Everyone knows that men do better at the box office. It might even be true. Of course, men typically get bigger budgets, and budget is the single biggest predictor of success. But what if part of the problem is that female characters aren't being taken seriously enough?
Last year Jennifer Kesler at The Hathor Legacy suggested that female action heroes do very well indeed when they're dressed modestly and for action, instead of, you know, slutted up.
Is this true? Let's find out!
I have listed here a fairly exhaustive list of female action heroes from 1992 to the present. (34, to be precise.) You rate them on how professionally and practically they are dressed, then when we have enough votes that the scores are stable, I can run them against box office, controlling for inflation, budget, and anything else that might matter, and we can see if how they are dressed makes any difference in how popular they are at the box office. (I'll also post the summary scores here so you can compare them against box office yourself. No need to trust my calculations!)
To get on this list, the character must be:
**UPDATE** As of December 31, 2011, the order of the characters has been randomized.
**UPDATE 2** May, 2012: see the menu for links to analyses of the data so far. The polls are still open, and others are welcome to analyze the data at any time and send links.
Rate the characters . . .
*Using your name (or a pseudonym) means you can come back and change your ratings if you want, or quit halfway through and finish up another time.