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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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Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

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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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. 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 top of the list to make safety adjustments And that s really one of the most important points of the book it endangers women if you design and build the world without considering women s needs and habits Women are built in a particular way and they are socially conditioned in a particular way and they re treated in a particular way comparing all this to men s situation is useful only to a certain extent because it is so easy for everyone to slip into the mindset that men are the default human and women are as the author notes niche We design things for people but really only think of men and their needs because and companies and designers are open about this women are harder with our non linear bodies and hormones meaning that sophisticated and expensive research needs to be doneWe also design things for men because men are the designers for the most part They have no experience being women of course and don t really look into it because for the most part it doesn t occur to them If you re a woman just think about all the books you ve read through the years about male experience with a male protagonist and presented or even taught to you as human experience We do it all the time and I read books regularly with male protagonists sorting out their stuff if you follow me here you ll see plenty of ex Navy SEALS running around But women s experience in novels and poems That s women s experience only My point here is that while women are trained to identify with both men and women and indeed possibly favor the male experience men aren t trained to look at or think about women s experience Criado Perez has really done her research but what could have been a very statistic heavy book is in fact very readable engaging and so enlightening The Introduction should really be published on its own it s magnificent This is a book to buy and keep and get some of those sticky notes because you ll want to mark pages for future reference


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 con

  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 godda

  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 wit

  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

  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 her

  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

  9. says:

    Invisible Women is the story of what happens when we forget to account for half of humanity It is an exposé of how the gender data gap harms women when life proceeds or less as normal In urban planning politics the workplace It is also about what happens to women living in a world built on male data when things

  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