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Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body where in a car accident you are 47% likely to be seriously injured where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valuedIf any of this sounds familiar chances are that you're a woman Invisible Women shows us how in a world largely built for and by men we ar I really dislike conspiracy theories in fact few things make me angrier The reason is that a conspiracy generally involves people plotting and planning and those people who are assumed to have the power to bring the conspiracy into effect generally have been shown in history to be pretty stupid in fact far too stupid to do the conspiracy and keep uiet about it Conspiracy theories also tend to involve improbable leaps of faith along the way you know like the one that the US government was involved in bringing down the Twin Towers at 911 These theories become so convoluted and improbable that eventually it would be easier to just blame aliensBut the real reason I hate conspiracy theories is that a conspiracy implies that the bad shit that happens in our world is hidden from us by powerful elites and the fact is that the really really bad shit in our world isn t hidden from us at all I think conspiracy theories have an appeal to us because they basically pardon us for our inaction How were we supposed to do something about stuff we didn t even know was happening Damn you you evil conspirators But really whether it be climate change third world debt HIVAIDS American gun laws the Ira war the slaughter and man made famine in Yemen the pollution of our oceans referring to fossil fuels as freedom fuels no I didn t make that one up even though I wish I had none of this is hidden from us None of this needs a conspiracy to explain it All of the murder all of the destruction all of the let s end all life on the planet for a bit money is done in broad daylight with our noses pushed right up into it And all of this is a million times terrifying than the idea that the US government blew up a couple of buildings Yet we watch our nightly news yawn roll over and fall back to sleepThis book is about one of those non conspiracies we sort of know about but do stuff all to fix The way we treat women is so breathtakingly appalling it would be nice if there was some sort of conspiracy theory involved here to relieve us of our complicity This book argues that how women are treated isn t really due to the evil patriarchy a bit like the Elders of Zion plotting the overthrow of the Tzar but that how our society ignores women makes how they are treated inevitable It says that many of the reasons that women are so badly treated in our society is because most of the people with power most of the people who get to make the decisions that make a difference in the world are men and it isn t that men consciously go out of their way to make life shit for women even though you would have to wonder sometimes but rather they do this because they are men and as such they design the world to work for them And when that world simply doesn t work for women these men don t even notice because they simply don t inhabit the same world that women inhabit There is no conspiracy theory reuired just neglect self interest and perhaps a little dose of wilful blindness based on those with power focused solely on their own needsThe author blames a lot of the problems here on gaps in the data There were lots of things I didn t know I didn t know that car crash dummies are mostly male particularly driver dummies and that they are based on what you could call middle man about the average in terms of weight and height and everything else I didn t know that many drugs that are often almost exclusively given to women think antidepressants say are often almost exclusively trialled on men I didn t know that Viagra could potentially help cure PMT but that the drug companies don t want to put it through the clinical trials to do this since it is such a profitable drug that if they find out it causes problems in women it might cause problems that would kill the goose that laid the golden egg There are lots of examples here of instances of things like men getting free condoms and women not having access to sanitary products that just make your blood boil When it is pointed out it is hard to not come to the conclusion that we men really are arseholesThis book gets depressing very uickly There is just case after case of things that made me say Oh for god s sake who makes this shit up Like how women are often excluded from drug trails altogether because they have hormones that change over the month and so that might make testing the drug a bit difficult Which is a bit like designing trousers for men assuming they don t have penises because well it just makes it easier And before you laugh the author gives at least half a dozen examples where things are poorly designed to fit women because women have the audacity to grow breasts This is an infuriating book We are effectively murdering women in fact often we are actually murdering women and too often we do this by paying no attention at all to the physiological social cultural and power differences that exist between the sexes There was a bit early on in this book where I got a bit worried She started to discuss the problems associated with women in academia what has become my world and while all of these problems are very very real I was worried that this book might end up a kind of glass ceiling book And after reading Feminism for the 99% A Manifesto I m going to have to get around to reviewing that eventually I m worried about feminist books that only notice the issues that impact rich white women But this book brought intersectionality into its analysis too you know if you are black and female you might want to travel out of the US to give birth I m just sayingThis book ought to make you angry Not least because the answer to many of the problems identified would simply involve listening to women I knew many of the things discussed here For instance that many women than men died in the tsunami in 2004 The reason Women look after children and old people women are often in locations where they can t hear the warnings signals women are less likely to learn to swim women are less likely to learn to climb trees women are constrained by modesty in clothes that make escaping rising water almost impossible and if they do escape they are likely to be raped and possibly bashed by men If you are not made angry by this book you have no humanity left But the solution is often also painfully simple We need to listen to women We need to place them in positions of power We need to involve them in decision making processes that impact them I know radical ideas but we might as well start big and work down from thereThe instance that will stay with me from this book was about public transport it had just never occurred to me Most public transport users are women Men drive cars women catch the bus But public transport systems are designed by men So they are designed to radiate out from the centre of cities much like fingers splayed out from the palm of a hand Which is great for men going to work and then back home again but not so great for women who might need to get the kids off to school check on their aging parents and then work in three part time jobs that are close enough to home to collect the kids again from school all of which might not be in a direct line into the centre of the city Public transport systems are designed by men to suit the needs of men but are mostly used by women and so often don t meet the needs of the majority of its users Shit like that has really got to stopThanks Avolyn for recommending this to me

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Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

That excludes womenAward winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten and the impact this has on their health and well being In making the case for change this powerful and provocative book will make you see the world an This is a long delayed hugely important book which people of ALL genders should be reading Sadly people seem to be discussing it than have actually read it It s not just about crash test dummies or voice recognition software or airline seats or toilet ueues or medical research It s about the systematic way in which data on women has been ignored neglected and downright erased whereas data on men is not only abundant but recognized as the universal norm The needs of the average person boil down to the needs of the average man and though not all men are average there s still an enduring attitude that male is a default position and female an aberration I found myself recognizing so many situations depicted in this book things I thought that only I had experienced but which turn out to be common to pretty much all women whether they re aware of it or not Read this and you ll start noticing ineualities you never even considered before And you ll notice them everywhere

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E systematically ignoring half the population It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual systemic discrimination against women and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s livesFrom government policy and medical research to technology workplaces urban planning and the media Invisible Women reveals the biased data Simply said if someone is in power he tries to make a policy that meets his wishes and reflects the image of the society company etc he wants to build This can be done in a direct evil way by treating minorities women atheists etc with repression until imprisonment torture and death if they misbehave and in these cases it is an obvious crime It gets subtle when bigotry and indoctrination kick in and lead to both politicians and managers that are not all direct misogynic sexists That would either fit the reuirements their spin doctors taught them for winning the next election nor the code of conduct corporate responsibility or whatever ethic mumbo jumbo the PR department has in planning Those white rich man s minds have been poisoned by influences of faith elitist thinking and inhumanity and many of them simply had no chance to get out of this vicious cycle because it makes no difference if it is a cult an extremist group or a billionaires club they are all pretty misguided and pitiful The worst case both for women and for the possibility to real change are those who believe that they are doing the right thing and would call themselves emancipated but keep on pushing laws and employment contracts that discriminate against women indirectly and perfidiously They don t give any kind of appreciation allowance or financial help to mothers without whose immense pain and effort each nation would die out because no kids would be born any They don t give a dollar for all the unpaid work the caring for toddlers and especially care dependent elders and without this the health system would simply collapse There are medicinal research areas that are taught shaped and mainly tested on man It is a simple economic reason why men are preferred in all kinds of long going and very expensive admission procedures for drugs because they don t get pregnant and have no staggering hormone levels The result is that many side effects may cause much harm in women because they haven t been tested in such large numbers or anyway The same uestions plops up with the harmfulness of well anything like any kind of food additive environmental toxins and the regulatory limits Tested and found harmless for men with an official uality seal Tested with younger and older women with different hormone levels muscle mass and probably pregnancy Nope would have been too difficult and expensive sorry nobody does that probably in wonderland but not here There are no numbers available regarding the side effects of all drugs environmental destruction and food risks but let s say that there may be an unknown number of women that would have profited from clean 50 male 50 female test series instead of dying I find it really difficult to decide if the simple logical economic greed is disgusting than the reminiscences and aftermaths of all those very old sexist writings by weird old men Those two axes of evil certainly exponentiate each other learn from each other and produce the right social and consumer products for him who unofficially still deems women inferior In design the number of toilets is a prime example of male domination This is not deadly in contrast to using crash test dummies that are normed as male or giving free condoms and restricting female contraception but an instance of simply forgetting that there is another gender out there Or designing public transport in a way that makes it impossible to do than just manly things like driving from home to work and back and not caring about things like groceries kids and stuff It would also be expensive to tailor clothes that fit better at hips and breasts so it simply isn t done As much talk as there is about gendering sexual harassment eating disorders etc so less is heard about those topics in mainstream media Those would probably bash the religious groups as long as the broadcast corporation doesn t belong to the Kraken But they wouldn t even touch the economic problems with pincers and gloves cause they all are very dependent on the companies advertising their products There are no men in general to blame but a society and upbringing that makes them so blind to the different necessities of half of the population that their work publications and statistics get highly subconscious biased onesided dangerous and often even deadly as seen in medicine especially pharmacy one of the sickest examples of misleading science I have ever seen especially because it is so obvious and could be easily prevented This is a men biased world one could sing and yes the so called strong gender built the whole world with a focus on efficiency profit or prestige and didn t listen care or even think of the needs of all their wives mothers sisters and daughters And they inherited this behavior to their sons instead who live in a world of big data with algorithms AI and immense potential to use all those tools to improve life for all people but instead as daddy taught them they simply ignore forget or the easiest way don t even evaluate the data about women to jump in their money storage instead and let gold coins softly recoil from their bald head from daddy too producing a hollow sound from a skull just filled with By empowering women making a strict law to make half of each government and management leadership ranks half female make all research transparent with tools like blockchain and dumping direct and indirect sexism in the trash can of history right next to all the other sick ideas out of white men s headsThis is another great book about the topic like to talk about WEIRD and the topic is a prime example of it wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books


10 thoughts on “Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

  1. says:

    I really dislike conspiracy theories – in fact few things make me angrier The reason is that a conspiracy generally involves people plotting and planning and those people who are assumed to have the power to bring the conspiracy into effect generally have been shown in history to be pretty stupid – in fact

  2. says:

    Incredibly enlightening and frustrating

  3. says:

    Do not read this if you are suffering from high blood pressure because it is absolutely rage inducing However EVERYONE should read this at some point it looks at things that I had never even considered genuinely brilliantSecond Read so my Feminist bookclub have this on the list so gave it a reread just as goddamn rage inducing on the second read

  4. says:

    Simply said if someone is in power he tries to make a policy that meets his wishes and reflects the image of the society company etc he wants to build This can be done in a direct evil way by treating minorities women atheists etc with repression until imprisonment torture and death if they misbehave and in these cases it is an obvious crime It gets subtle when bigotry and indoctrination kick in and lead to both politicians and

  5. says:

    I don't know who would possibly want a man's opinion on a book about the problems with male default bias but here's my reviewThis is essentially a collection of statistics which entail how systems made by men and for men are minimizing and marginalizing the other 50% of the population It does this by breaking th

  6. says:

    This is a book about unconscious bias It's not about men deliberately excluding women when considering things like uniforms city travel or treatments for medical conditions although it's true that once the bias is pointed out it's not always

  7. says:

    This is a really good comprehensive investigation of how a failure to account for gender based needs and reuirements results in a bias towards cis menThis is exactly why the casual cissexism embedded in it is so unfortunate and harmfulPerez critics the continuous overlooking of women and women's needs but is h

  8. says:

    This is a long delayed hugely important book which people of ALL genders should be reading Sadly people seem to be discussing it than have actually read it It's not just about crash test dummies or voice recognition software or airline seats or toilet ueues or medical research It's about the systematic way in which data on women has been ig

  9. says:

    Invisible Women is the story of wh

  10. says:

    Most of recorded human history is one big data gap Starting with the theory of Man the Hunter the chroniclers of the past have left little space for women’s role in the evolution of humanity whether cultural or biological Instead the lives of men have been taken to represent those of humans overall When it comes to the lives of the other ha

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