrimination and harassment and of shifts in Australian industry policy. The authors isolated recurring themes within women’s gendered experiences in relation to how they perceived the impact of the gender-equity initiatives on the attitudes of their co-workers, their workplace opportunities, and their experiences as workers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-687
Number of pages17
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Volume23
Issue number2
Early online date3 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Postproduction; sexism; film industry; #MeToo; working conditions
  • Postproduction
  • sexism
  • #MeToo
  • working conditions
  • film industry

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