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Disney will use a new tool to review gender biases in its film and television scripts

Disney will use a new tool to review gender biases in its film and television scripts

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Disney will use a new tool to review gender biases in its film and television scripts


Geena Davis is recognized for , work in productions such as The Accidental Tourist, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Thelma and Louise, Stuart Little Y GLOW, but the actress has also been dedicated to advocating for representation in the entertainment industry through The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, an organization that aims to educate content creators, distributors and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconscious bias in the cinema and television.

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media recently took one of its most important steps in that regard, as the organization sealed an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to implement a new tool that will allow the study evaluate the scripts of your projects for film and television for unconscious biases that can be qualified as discriminatory.

Specifically, The Hollywood Reporter explains that this tool called GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias It was developed by The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media based on a patented machine learning technology at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

This technology allows GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias to “quickly analyze the text of a script to determine your number of male and female characters and if they are representative of the real population in general, ”according to THR. “Technology can also discern the amount of characters that are people of color, LGBTQI, who have disabilities or who belong to other typically underrepresented groups and spoiled by the storytelling in Hollywood. ”

In addition, this technology will also allow the study to quickly count the genres and ethnicities of the characters, evaluate the number of lines in a conversation that the different groups have, the level of sophistication of the vocabulary they use and the relative social status or assigned positions of power to the characters according to their group.

According to Davis, the objective of the implementation of GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias It's not “shame or blame” to the scriptwriters, but rather aims to reveal an unconscious bias that is commonly manifested even in works that pretend not to.

Thus, the actress argues that with the data in , hand, modifications could be made in the scripts so that they perpetuate stereotypes.

“There is a category of gender inequality in which the underrepresentation of women can be solved absolutely overnight, and it is on the screen,” said Davis. “The next project someone does (the next movie, TV show) can have a gender balance. We can make this change happen very fast. In the time it takes to create a new program or a new movie, we can present a completely new vision of the future. ”

Disney has not given more details on how it plans to use this tool in its next projects, so the question arises as to how this will influence the creative development of the next bets of a company that controls several important divisions in the entertainment industry.

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