After reading about gender-bias and conversation dominance in the classroom, I asked for a peer to observe a physics class I was teaching and keep track of the discussion time I was giving to various students along with their race and gender. In this exercise, I knew I was being observed and I was trying to be extra careful to equally represent all students―but I STILL gave a disproportionate amount of discussion time to the white male students in my classroom (controlling for the overall distribution of genders and races in the class). I was shocked. It felt like I was giving a disproportionate amount of time to my white female and non-white students.
Even when I was explicitly trying, I still failed to have the discussion participants fairly represent the population of the students in my classroom.
This is a well-studied phenomena and it’s called listener bias. We are socialized to think women talk more than they actually do. Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are ‘hogging the floor’ even when men are dominating."
— Stop interrupting me: gender, conversation dominance and listener bias, by Jessica Kirkpatrick from Women In Astronomy
[Image credit: NASA]
[Born Aug 26 1918]
She was taught from her youth, “you are as good as anybody in this town, but you’re no better”, meaning that though she may be a brilliant mathematician, that was no reason to look down on anyone.
She lived in a time when “Computer” was a job title and she was instrumental in doing the maths responsible for putting men on the moon.
When she skipped through grades due to her brilliance, she did not see her gifts as a source of employment. Her professor believed in her, and made sure she was prepared to become a research mathematician.
She took up a teaching job until she noticed that they were looking for Computers in Langley.
She was instrumental in literally writing the book on going to space.
She did all the mathematics involved in landing the space capsules. She said, “'Let me do it. You tell me when you want it and where you want it to land, and I'll do it backwards and tell you when to take off.”
Even though the final calculations were done with electronic computers, NASA always came back to Katherine to check the math.
When we live in a world where you can access free content of naked consenting women in less than 5 seconds, why are people still invading the privacy of non-consenting women for nudes?
Hint: It has something to do with people feeling entitled to making any woman their personal porn, even if it violates or humiliates her in the process.
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie."
This. So much this. I cannot stand these movies anymore, I’m so fucking done with this trope.