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Gender, Popular Press

What you can (and can’t) learn about sexism from online gaming

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Anne Harrington

There’s a new scientific study out about male motivations for sexist behavior. It’s been making the rounds on Facebook. What the authors find is that lower-skilled male players are more hostile towards female-voiced players, especially if those men are doing poorly at the game. In contrast, the same players are deferential to higher-status male players. This,
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Academic jobs, Gender

The two-body problem

Posted on 29 October 2017 by Anne Harrington

It’s not particularly surprising that not having a supportive spouse will hurt a woman’s career and, over time, potentially also undermine a marriage. However, it turns out that it’s not only their husbands who presume that a wife’s career will take a backseat to male ambitions. In a recent article, Lauren Rivera finds that academic
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As I was saying…

Posted on 17 October 2017 by Anne Harrington

Men interrupting women is a common, some would even say universal, phenomenon. In their article, “Gender in Engineering Departments: Are there gender differences in interruptions of Academic job talks?” the authors link it to “the persistent under-representation of women faculty in academic engineering departments” by investigating how often job talk candidates get stopped and questioned.
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Steps you can take to avoid gender bias in recommendation letters

Posted on 17 October 2017 by Anne Harrington

We all do it, without even thinking about it. We gravitate to different types of words and expressions when describing women’s accomplishments than when we talk about men’s. Our scrips are gendered. It’s called implicit bias. Here’s some advice on how to correct for it. Source:
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