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Evidence of sexism in science doesn’t convince men on the internet that there’s a problem

January 11, 2015

The Washington Post reports on a study that examined the comments left by readers on stories about sexism in the sciences posted by outlets including The New York Times, Discover Magazine, and IFL Science:

…it isn’t surprising that a pile of evidence saying “sexism is a major problem in STEM fields” would make a bunch of male-identifying commenters foam at the mouth. But since commenting threads can produce a kind of herd mentality, and since evidence shows that their tone can influence readers’ perspective of an article, it’s troubling to see these results laid out.


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