Sunday, 18 January 2015

More evidence of a gender difference in attitudes to offensive speech

YouGov have just done another poll on attitudes to offensive speech, this time in the US. As before, the poll unearthed a fairly strong gender difference. Looking at the chart below, women are uniformly less tolerant of offensive speech than men (14-25 percentage points). Incidentally, part of the difference may be due to a tendency for women to give more socially desirable responses. Yet it is not clear that approval of censoring offensive speech is actually more socially desirable. Without adjusting for social desirability bias, 41-65 percent of the population (depending on the measure) seems to be against censorship, and the percentages are even higher in the upper-income group.

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