bias in peer review
bonifer at sun2.ruf.uni-freiburg.de
Tue Jun 17 04:13:26 EST 1997
Neo Martinez (neo at sfsu.edu) wrote:
: Howdy Folks,
: A couple of people mentioned an idea that may be rather
: destructive of some goals we hold in common. That idea is the assertion
: that affirmative action programs and separate evaluations for different
: groups fosters the notion that women and minorities are less qualified for
: the positions they hold. This assertion gains more credibility from
: our repetition of it.
: What these many studies and our own experiences demonstrate is
: that there is a literally *incredible* institutionalized affirmative
: action program in place for white males. Folks who post keep saying it's
: discrimination against us rather than affirmative action for them. The
: fact is that white males have their powerful positions largely because of
: their race and gender. Both those traits treat them to preferential
: treatment from the day they are born 'til much after they're dead and
: My point is this: Quit being on the defensive. Go on the
: offensive. White males benefit from overwhelming amounts of
: institutionalized affirmative action (from TV to politics to education to
: peer review). It is they who are less qualified due to their talents and
: more "qualified" due to their race and gender. Start telling them so!
: Isn't that what all these studies are saying?
Yes. This is exactly what these studies say.And that is why I say:
Develop countermeasures.Say: it is a FACT that there is discrimination.
So we want out fair share.
I am speaking from a country where affirmative action is non-existant.
Here science is completely male dominated. I am fighting things like:
Being constantly addressed with Herr in letters, in spite of the fact that I am Frau,since nobody seems to be able to imagine that a woman is an
having to develop a certain style of speech, because I am the only woman in
lab leader meeting and nobody would listen to me if would not
have developed a loud voice,
and in turn..when I gain some respect, I am a bitch.
having to discuss with men about whether to employ a female as academic
director even when she is in child bearing age and may go on maternity leave,
and so on.
In this respect I envy the US. Even if you think you have a long way to go.
But at least there is some conciousness about the problem.
Institut fuer BiologieIII
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