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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.

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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.

(via scientific-women)

maneth985:

harzilla:

fallen-angel-with-a-shotgun:

dajo42:

if you dont have me on facebook you are probably not missing out on any posts but the comment section is important too lmao

I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior.  I had a real sword with me, too.  I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion.  Some woman walks by, with her little girl.  The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight.  But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.”  You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?”    And the girl looked around and saw me.  I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood.  So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?”  And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating.  Like she thinks I’m going to say no.  So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her.  And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.”  I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.

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maneth985:

harzilla:

fallen-angel-with-a-shotgun:

dajo42:

if you dont have me on facebook you are probably not missing out on any posts but the comment section is important too lmao

I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior.  I had a real sword with me, too.  I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion.  Some woman walks by, with her little girl.  The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight.  But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.”  You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?”    And the girl looked around and saw me.  I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood.  So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?”  And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating.  Like she thinks I’m going to say no.  So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her.  And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.”  I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.

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nearly-headless-horseman:

itslikeoneofmyjapaneseanimes:

can-ti:

wtf is this thing?it doesn’t even have joysticks..do you even rumble??!?pathetic

looks like we got ourselves a youngster

*old man voice* in my day, you had to shake the controller yourself

nearly-headless-horseman:

itslikeoneofmyjapaneseanimes:

can-ti:

wtf is this thing?
it doesn’t even have joysticks..
do you even rumble??!?
pathetic

looks like we got ourselves a youngsterimage

*old man voice* in my day, you had to shake the controller yourself

wrrench:

YOU ARE THE DANCING QUEEN
YOUNG AND SWEET ONLY SEVENTEEN

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OH YEAH

misha-parked-the-tardis-in-221b:

the-little-lost-angel:

thenotoriousscuttlecliff:

theenigmaofriversong:

wintersoldier-iscoming:

when someone mentions marvel

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When someone mentions Doctor Who

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When someone mentions Sherlock

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Im waiting…

When someone mentions Supernatural…or doesn’t, either way

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penguinlegs:

toothlessrebel:

behindtheplottwist:

If you

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think

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animation

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is innocent

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you haven’t

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been paying

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attention.

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THE LAST ONE

i fuckin raise you:

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pray4salvation:

ouyangdan:

georgetakei:

Slow. Clap. http://ift.tt/1euhu0D

favorite linguist joke and i will never not reblog it

HA

pray4salvation:

ouyangdan:

georgetakei:

Slow. Clap. http://ift.tt/1euhu0D

favorite linguist joke and i will never not reblog it

HA

yall-mothafuckas-need-misha:

ladymacbetterthanyou:

djuvre:

spoopy-banana:

memewhore:

banans13:

kissthesecurves:

starvingfartist:

I don’t usually comment on posts but FUN RANDOM DISNEY FACT : before Scar got his Scar (which was given to him by a wildebeest after an incident involving Mufasa) his name was Taka. He requested to be called Scar after this incident because he is a very over-dramatic lion as we already know! The source for this fact is from the Lion King novel series. 

Damn you learn something everyday.

EXCUSE ME THERE IS A LION KING NOVEL SERIES EXCUSE ME EXCUSE MEEEE

Another fun fact: I just looked it up and in Swahili, taka means garbage.

So their parents named them literally “King” and “Garbage” omfg that’s so awful xD

that’s so MEAN NO WONDER GARBAGE WANTED TO KILL HIS FAMILY

it’s like loki and thor all over again

yall-mothafuckas-need-misha:

ladymacbetterthanyou:

djuvre:

spoopy-banana:

memewhore:

banans13:

kissthesecurves:

starvingfartist:

I don’t usually comment on posts but FUN RANDOM DISNEY FACT : before Scar got his Scar (which was given to him by a wildebeest after an incident involving Mufasa) his name was Taka. He requested to be called Scar after this incident because he is a very over-dramatic lion as we already know! The source for this fact is from the Lion King novel series. 

Damn you learn something everyday.

EXCUSE ME THERE IS A LION KING NOVEL SERIES EXCUSE ME EXCUSE MEEEE

Another fun fact: I just looked it up and in Swahili, taka means garbage.

So their parents named them literally “King” and “Garbage” omfg that’s so awful xD

that’s so MEAN NO WONDER GARBAGE WANTED TO KILL HIS FAMILY

it’s like loki and thor all over again

You know how the Hogwarts choir sings ‘Double Trouble’ in the beginning of Prisoner Of Azkaban?

chinadollbelle:

Do you ever think Snape was just sat there listening to the ingredients they were singing about in the lyrics just thinking

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What the fuck are you even trying to make?