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Reddit Movies - Why 95% of Reddit Movies (/r/Movies) subscribers are male?

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agsragsr 540 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator

Reddit Movies


Now with over 15.2 million subscribers, Reddit Movies (/r/Movies) is the most popular place to discuss movies on the Internet.  But, is that a highly skewed demographic of essentially a dude-only club? According to a large scale survey just conducted on Reddit Movies, Pulp Fiction is Reddit r/Movies’ Favorite Film of All Time.  But, the biggest surprise was that 95% of Reddit Movies subscribers who replied were male!


Why aren't more women participating in Reddit /r/Movies? Is Reddit Movies just for guys?


Even the author of screenrant survey results didn't find it surprising. "The survey ended up receiving several thousand responses, which may not seem like that many considering the subreddit has over 15 million subscribers. Perhaps not shockingly, 95% of those who responded were male while only 5% were female."

So what makes Reddit Movies so female-unfriendly, and great for guys?

Is it that women don't like watching movies, don't like to discuss movies, or don't like to discuss movies on Reddit movies?  I always see a good mix of men and women in movie theaters, and know plenty of women who love watching movies and talking about movies.  So it is likely an issue specific to Reddit Movies.

Lets explore Reddit Movies further

What is allowed in /r/Movies?
Movie News and Discussion Regarding Major Motion Pictures.
A “Major Motion Picture” has a verifiable for-profit theatrical distributor. Moderators reserve the right to remove student, charity, indie and vanity projects - we recommend you submit to /r/filmmakers, a subreddit devoted to smaller-scale production. Films getting attention from the entertainment press may be exempted from this rule at the moderators’ discretion.
/r/movies hosts a broad range of content. We curate content in order to maintain a consistent quality across all content types. The rules we use - and the rules we program Automoderator to enforce - are listed below. Please note that we reserve the right to remove any content that we judge lacking in quality, regardless of the requirements listed.

That description sounds pretty harmless to attract female Reddit Movies subscribers.

Lets take a look at some popular Reddit Movies sub reddits


• /r/TrueFilm - reddit movies sub, /r/TrueFilm is a subreddit for in-depth discussions about film. We want to encourage and support in-depth intellectual discussions. Clear, polite and well-written responses should be upvoted; opinions should not be downvoted.

• /r/Flicks - This Reddit movies sub is a casual place for serious discussion. 
/r/Flicks is a place to have serious discussion of film in a more laid back manner. In other words, think of it as a gap between /r/Movies and /r/Truefilm.

• /r/NetflixBestOf - this Reddit movies sub is dedicated to discussion about Netflix movies content. /r/NetflixBestOf is not an archive. Reposts are not only allowed, but are encouraged to some extent. The front page of this subreddit is meant to be a living representation of quality content on Netflix and you might see the same submissions multiple times. The mods are leaving it up to the community to utilize downvotes if they feel that reposts are too excessive.

• /r/ComicBookMovies - this /r/Movies sub is all about Comic book movies. Here you can discuss cinematic and live-action television adaptations of comic books. It has over 34k subscribers, and has useful resources, such as upcoming comic book related movie releases and good discussion about comic book movies.

• /r/Filmmakers - /r/Filmmakers is a Reddit Movies sub to meet, share work, tips, tutorials, and experiences in the field. Professionals and amateurs alike unite to discuss the world of filmmaking. For meaningful participation it requires you to work with /r/Filmmakers moderators to validate your credentials and industry expertise.  This is a place to learn from and share with professionals. In this spirit we encourage detailed and insightful posts, comments, and discussions on the Cinema Arts. Try to enlighten.

• /r/MoviePosterPorn - this Reddit Movies sub Reddit is dedicated to movie posters.  It is Reddit Television cousin of Reddit TelevisionPosterPorn. It has over 73k subscribers.

• /r/BoxOffice - This Reddit Movies sub is not too active (17k subscribers) and is dedicated to what's playing on coming up in the box office.

•Reddit Movies CircleJerk - This Reddit Movies sub is a moderated safe haven for the "disciples of Quentopher Nolantino" whatever that means.

Other Reddit Movies resources

There are also interesting Reddit Movies resources, such as top 250 reddit movies challenge.
Reddit's Top 250 Movies
This list was compiled by having reddit.com users choose their favorite movies, of which the top 250 were compiled into this list.

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  1. Reddit Movies - Why 95% of Reddit Movies (/r/Movies) subscribers are male?

    5 votes
    1. Reddit movies is targetting male demographic by the content it publishes by its users
      60.00%
    2. Reddit movies is not 95% male, the survey is wrong
      20.00%
    3. Women are not as interested in watching or discussing movies
      20.00%
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  • agsragsr 540 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Premium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Not exactly sure why Reddit Movies is attracting such a high percentage of Men vs Women. Likely there are more men in the Reddit Movies but I question 95%, perhaps it was survey self selection bias.
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  • I like both Reddit Movies and Reddit Television discussions.  It is not great for debating, but a good source of information in general and a place to express opinions.  Reddit movies and Reddit TV is less aggressive than Reddit Politics for getting attacked and downvoted by posting opinions. Yet, It is still too unsructured and I prefer format of DebateIsland, especially with polls.

    I can see why Reddit Movies is targeted mostly for guys, but cannot explain the 95%.  It is likely the type of content posted there.
    Maybe that can be an opportunity for a Reddit Movies sub reddit dedicated to women?

    I also like related debate on DebateIsland about Reddit Television.  That would be a great product I would subscibe to. I would want Reddit Television to include Reddit Movies discussions as well.
    http://www.debateisland.com/discussion/628/reddit-television
    Phenenas
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