By Meera Menon | Women and Hollywood November 12, 2013 at 1:05PM
On the heels of yesterday's story about Judi Dench and Harvey Weinstein's battle against the logo-phobic pearl-clutchers at the MPAA comes another example of the rating board's skewed priorities and indefensible inconsistencies. In its December issue, the medical journal Pediatrics will publish a study that shows popular PG-13 movies to contain more instances of gun violence than their R-rated counterparts.
The researchers examined 945 movies, counting the appearances of overall violence in each five-minute segment of a sampling of films that ranked among the top 30 at the domestic box office from 1950 to 2012. Perhaps not surprisingly, the results -- reported by Brad J. Bushman of Ohio State University, and Patrick E. Jamieson, Ilana Weitz and Daniel Romer of the Annenberg center -- showed that violence in American films had more than doubled in that time.But the authors also found that episodes of gun violence in PG-13 rated films had been rising since the rating was introduced in the mid-1980s, and it now surpasses the violence in R-rated films, which are technically not open to young viewers unless they are accompanied by an adult.