Month: November 2017

From Erin

Title It can happen anywhere

I was a 2nd year student, majoring in physics and electronics, on a scholarship. The scholarship required that I work 20 hours a week in the relevant fields, so I was working for a small optics company, doing QA. The company had ~30 employees, and mostly the environment was rather amiable. Then one day, I sat for lunch with the Head of Production, and a couple of guys from his department. What followed was a 15 min conversation about how women never do anything productive, and only waste the money men make.
I was on a first name basis and had decent conversations with all three, and worked constantly with the HoP (and he seemed satisfied with my knowledge and work ethic). You’d think that having an actual, working woman at the table would deter them. It didn’t. Neither did the fact that in this particular company, both the CTO and the Head of R&D were women with Phd’s, and that the all of QA and half of Special Orders were WOMEN.
When I tried to confront them, they claimed to be joking, and then continued on as if I’m not there. I finished eating as fast as I could, and spent the next 10 min crying in my office from the humiliation.

From Female Facebook User

Title Unconscious bias uncovered through Facebook posts

I’ve noticed a peculiar trend among the Facebook shares of my openly conservative Facebook “friends”. It seems that, since women have been earning more doctorates than men, this apparently means men are discriminated against on a societal level.

Yet I then see them post articles about how STEM disparities are natural and how the gender pay gap is a myth.

It’s almost as if when equality becomes the norm (or at least more of the norm), the oppressed feel victimized.

I say this because all of said “friends” are male.

It’s almost as if unconscious sexism is proven by this. Statistics show women often times earn higher grades than their male counterparts in STEM fields, how diversity, particular gender diversity, improves performance and many other such things. Even though this is the case, women are still biased against.

These men believing men are somehow biased against means they severely discount women’s abilities.

From Tabitha

My male science lecturer at a very prestigious university told me I would get better grades if I “didn’t wear a bra”. The next day I came in without a bra and he removed me from the class because I dressed “provocatively”. As a disabled person of colour, I find this disgusting as this is still happening in 2017.

From Andie

Title Examples of unconscious sexism

– Believing that, if women earn more doctoral degrees, men are discriminated against, but if women go less into STEM fields, it must be because of biological differences.

– Believing that all women’s successes are due to affirmative action, but that affirmative action discriminates against men.

– Dismissing any evidence of women being as less as being pseudoscience but immediately accepting any study proving women being biologically less inclined towards certain fields without criticism.