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Slate, Dec. 13, 2017
The Adult Bodies Playing Teens on TV
When a 12-year-old Brooke Shields played a sex-trafficked child in 1978’s Pretty Baby, child welfare organizations “threatened to take the child actress out of her mother’s custody,” writes Kristen Hatch, a University of California, Irvine, film and media studies professor, in her essay “Fille Fatale: Regulating Images of Adolescent Girls, 1962-1996.” It would make sense, then, for producers to cast adults in productions that depict young teens engaging in sexual activity, rather than navigate the complex moral and PR dilemmas that arise around child performers.

Variety, Dec. 13, 2017
Corporations Must Embrace Diversity to Prevent Misconduct and Money Loss
“Civil rights laws do a poor job of clearly defining what constitutes harassing or discriminatory behavior. This allows employers an opportunity to construct what compliance means and argue that they have complied with the law,” says Shauhin Talesh, a professor at UC Irvine School of Law.

The Huffington Post, Dec. 11, 2017
Complicit Bias: Sexual Harassment and Communities That Sustain It
Michele Goodwin, law professor at UC Irvine, writes, “Sexual harassment, including quid pro quos for promotion and advancement, persists in other work environments: government, academia, law firms, the corporate sphere and elsewhere. Hollywood scratches the surface, but it alone does not define the problem.”

Nature, Dec. 13, 2017
Groundbreaking Australian Murray–Darling water agreement in peril
Water managers in the United States and other countries grappling with similar challenges in balancing the needs of people and the environment are watching the MDRB with interest. David Feldman, a water-resources specialist with the University of California, Irvine, says although there’s been some progress in the MDRB, such as reducing salinity, other environmental improvements haven’t followed.

Motherboard, Dec. 12, 2017
The Reddit Moderator Getting a PhD in Online Moderation
Moderators make message boards, Reddit, Facebook groups, email listservs, and many other online communities function, and yet not a whole lot of time has been spent by mainstream academics understanding good internet moderation, or the psyche of a moderator. Kat Lo, a PhD student at the University of California Irvine, is bridging that gap by researching online communities at a time when most major platforms are trying reckon with widespread harassment.

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