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A study by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC titled “Gender Bias Without Borders” has shown that females are “significantly underrepresented” in TV and movies across the globe.

The study was presented by Annenberg’s “Media, Diversity, & Social Change initiative.”

The Daily Trojan reports:

The data collected showed that women are missing from film. Within the sample set there were 2.24 male characters for every female character. Only 23.3 percent of films had a girl or woman as a lead or co-lead. Action-adventure movies had the fewest females — out of a total of 5,799 speaking or named characters, 30.9 percent were female. The study also looked at facets of physical appearance, including sexually revealing clothing, nudity, thinness and attractiveness. It found that female characters had higher percentages than men in every category, and a female is just as likely to be sexualized in a film if they are 13 or 39.

Gender imbalance varied by country. The study showed that the United States had one of the lowest percentages of female characters in film, while the United Kingdom had one of the highest. The sample of films that were collaborations between the United States and United Kingdom, however, had the lowest percentage of the 11 countries studied.

Action-adventure flicks had the least amount of women? Surely you jest!

Film student Ipek Kahraman said, “There is a certain male dominance in this industry, and even though there are organizations trying to change the situation like Women of Cinematic Arts at USC, the difference is still obvious.”

So the question then is … so? Does the industry need a “gender balance” to make things … “better?” Do we need more women in, say, the aforementioned action film genre? Or, does the general public actually prefer — gasp! — men in such roles?

Read the full article here.

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Dr. Cyril Broderick, an associate professor at Delaware State University’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, has alleged that the US government “contributed to the Ebola outbreak by using citizens in some African countries as guinea pigs for secret human trials.”

The human Ebola trials “were designed as ‘biological weapons,'” funded by the US Defense Department in conjunction with a Canadian pharmaceutical company, Broderick wrote.

Delaware Online reports:

According to the Daily Observer, a newspaper based in Monrovia Liberia … Broderick said that he decided to publish the letter in response to various Internet reports that implied that the African people are gullible and ignorant.

“I think I have the right to express my opinion especially if I speak the truth and I think it’s best for the truth to be spoken or else we will have worse things around then,” Broderick, born and bred in Liberia, said Friday when reached at his home in Dover.

He added, “I was trying to make sure that people are aware of this and can get some help.”

Broderick hasn’t provided any evidence for his claims, as yet.

Delaware State officials won’t comment on the matter, but said Broderick’s claims “do not come from any research going on” at the university.

Read the full article here.

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Faculty and students from Hood College, as well as local residents, took part in a “March on Frederick (Maryland)” early yesterday.

Supposedly evoking “the same spirit” as the famous 1963 March on Washington, more than 1,200 trekked roughly two miles through the Maryland town.

There was just one … “minor” issue: Attendance at the march for some students was mandatory. The Frederick News-Post reports (emphasis added):

Helena Hammond-DoDoo, a senior at Hood, called the march a great concept that needed better execution. Participation was mandatory for some student groups whether people were truly interested or not, she said.

“If we have absent-minded people sitting here not really listening, what have we really done?” she said.

Many students, like freshman Katie Hippert, said they view civil rights as “freedom for everyone.”

Emilie had a more clear-cut definition: “the right for anyone to go and do whatever they please, as long as it’s lawful.”

Hammond-DoDoo said she believes equality is so broad now that it is difficult to achieve. People should drop preconceived notions and adhere to the basic principle of “treat others the way you want to be treated,” she said.

Walter Olson at Free State Notes offers:

Expecting people to join a cause march whether they are inclined to or not. Expecting them to join a flag salute and pledge of allegiance whether they are inclined to or not. Similarities/differences?

Read the full Frederick News-Post article here.

h/t to Instapundit.

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Two members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity at Rowan are suspended and could face further discipline for recording a female student in a sex video without her consent.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

University spokesman Joe Cardona said the students are able to appeal the decision before any action is final. That process, Cardona said, could extend into next week.

Posted under a caption that began with “Rush TKE,” the video depicted one of the male students having sex with the female student inside the garage of the fraternity house near the Glassboro campus. Rowan learned of the video last week after it was posted to the websites PornHub and Yik Yak and caught the attention of students.

The woman told authorities the sex was consensual, but indicated she did not know it was being recorded on a cellphone. She declined to file a criminal complaint.

The woman did not file a complaint because, she says, she did not want to “ruin anyone’s lives.” In addition, the woman refused Rowan-provided counseling services.

The frat brother who uploaded the video to the ‘net told police he subsequently deleted it at the woman’s request.

Spokesman Cardona noted that the school is “not addressing this through criminal actions” but via administrative means.

Read the full article here.

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Update on this story: Gordon College has a year to convince its accrediting body that the evangelical school’s ban on “homosexual practice” is not discriminatory, the Boston Business Journal reports:

The higher education commission of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges met last week and “considered whether Gordon College’s traditional inclusion of ‘homosexual practice’ as a forbidden activity” runs afoul of the commission’s standards for accreditation, according to a joint statement from NEASC and Gordon College.

The commission asked Gordon College to submit a report next September. The report should describe the process by which the college has approached its review of the policy “to ensure that the College’s policies and procedures are non-discriminatory,” the statement said.

Gordon bought itself time by setting up its own working group to review the policy. The president of the commission said

the long time frame that Gordon College has been allowed for the review is appropriate considering that Gordon College’s policy is “deeply embedded in the culture of the college” and such things “don’t change overnight.”

The working group will release a preliminary report in November, a school spokesman said.

The school got itself on the accrediting body’s fall agenda because its president, renowned sociologist and author D. Michael Lindsay, signed a letter to the Obama administration asking for a faith-based exemption to new contractor rules on hiring and sexual orientation.

Read the full Business Journal article here.

h/t Inside Higher Ed

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The College Fix gets results: After we highlighted a staff editorial from the University of Oklahoma’s Daily that said “flesh-colored” (or “pale peach”) bras were a “subtle” example of racism and white privilege, other outlets picked up on the editorial, including the Fox News show Red Eye.

Now the editorial board is pleading with the Internet to stop making it a laughingstock of the Internet:

And now our Twitter account is getting tagged in posts suggesting other items and actions that our editorial board might think are racist. …

Just to be clear, we never declared bras are racist because they come in colors named “nude,” and in no way did we say the color of your bra might make you a racist. …

But since the Internet makes it so easy for content to be copied, pasted and altered at the speed of lightning, we want to use this instance to encourage readers to look at content in its original form before basing their opinions on an aggregated version.

Good advice! But the editorial writers can’t deny the fact that they said a common shade of bra intended to match the skin color of most purchasers was among the “subtle examples of racism they encounter every day.”

Read the full editorial – which includes many more examples of hecklers – here.

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