The number of women with speaking roles in major feature film productions dropped last year and hyper-sexualized depictions of women, especially younger ones, remained prevalent, according to a new study from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In 2012's 100 highest grossing films, only 28.4% of speaking characters were female, down from 32.8% in 2009, while the number of teen female characters wearing sexy clothing increased 20% during the same period. "Given that females go to the movies as much as males, the lack of change is likely due to entrenched ways of thinking and doing business that perpetuate the status quo," said Stacy L. Smith, the author of the study.

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