After releasing findings of recent studies on sexism and harassment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), researchers decided to follow up by looking at people’s reactions to the studies on the internet.
Anybody want to take a guess what they found?
The journal Psychology of Women Quarterly published the results of the studies on Thursday. The researchers then quantified the comments left on three of the articles to better understand the responses to evidence of gender bias in science.
The numbers they got after analyzing the comments were appalling.
A whopping “59.8 percent justified gender bias using biological explanations, 29.6 percent used non-biological explanations, and 10.6 percent justified gender bias stating that women perpetrate it by discriminating against other women.”
A staggering 76.8 percent of the comments contained “sexist remarks” that blatantly “smeared women.” The only redeeming feature of the negative comments was that 50% of the smears against men were made by men.
The comments left on the Washington Post article reporting the findings of this follow-up study revealed the same kind of sexist comments the study examined, thereby proving the point of the study these male commenters disagreed with so strongly. Many of the comments were downright venomous.
It is amazing to me that they could refute sexism with sexism, and not see the obvious contradiction and stupidity. Amazing, but sadly, not surprising in the least.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.