Holyrood Abbey ruins | Edinburgh, Scotland
Sept. 2014 (my photos)
From Sheffield Autonomous Students
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
Implicit bias is a thing, just like privilege. Calling it out isn’t meant to shame anyone, but to alert us to step it up and improve ourselves so everyone can have a voice. Be conscious of what you and others are saying, and know when not to speak.
Jon Hamm, Oona Chaplin and Rafe Spall will lead the Black Mirror feature-length special that will air this Christmas on Channel 4, with Hamm’s character appearing in all three of the interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia.
ICYMI, or lived and a rock of ignorance, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror anthology series are one of the best product UK has to offer: they will make you feel miserable and dead inside but you’ll love it. Merry Christmas everyone!
i may be ugly and untalented
"It’s almost as if being a billionaire and feeling that the status quo is pretty good go hand in hand."
86 years ago today (1927) Gutzon Borglum began defacing the sacred BlackHills with Mt. Rushmore.
Everyone must remember that “Mt. Rushmore” (the Black Hills) does not legally belong to the federal government, and especially not to South Dakota. It was acknowledged as belonging to the sovereign Lakota Nation in the Sioux Treaty of 1868. The federal government STOLE the Hills from the Lakota, breaking the law they wrote with their own hands! The US is a repeat criminal but no one holds them accountable!
never fucking forget.
don’t romanticize basic rights
it’s not attractive that a man is a feminist
it’s not sexy that a man finally realizes the prejudice against women and how very oppressed women are
it’s common sense
I really, really wish “I have some measure of social anxiety, and the thing you just invited me to is going to cause me to stress for an entire week straight” were an acceptable response to an invitation.