Marilyn Mosby Vogue Interview | New Gallup Data Underscores Sexual Hypocrisy | Women Directors Speak | 80% Of Data About Women Is Missing
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1. Vogue magazine July profiles Baltimore presecutor Marilyn Mosby, who had barely served 100 days in office when she pressed charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. In an article that attempt to explain what makes Mosby tick, we learn about her background and determination to bring a more even-handed sense of justice to Baltimore’s streets.
We learn of her supporters — Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general and now a US Senate candidate, and Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. who is quick to offer praise: ‘I found her open-minded, interested, and taking her job very seriously.’ And criticism against her is also leveled:
“You could argue that the facts and circumstances dictated a swift action,” says Deborah Gramiccioni, the executive director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU. “The problem in these cases is this stuff takes a while to investigate—it just does.” Gramiccioni adds that she’s troubled by the “extrajudicial statements” Mosby made from the podium—for instance, when she said, “to the youth of the city, I will seek justice on your behalf … our time is now.” “Such statements could give the defense an opening to successfully argue for a change of venue because of a tainted and inflamed jury pool,” says Gramiccioni.
2.New data from Gallup’s Values and Beliefs Survey reminds us that Americans of all genders are sexual hypocrites, writes The Daily Beast. Disparities in the consumption of pornography leads the list, but other evidence of ‘do as I say and not as I do’ thinking are pronounced.
‘Gallup also found that only 40 percent of men and 34 percent of women morally accept “sex between teenagers” despite the fact that the majority of men and women do, in fact, have sex as teenagers.’
‘In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute reported that that over 50 percent of both male and female adolescents have had sex by age 18 and over 70 percent have had sex by the time they turn 20 (PDF). The average age of first intercourse in the United States is 17 years old. Either large swaths of Americans regret their teenage sexual escapades, or they’re lying to Gallup.’
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3. In 2012, the United Nations Economic and Social Council set down 52 indicators crucial to measuring gender equality in any country. The data considered ranged from standard indicators such as sexual violence against women, maternal mortality ratio and literacy levels, to the less obvious ones such as the number of female police officers and judges in any given country. Policy makers now claim that 80% of the data required is missing and not accounted for. Sub-Saharan Africa is the biggest problem with 82.3% of data missing, but in Europe and Central Asia, the number is 76.1%.
4. Even though women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population, only about 4 percent of movies are directed by women. Of the 220 TV shows, representing about 3500 total episodes, only 14 percent were directed by women