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Actress Geena Davis partners with Disney to “spellcheck” scripts for gender biass

I’m sure this will help elevate the quality of crappy movies that come out of Hollyweird…

From Hollywood Reporter: Geena Davis, the Oscar-winning actor and a tireless advocate for female representation onscreen, touched down Thursday in New Zealand to deliver the closing keynote speech at the country’s pioneering Power of Inclusion Summit, which was held in downtown Auckland.

Central to Davis’ presentation was the revelation that her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has partnered with Walt Disney Studios to deploy a new digital tool that uses AI technology to assess film and television scripts for gender bias.

Named “GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias,” the new tool leverages patented machine learning technology developed at the University of Southern California to rapidly analyze the text of a script to determine its number of male and female characters and whether they are representative of the real population at large. The technology also can discern the numbers of characters who are people of color, LGBTQI, possess disabilities or belong to other groups typically underrepresented and failed by Hollywood storytelling.

“I’m very proud to announce we have a brand new partnership with Walt Disney Studios using Spell Check for Bias,” Davis said onstage. “They are our pilot partners and we’re going to collaborate with Disney over the next year using this tool to help their decision-making, identify opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion in the manuscripts that they receive. We’re very excited about the possibilities with this new technology and we encourage everybody to get in touch with us and give it a try.”

Along with rapidly tallying the genders and ethnicities of characters, Spellcheck for Bias can assess the number of speaking lines the various groups have, the level of sophistication of the vocabulary they use and the relative social status or positions of power assigned to the characters by group.

Davis says the goal is not to “shame and blame” screen creators, but rather to reveal the unconscious bias that commonly manifests in even the most well-meaning screenwriter’s work. With the data in hand, informed adjustments can be made to scripts so that they don’t perpetuate stereotypes and their pernicious real-world effects.

The Spellcheck for Bias initiative is an extension of work Davis has been doing for more than 15 years.

She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media back in 2004 after becoming a mother of a young girl and realizing how grossly underrepresented female characters were, even in children’s entertainment. The organization has since commissioned scores of studies on representation gaps in entertainment, and how such distortions shape societal expectations, and the aspirations or prejudices of under- and over-represented groups.

“I’ve gotten to play lots of cool parts in my career, and I’ve had a lot of personal experience in images shaping cultural norms,” said Davis, a reference to her pioneering roles in such landmark films as Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own and even the early female-fronted action flick A Long Kiss Goodnight.

The Davis Institute’s mantra is “If girls see it, they can be it.” The organization has commissioned numerous studies showing how screen representations influence real-world behavior of both women and men. One of the actress’ favorite examples is the way the number of girls taking up competitive archery more than doubled shortly after the simultaneous release of The Hunger Games and Pixar’s Brave in 2012 (Davis herself took up archery as a hobby in the late 1990s, and later nearly qualified for the U.S. Olympic Archery team.)

Davis acknowledged the slow-changing nature of gender imbalance in the real world — nowhere more so than in the film industry, where “last year just eight percent of the top 250 films were directed by women.”

“Nearly every sector of our society has a huge gender disparity, particularly in leadership positions,” she continued. “So how long is it going to take to correct that, to reach parity? No matter how hard we work, we can’t snap our fingers and suddenly half the corporate boards are women. It’s going to take a long time to make some of these changes.

“But here’s my theory of change,” she continued. “There’s one category of gross gender inequality where the underrepresentation of women can be fixed absolutely overnight — and it’s onscreen. The very next project somebody makes — the next movie, TV show — can be gender-balanced. We can make this change happen very fast. In the time it takes to create a new show or a new film, we can present a whole new vision of the future. Yes, there are woefully few female CEOs in the world, but half of them can be female onscreen immediately. How are we possibly going to get the number of women and girls interested in STEM careers that we need for science, technology, engineering and math? There can be droves of women in STEM careers now on TV and in movies, and then it will happen in real life.”

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Mattel introduces “gender neutral” Barbie

From Yahoo: Mattel, the company behind Barbie and American Girl, has announced a new line of gender neutral dolls called Creatable World. In the brand’s own words, it is “a doll line designed to keep labels out and invite everyone in — giving kids the freedom to create their own customizable characters again and again.”

The tagline for the dolls, “All Welcome,” is an accurate description of the toys that are something of a blank canvas and encourage creative play. Each doll retails for $29.99 and comes with short hair, a long haired wig, clothing and accessories that can be mixed up to create hundreds of looks.

“Toys are a reflection of culture and as the world continues to celebrate the positive impact of inclusivity, we felt it was time to create a doll line free of labels,” Kim Culmone, senior vice president of Mattel Fashion Doll Design, said in a statement.

Through research, we heard that kids don’t want their toys dictated by gender norms. This line allows all kids to express themselves freely which is why it resonates so strongly with them.”

Reactions to the gender-neutral Creatable World dolls were mixed. Many showed their love for the new toy. Others aren’t so supportive of the new member of the Mattel family.

This is not Mattel’s first foray into pushing the boundaries of what dolls represent to children in our changing culture. In 2016, Barbie got a major makeover, with the brand launching tall, curvy and petite versions of the iconic doll, which was also made available in a variety of skin tones and hair types for the first time.

The brand had faced facing longstanding criticism over the toy’s unrealistic proportions and lack of diversity, and the move came amid slumping sales for the brand, which launched in 1959.

Barbie’s proportions have changed slightly over the years, but Mattel has continued to face criticism for promoting an unrealistic body image to girls. The company has largely deflected criticism in the past, arguing that the doll’s various career choices — doctor, astronaut, businesswoman — support female empowerment, and denying that Barbie influences girls’ body image.

Barbie also launched its “Inspiring Woman Series” line in 2018 on International Women’s Day, calling it a “doll line dedicated to honor historical role models who paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.”

This August, they debuted the latest additions to its “Inspiring Women” Barbie collection: Rosa Parks and Sally Ride. The line includes other other notable figures, including Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson and Frida Kahlo.

And just this past February, Mattel announced a new member of Barbie’s “Barbie Fashionista” line — a doll in a wheelchair. A representative from Mattel told Yahoo Lifestyle that a doll with a wheelchair accessory is one of the most requested items from Barbie fans and within this line there are now two options to choose from.

Mattel seems to be shifting their focus as a brand from a single doll style to multiple options that reflect children’s lives and how they function in the world. Only time will tell if this cultural shift is here to stay.

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Oregon lawmakers consider giving themselves a 63% pay raise to boost “diversity”

Oregon Senate Major Leader Burdick leading the effort in “diversity” via fatter paychecks

There’s a reason it’s called “public service.”

As reported by Oregon Live (via Associated Press): Oregon lawmakers are considering raising their annual pay by nearly $20,000, a move the sponsors say will attract more diverse candidates to the statehouse.

We’re a diverse state, we need a diverse legislature,” Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick (who is 72 years old), one of the legislators leading the effort, told Oregon Public Broadcasting. “Because of the low pay, we are automatically screening out people who really should be represented here.”

(Actually Burdick, you aren’t that diverse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau [as of July 1, 2017], Oregon had a population of 4.1 million people with 87.1% of that being white (alone). Hispanics made up 13.1% and Asian was 4.7%. See the statistics here.)

The move comes only a few weeks after a 28 percent legislative pay raise went into effect. Lawmakers were not behind that raise, and the increase was tied to collective bargaining agreements that affected nearly 40,000 state employees.

Legislators now make $31,200, plus an extra $149 a day when the Legislature is in session.

Burdick, a Democrat from Portland, said that the current pay isn’t a living wage and makes it more likely that retirees (What’s wrong with retirees? That sounds like an ageist statement.) or independently wealthy candidates pursue office. She noted that legislators make far less than some city and county elected officials.

A recent series in The Oregonian/OregonLive highlighted ways that some lawmakers use money from campaign donors to supplement their pay, sometimes in particularly outrageous ways.

Burdick is proposing a measure that would raise wages by 63 percent, to more than $50,000 per year. That would make Oregon’s Legislature one of the highest paid in the country, compared to other statehouses with lawmakers working for a similar amount of time.

But it’s unclear if the state has the money to fund a salary bump. The most recent pay raise will cost Oregon $1.6 million every two years, and the increase floated in the proposal will be much more.

State budget leaders have already called for cuts across nearly all state programs and are trying to dig deep to come up with more money for schools and health care.

Still, Burdick is undeterred. And although she concedes that the plan will likely be politically unpopular, she maintains that it’s necessary to create a well-rounded statehouse that better reflects state demographics. “This is not a get-rich-quick scheme down here,” she said. “This is public service. But if it gets to the point where you can’t feed your family, that’s where the problem is.”

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Chicago Police finally have the solution to solve their crimes: Diversity and relationships based on color

Mayor Rahm Emanual: Diversity…yeah, that’s the distracting ticket!

Call me skeptical…maybe because I’m a “privileged” white girl. And I don’t live in Chiraq.

I’m guessing you can’t reduce crime if you can’t properly identify the cause of  crime (unless by skin color)?

According to the Chiraq Police and the good mayor Rahm Emanual, you can reduce gang and gun violence by hiring people who have the same skin pigmentation as the criminals.

When I moved to my community in Oklahoma, I joined a neighborhood group where we watch out for each other. We make sure everyone is safe. Our group has a relationship and it’s not based on color. It’s based on safety and we’ve seen a reduction in crime.

And I’m glad we all have a relationship that changed our neighborhood for the better, without seeing any color. None of us had to take a “test” to see change…because we see our neighbors as just neighbors. Not colors…


From MyFoxChicago: Chicago just got another infusion of new police officers to help communities ailing from crime.

The city’s top brass says their hiring surge and new policing strategies are working to reduce crime in Chicago.

And as FOX 32’s Sally Schulze reports, these new officers look more like the people they serve and protect. “They’ll be in every neighborhood in every part of the city, strengthening the backbone of the police department which is the beat officer,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

With the announcement, the city steps more than halfway toward the goal of hiring 1000 new officers.

CPD is also working to increase their diversity with 61-percent of officers hired since last year identifying as minorities.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says they’re seeing recruits from minority neighborhoods who want to help.

“You want to help change your community? Trust me, you fill out that application, you take that test, I will put you back in that neighborhood that you said you want to see changing,” Johnson said.

Eight of the 107 new officers will work at the 11th District on the city’s West Side and community members say they’re glad to hear more minorities will be in the ranks.

“The police department actually listened to what we are saying, you can’t police someone if you don’t have a relationship with that person and our relationship is our color,” said West Side resident Jimmy Simmons.

CPD is also getting help to solve carjackings and thefts, adding 200 squad cars equipped with automatic license plate readers.

Plus, seven more districts will get strategic policing centers as Chicago uses new tech and new faces to fight crime.

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NSFW: Lingerie company calls out "haters" who body-shame an obese model

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Playful Promises: Creating “safe spaces” for obese women


There’s that “body shaming” again. Thou shall not tell the truth!
From Fox News: A lingerie company is not having it with internet trolls who try to body shame their customers.
U.K. based brand Playful Promises shared a photo of plus-size model Jewelz Mazzei wearing their bra and underwear on the company’s Instagram page. Alongside the photo, they added a comment, warning against any negative comments people feel compelled to post about the image.
“Goes without saying, but negative comments will be deleted (if you don’t like something, that’s fine, keep scrolling),” it said. “Anyone who continues to comment after having comments deleted will be blocked. Anyone that tries to pull in known trolls to comment will be blocked. Known trolls are already blocked.”
According to Allure, the company reportedly removed any comments voicing “concern” for Mazzei’s health or how her lingerie fits, as well those that disagreed with their decision to feature a plus-size model at all.
Playful Promises also added an apology for the offensive comments they hadn’t yet removed.
“I [apologize] to anyone that is offended by [the comments] before I get to them. Please avoid feeding the trolls, they’re hungry and lonely,” the company wrote. “Women of all sizes and all shapes deserve to feel sexy and loved. It’s not affecting you. Use your time and energy for better things, for real issues that affect you and your countries,” they added.
Anna Sampson, a brand manager for the company, told Brit & Co that their goal is to create a safe space for women to feel confident and express their sexuality, regardless of what they look like.
“Women are not treated well on the internet,” she said. “It’s irresponsible for brands not to stand up for their customers, showcasing things like diversity and support are important. As a consumer, I don’t want to browse lingerie and see reminders of how much society values the slim, white cisgender woman, I want to see reminders of how amazingly diverse we are!
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NYC to link funding for arts and museums to diversity, de Blasio says

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From Fox News: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city will begin linking funding for arts groups and museums to how quickly they increase diversity at their organizations, posing a challenge for the city’s major institutions.
New York City is renowned for its diversity – 67 percent of residents identify as people of color – but only 38 percent of employees at cultural organizations are employees of color, according to a recent study from the city’s Cultural Affairs Department.
However, the 175-page report comes amid the mayor’s re-election campaign, as de Blasio works to strengthen his standing as someone who fights inequality.
The plan to tie funding to diversity was unveiled as part of CreateNYC, the city’s first comprehensive cultural plan that received feedback from 200,000 New Yorkers and took 10 months to complete.
In a press conference, de Blasio said the city would collect data on the diversity of staffs and boards at places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall and dozens of other organizations, according to the New York Times. “This will be a factor in the city’s funding decisions going forward,” Mr. de Blasio said at the announcement in Queens, reports the Times. “We do this because we believe in fairness.”
“The least-white jobs are maintenance and security,” Tom Finkelpearl, the commissioner of cultural affairs, told the Times. “And the whitest are curators. That points to some problems.”
Although it remains to be seen how much cultural organizations will now feel pressured to change their hiring tactics — and whether or not this move boosts the mayor’s campaign in any way — de Blasio’s announcement drew praise from some city officials.
Our city draws strength from its diversity. No matter who you are, what language you speak, or how much money you have, you have a right to take part in the city’s rich cultural resources,” said New York City Council Member Stephen Levin.
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Do You Know Anyone Who Is Going To Hell?

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What is hell?
We’re told that it’s a place of utter anguish and torment. An eternal destination for those who turn their backs on God and reject the Ten Commandments. Imagine the most painful, the most degrading, the most unspeakable torture you can imagine, multiply it by a thousand, and it probably will not come close to the reality of hell.
Flesh-eating demons, eternal fire, the stench of sulfur…
There’s no sleeping in hell. No rest or reprieve from continuous suffering and agony. And it lasts forever.
So who goes to hell?
Those who commit murder are going to hell.
Those who lie and deceive in order to gain money or political power are going to hell. (Anyone come to mind?)
Those who practice abortion are going to hell.
Those who knowingly vote for Democratic candidates who legislate for abortion are going to hell.
Those who peddle pornography are going to hell, including most mainstream television, movies, and magazines.
Those who dress or pose immodestly, drawing others to sin, are going to hell.
Those who have sold their souls in exchange for fame and success are going to hell.
Those who legislate or resort to subterfuge in an effort to disarm the American people are going to hell.
Those who work to remove God, prayer, and Christianity from schools and society are going to hell.
Those who abuse their positions of religious or spiritual leadership with false teachings of progressivism, multiculturalism, diversity, and socialism are going to hell.
Those who teach our children and pollute their minds with false teachings of progressivism, multiculturalism, diversity, and socialism are going to hell.
Those who live off the work of others, while refusing to work themselves, are dangerously close to going to hell.
Those who promote and encourage racism through diversity, multiculturalism, and socialist policies are dangerously close to going to hell.
Those who are angry and indignant at reading this because they recognize themselves are most likely going to hell, if they don’t change.
Do you know anyone who is going to hell?

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PC madness: City of Phoenix recruits lifeguards who can't swim

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Pope Benedict 16th called it the Dictatorship of Relativism. He wrote:
In his futuristic novel Brave New World, the British author Aldous Huxley had predicted in 1932 that falsification would be the decisive element of modernity. In a false reality with its false truth – or the absence of truth altogether – nothing, in the final analysis, is important any more. There is no truth, there is no standpoint. Today, in fact, truth is regarded as far too subjective a concept for us to find therein a universally valid standard. The distinction between genuine and fake seems to have been abolished. Everything is to some extent negotiable.
A sub-division of that dictatorship is the Tyranny of Diversity.
Judicial Watch reports April 3, 2013, that “In a staggering case of affirmative action gone wild,” the city government of Phoenix, capitol of Arizona and America’s 6th largest city, is recruiting minorities to be lifeguards at public pools even if they’re not good swimmers. It’s all in the name of diversity.
On its official website. the city proudly declares that “diversity” is among Phoenix’s “vision and values”:

We Value and Respect Diversity
Understanding diversity helps us to work together and serve our community. Diversity is more than gender and race; it encompasses our uniqueness and individuality. By embracing our differences, we find many paths to success. We put this belief into action to provide effective services to our diverse community.

Evidently officials are willing to compromise those “effective services” at 29 public swimming pools spread throughout the city. To diversify the lifeguard force, Phoenix will spend thousands of dollars to recruit minorities even if they’re not strong swimmers, according to an official quoted in a news report. Blacks, Latinos and Asians who may not necessarily qualify can still get hired, says the city official who adds that “we will work with you in your swimming abilities.”
Kelly Martinez, a Phoenix official, explains that the pools are largely used by Latino and African-American kids, but most of the lifeguards are white and this creates a huge problem. “The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white and we don’t like that. The kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”
To help diversify its lifeguard ranks, the city raised about $15,000 over the past two years in scholarships to offset the cost of lifeguard-certification courses. Recruits who pass a swim test at the end can apply to be city lifeguards.
One of the recruits is high school junior Jesus Jimenez. He didn’t grow up going to pools with his family but likes the idea of lifeguarding. If he is selected to be a lifeguard, other pool staff will work with him on his swimming skills all summer.
Judicial Watch points out Phoenix’s recruitment of minority lifeguards is part of a national trend to boost the minority workforce at whatever cost. Under Obama we have seen a lot of this at the federal level through a variety of specially-designed government programs that give ethnic minorities special treatment at all federal agencies as well as medical and agricultural fields, among others.
Earlier this year the administration made history by hiring the government’s first “Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity” to mastermind a multi-million-dollar effort that boosts the number of minorities in biomedical research and slashes discrimination in the federal grant process. The effort was initially launched last year after a government-sanctioned study uncovered a “disturbing and disheartening” lack of racial diversity in the field.
Before that the administration created a new office to help build a “diverse and inclusive workforce” at all federal agencies and Obama appointed a “Diversity Czar” at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help advance the goal of greater inclusion and diversity in government programs. Who could forget the race and gender employment quotas required at private financial institutions under Obama’s financial reform measure (known as the Dodd-Frank bill) to overhaul Wall Street? It’s all in the name of diversity.
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And of course, it’s the taxpayer who gets screwed because we are paying for all these “diversity” programs.
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Education: Psychopaths are in Charge

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Finally, an American Society for Rednecks

Once upon a time, America was called a melting pot. It was the ideal as well as the norm for racial and ethnic groups to assimilate into the mainstream culture. In fact, many children of immigrant parents wanted so much to be American that they refused to learn and speak their parents’ native language.
Then came the Left’s campaign and marketing of “multi-culturalism,” “diversity” and “identity politics,” urging “people of color” to emphasize their ethnic differences and make those group-based differences their primary identity. And so “America, the melting pot” became “America, the tossed salad,” and soon the United States of America became the DisUnited States of America.
In the DisUnited States of America, every racial-ethnic-gender-sexual-identity group has their lobbying and civil rights organization:

  • Blacks (oops, African-Americans) have the NAACP;
  • Jews have the Anti-Defamation League;
  • Muslims have CAIR and the American Islamic Congress, Inc.;
  • Indians (oops, Indigenous Americans) have Amercans for Indian Opportunity;
  • Asians have the Asian American Justice Center;
  • Homosexuals have the LGBT Centers and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, among many many others;
  • Pedophiles have the NAMBLA;
  • Leftwing women have NOW;
  • Leftwing old people have the Gray Panthers Project Fund;
  • The blind (oops, vision-impaired) have the Blind Federation of America;
  • The deaf (oops, hearing-impaired) have the American Association of the Deaf;
  • Deaf (oops, hearing-impaired) blacks (oops, African-Americans) have the National Black Deaf Advocates;

and on and on and on….
But there’s no organization for white straight people.
At long last, a society has been formed to advocate for the most marginalized of all white straight people — the American redneck!
Yee-haw! Rednecks of the world unite!
~Eowyn

American Redneck Society formed to advocate for rural Americans
By: David Sherfinski – Washington Examiner – Dec 16, 2010
You might be a redneck if…you create a dues-paying society and a scholarship fund?
And that’s what a Virginia man did last week, launching the “American Redneck Society.”
“I really felt that American Rednecks are an under-served, but large population that could benefit from a formal membership organization structure,” said American Redneck Society Executive Director Rob Clayton.
A $20 membership fee will get you access to retail discounts across the country, and a portion of the funds are set aside for an educational fund for “rural youth.”
“What does it mean to be a Redneck?” the group’s website asks.
Well, with apologies to comedian Jeff Foxworthy, apparently, you might be a redneck if…
You’re a fan of Nascar.
You’re a gun owner.
You like country music.
You can fix just about anything with duct tape.
You think “duct” tape should actually be “duck” tape.
Yee-haw!

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