Is the Crappy age gap between Leading men and Ladies unique to India?


Older stars ogling young heroines is something that is prevalent world wide. I have picked out some infographics to illustrate the “Crappy Age Gap” between the leading men and the ladies. The reason is discussed later, but the scope of the answer is to illustrate that this is not a regional movie specific phenomenon. It is something to do with how the media portrays men and women and how we relate it to our lives.

Why doesn’t one ask a question of why Liam Neeson (63) is wooing Olivia Wilde  (29) in the Movie “third person”, but much worried about Sonakshi Sinha (27) pairing with Rajnikanth(63) in the Lingaa.

But first, The age definitely has a stark co-relation with performance, leading actors (Men: Somehow gender bias has asked us to call actresses as actor, I will still keep up with the Latin) mature as they age, they seem to carry the burden of the role and the script much better.   I did some number crunching on the list of Best actor oscar winners –List of Best Actor winners by age, the average age of a best actor winner ever since Oscars were awarded in 1929 is 45 years (44 years and 102 days to be exact).  Which also suggest that leading men just get better with age. Average Best Actress Winners: List of Best Actress winners by age are about 36 years of age, with a higher standard deviation suggesting that women win early or much later in their lives (as the numbers suggest over 7 women who have won best actress well after their 60s)

As you can see in the instances and images below even in the Hollywood – Unsurprisingly, because this is how time works, the leading men get older at a steady rate (and remain leading men). The women they’re wooing (For the lack of a french word), however, stay the same age—around 29. ( I would love to investigate if there is a link between the age of a girl and her attractiveness, but that is for a different day)

 

The question is why not female actors is a different story, It matters anyway, of course, because we place expiration dates on female actors—and, by extension, female humans—that we do not extend to male actors. It’s a problem that manifests in pop culture and is fed by pop culture in a massive, unrelenting feedback loop: We internalize what we see on television (old men with young women; younger = better), and then we pursue that ideal in our own lives, and then we hunger for media that validates our choices and feeds our desires. Around and around. And media isn’t just fantasy—plenty of evidence suggests that the images we consume can profoundly affect our perceptions of the world. Images can change our brains. So would it be so difficult for mainstream films to cast women over 35 in leading romantic roles, and change a few brains for the better.

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