“[F]or the first several years the SAT was offered, males scored higher than females on the Math section but females achieved higher scores on the Verbal section. ETS policy-makers determined that the Verbal test needed to be “balanced” more in favor of males, and added questions pertaining to politics, business and sports to the Verbal portion. Since that time, males have outscored females on both the Math and Verbal sections. Dwyer notes that no similar effort has been made to “balance” the Math section, and concludes that, “It could be done, but it has not been, and I believe that probably an unconscious form of sexism underlies this pattern. When females show the superior performance, ‘balancing’ is required; when males show the superior performance, no adjustments are necessary.” ”—
“Gender Bias in College Admissions Tests”, FairTest.org
And then people urge me everything is fine, of course it is, when you’re ignoring statistics that is.
I think my favorite thing about Night Vale is that they literally don’t give a fuck. They don’t give a fuck if a plane teleports into the gym, or the gravity turns off, or that one of the mysterious hooded figures brazenly steals babies. They just accept it and move on with their lives.
But if you so much as touch one hair on Carlos’ head then they banish you to the desert to give haircuts to cacti.
“It is important for scientists to be aware of what our discoveries mean, socially and politically. It’s a noble goal that science should be apolitical, acultural, and asocial, but it can’t be, because it’s done by people who are all those things.”— Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. (via coolchicksfromhistory)