In the three years since the #MeToo movement took flight in the entertainment industry, has bad behavior been curbed in Hollywood? The answer, according to a recent study, is: a little, but not nearly enough.
That’s what the fourth part of an industry-wide survey released by the Anita Hill-chaired Hollywood Commission has found. The national, anonymous survey collected responses from 9,630 people who said they are or have previously worked in the entertainment industry. Respondents shared that gender harassment — demeaning jokes, sexually crude terms or insults based on gender — has been experienced by 62% of males and 67% of females in the last year. The study also showed that one in 10 males and one in five females reported sexual assault in the workplace.
Previous survey: 65% doubt Hollywood’s sexual harassers will be held accountable
The Hollywood Commission report’s intersectional data on sexual coercion and harassment found that multiracial females reported the highest rate of unwanted sexual attention (47%). It also found that individuals who identified a bisexual or preferred to self-describe reported notably higher rates of sexual attention (53% and 77%, respectively) than those who identified as heterosexual or gay or lesbian (32% and 37%, respectively).
In a statement accompanying the report, Hill, a professor of social policy and gender studies at Brandeis University who came forward with allegations in 1991 that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when they worked together, said, “In each category, participants point to high rates of undesirable conduct that continues despite efforts to curtail it. The entertainment industry can and must do better.”
There was one positive finding from the survey: 69% of workers perceive progress in preventing harassment since October 2017, when the #MeToo movement went viral.
In December, the commission will publish a guide with information for entertainment industry employers on what their rights are and how to seek counsel and legal resources for issues of harassment and discrimination.
The complete survey can be found here.
Contributing: William Cummings, Bryan Alexander; USA TODAY