But of course gamers don’t leave the real world behind when they play online. Women, for example, tend to be harassed more than male players, so this tool might help more women feel safe in these online communities. Female gamers already mask their identity to avoid harassment by avoiding verbal communication with other players, according to a 2018 study of 270 women players in the Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
Artificial intelligence-powered voice assistants, many of which default to female-sounding voices, are reinforcing harmful gender stereotypes, according to a new study published by the United Nations.
Titled “I’d blush if I could,” after a response Siri utters when receiving certain sexually explicit commands, the paper explores the effects of bias in AI research and product development and the potential long-term negative implications of conditioning society, particularly children, to treat these digital voice assistants as unquestioning helpers who exist only to serve owners unconditionally.
This is a BBC News interview with Professor Robert Kelly. Suddenly, his two small children burst into the room while he was live on air This has been viewed hundreds of millions of times. BUT ... commenters on social media and initial reports from news outlets assumed that Jung-a Kim, the Asian woman who ran in to usher the kids out, was the (soon to be fired) nanny – not his wife. Did people assume that the Asian woman in his home was the nanny because she seems to behave in a subservient way? She seems scared, flustered, her posture is low to the ground and she doesn’t make eye contact or speak. Or is it that she can’t possibly be the heroine because Asian women are routinely depicted as secondary figures in the media, if they are visible at all.
Asian-American Stereotypes in Popular Culture Are Being Challenged by the Asian Mean Girl - Jasmine Arielle Ting
“No one is purely good or purely evil,” says Anna Akana. “I think it's important to convey that on screen so that you not only feel represented but accurately so.”
"For what seems like ages, Asian-American girls have regularly seen themselves on TV or in the movies as meek, nerdy, goody-two-shoes high school overachievers. And while that trope is evolving, with Asian actors being allowed to play characters that have normally been reserved for white performers, those who have been in the industry for a while have continually faced an uphill battle in finding roles that go behind this flat typecasting."
Black and brown women and workplace stress regarding their ability to "measuring up."
"According to the study, professional women of color are affected by an 'emotional tax,' which is 'a heightened experience of being different from peers at work because of your gender and/or race/ethnicity.' In turn, they constantly feel undervalued, singled out, and 'on guard in work environments. Feeling on guard also compels women of color to feel the need to outwork and outperform their colleagues."
Interview with Maya Dusenbery, author of Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick.
"On the most basic level, the fact that basically until the 1970s, there were essentially no women involved in medical practice or research. Certainly, I think that is the root problem, but I do think that one of my big takeaways from the research is the systemic problem I see, that I describe as a knowledge gap, where we just don’t have enough information and medical knowledge about women and their bodies and their conditions that disproportionately affect them. And then this trust gap, this tendency to not believe women’s reports of their symptoms."
Journalist, Susannah Cahalan's misdiagnosis, highlighted in the Netflix documentary, Brain on Fire, illustrates a woman's fight to be heard in the doctor's office.
"...This kind of gender bias has been acknowledged – but unresolved– for decades. The author Gena Corea first published her investigative report on women’s treatment in the doctors’ offices in 1977. Corea highlighted that male doctors tended to perceive female patients as hysterical, believing that women could more freely express their emotions, while men could not. While today this binary of what constitutes “femininity” and “masculinity” is changing, the training that doctors receive is still biased."
A project of the Center for WorkLife Law UC Hastings College of the Law
"Gender bias in academia is alive and well. Identifying and understanding the distinct patterns of gender bias is the first step towards ensuring that bias does not derail your career. The Center for WorkLife Law, with support from a NSF ADVANCE leadership grant, has developed this on-line gender bias training that teaches you to identify the four basic patterns of gender bias: Prove it Again!, The Double Bind, The Maternal, and Wall Gender Wars"
In the science fields, women still have a ways to before being acknowledge by peers.
"In 2 weeks, 1000 neuroscientists will descend on Vancouver, Canada, for the Third International Brain Stimulation Conference. The first two iterations of the biennial conference were plagued by complaints that few of the featured speakers were women, but this year will be a step in the right direction: Female neuroscientists will deliver six out of 20 of the conference’s featured talks."
Gender discrimination in the workplace.
"Kieran Snyder, cofounder of Textio, applied linguistic analysis to performance reviews, and she found that when women challenge directly— which they must do to be successful—they get penalized for being “abrasive.” (That word actually comes up verbatim a lot.) The “abrasive” label gets placed on women by other women as well as by men."