Curated Clicks: Kids These Days Love Censorship
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KIDS THESE DAYS LOVE CENSORSHIP, APPARENTLY
In another blow for free speech, a Pew Research Center study has found that millennials are more likely to say the government should prevent people from saying things that are offensive to minority groups. While most Americans don’t support censorship, millennials are more inclined to say yes, stop that doubleplusungood speech.
Via the Pew Research Center:
We asked whether people believe that citizens should be able to make public statements that are offensive to minority groups, or whether the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things. Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups, while 58% said such speech is OK.
Even though a larger share of Millennials favor allowing offensive speech against minorities, the 40% who oppose it is striking given that only around a quarter of Gen Xers (27%) and Boomers (24%) and roughly one-in-ten Silents (12%) say the government should be able to prevent such speech.
The Daily Signal: Poll: Censorship More Popular Among Millennials
‘INCLUSIVITY’ SHOULDN’T MAKE HALF THE POPULATION FEEL UNSAFE
A rape survivor wrote this haunting piece for The Federalist speaking out against unilaterally allowing people of both genders into either restroom to accommodate for transgender individuals.
The Federalist: A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms
HOLLYWOOD BY THE NUMBERS
We all know Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid less to star in “American Hustle” than their male counterparts. But this New York Times piece goes far more in-depth into the world of women in film, featuring quotes from women who talk about everything from how they have to fight to produce and direct action movies to why female filmmakers who are moms often don’t talk about their kids.
Female directors are in what ‘‘Girls’’ creator Lena Dunham calls ‘‘a dark loop.’’ If they don’t have experience, they can’t get hired, and if they can’t get hired, they can’t get experience. ‘‘Without the benefit of Google,’’ Headland said, ‘‘ask anybody to name more than five female filmmakers that have made more than three films. It’s shockingly hard.’’
The problem is so glaring that in 2005, the actress Geena Davis, who would go on to start her own gender institute, commissioned Stacy Smith, a researcher at the University of Southern California, to study the issue and help push the studios beyond Dude World. From 2007 through 2014, according to Smith’s research, women made up only 30.2 percent of speaking or named characters in the 100 top-grossing fictional films.
But the most wildly lopsided numbers have to do with who is behind the lens. In both 2013 and 2014, women were only 1.9 percent of the directors for the 100 top-grossing films. Excluding their art-house divisions, the six major studios released only three movies last year with a female director. It’s hard to believe the number could drop to zero, but the statistics suggest female directors are slipping backward. Prof. Martha Lauzen of San Diego State University reports that in 2014, 95 percent of cinematographers, 89 percent of screenwriters, 82 percent of editors, 81 percent of executive producers and 77 percent of producers were men.
New York Times Magazine: The Women of Hollywood Speak Out
A few more bites:
‘‘Women who say it’s not O.K. are wet blankets or sore losers.’’ – Actress and director Helen Hunt on the gender gap in Hollywood, via the New York Times
“Look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.” – Hillary Clinton earlier this month at a campaign stop in New Hampshire before she swore off the phrase “illegal immigrant,” via the Washington Examiner
“The bar is unreasonably high. The bar for dedication to professional life, the bar for how much money you need to make. It’s like everyone there has absorbed as a normal line of success what’s a completely unusual measure for success. I interviewed a lot of shrinks, who told me their patients come in with terrible anxiety because they haven’t made, say, $10 million by the time they’re 40.” – Journalist Hanna Rosin talks about the tragic teen suicide problem in Silicon Valley with Re/code