Thursday, May 26

Why do women also have sexist biases (and how we can avoid them)

  • Mary Ann Sieghart
  • BBC Radio 4, Series “Analysis”

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Even if you think you are blameless, it is better to check.

Women are sexists too: even outspoken feminists are unconsciously biased against women. Where do these discriminatory attitudes come from and what can we do about it?

“Women are supposed to be incompetent, unless proven otherwise, and men are supposed to be competent, unless proven otherwise.”

That’s the observation of someone who has lived as a man and a woman: American evolutionary biologist and ecologist Joan Roughgarden.

Roughgarden, a transgender woman, says she has proven with her experience what many women have experienced: that they have to work twice as hard to show that they are good at what they do.

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