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Society is pleased to note recent op-ed articles in the New York Times by two of its advisory editors, Neil Gross and Jon Shields. Gross asks, “Why is Hollywood So Liberal?” He poses several ways to explain the clear leftward, political slant of actors and actresses in the film and television business. Referring to work on empathy by the psychologist Adam Waytz, Gross observes that “The main thing distinguishing liberals and conservatives ... isn’t how empathetic they are overall; rather, the key difference is how much empathy they feel for specific groups. Where conservatives empathize foremost with family members and country, liberals extend the bounds of empathy to include friends, the socially disadvantaged and citizens of the world, to whom they’d like government to lend a hand. It’s not implausible that empathy could help explain actors’ progressive sympathies. If that’s the case, though, it testifies to the remarkable human capacity for hypocrisy that, until now, the bounds of empathy among liberal men in Hollywood have not stretched to include female actors subject to sexual and economic exploitation.” ( https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/27/opinion/sunday/hollywood-liberal.html). ...
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