Opinion change on gay marriage

I’ve been playing around today with a 2013 Pew dataset that’s got a bunch of cool questions about marijuana, but while looking through the codebook I noticed a couple of particularly interesting questions on gay marriage I had not seen before.  They asked people on both sides of the issue if they had changed their mind on it.  And here you go:

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Short version (valid percent column) over 30% of supporters had changed their mind to that position whereas only 4% of opponents had changed there from previous support.  And I’d love to know what was going on there, but there’s only so much analysis you can do on 28 people.  Anyway, quite the interesting (if, unsurprising) asymmetry.

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Photo of the day

Cow riding anyone?  From National Geographic Tumblr:

A child sitting on a Hereford bull near Pleasanton, California, 1926. Photograph by Charles Martin, National Geographic Creative

A child sitting on a Hereford bull near Pleasanton, California, 1926.PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Just embarassing

How incredibly stupid these students at Wesleyan University are.  They seem to have the 1st grade approach to political dialog– I don’t like what you are saying, stoooop.  Don’t ever say it again!  From the Wesleyan Argus:

During the Wesleyan Student Assembly’s (WSA) open forum on Sunday, Sept. 20, members of the Senate discussed a petition calling for a boycott of The Wesleyan Argus and the revocation of its student group funding. The petition will be the focus of aWSA-sponsored town hall meeting next Sunday, Sept. 27. This petition was sparked by a controversial article published in the Opinion section of The Argus last Tuesday, critiquing certain methods of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The undersigned agree to boycott the Argus, recognizing that the paper has historically failed to be an inclusive representation of the voices of the student body,” the petition reads. “Most specifically, it neglects to provide a safe space for the voices of students of color and we are doubtful that it will in the future.”

The petition, signed by 167 students, alumni, staff and one Middletown community member as of Tuesday night, further lists five demands directed at The Argus. The boycott will include disposing of copies of The Argus on campus and insisting that its funds from the WSA are withheld until the demands are met.

These demands include commitment by The Argus to create work study/course credit positions; a monthly report on allocation of funds and leadership structure; a required once-per-semester Social Justice/Diversity training for all student publications; active recruitment and advertisement; and open space on the front page in the publication dedicated to marginalized groups/voices, specifying that if no submissions are received, The Argus will print a section labeled “for your voice.”

Oh boy, that Social Justice/Diversity training must be a real hoot.  Here’s my favorite part:

Michael Ortiz ’17, who signed the petition, explained the impetus behind his support.

“My concerns with the Argus currently regard mostly its commitment to representing the views of the campus,” he wrote in an email to The Argus. “….That the Argus chose to give this man somewhere to share his disrespectful opinion and to then have the Argus and its staff members defend the publication, hiding behind the argument of ‘well it’s not my opinion but he’s allowed to have it’ is frankly a great disappointment. The Argus’ publication of this opinion is a silent agreement with its content, and a silent agreement to the all too prevalent belief that black [and] brown people do not deserve a voice, and that we are not worthy of respect.”

Hello, moron.  It’s called an Op-ed page.  Clearly a Wesleyan education has failed these students in some critical ways so far.

Oddly enough, this article does not link to the original, but the author wrote a piece about it with a link to the original op-ed here.  Does he unfairly characterize #blacklivesmatter in what actually tries to be a fairly balanced article.  Yes.  But not in any way you couldn’t here on Fox News every single day.  It may be wrong, but this is called reasonable political discourse.  You don’t respond by destroying newspapers.  And, of course, this is just a black mark on all academia even if does mostly take place in the bubble of elite liberal arts colleges.

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