NewsWise: Gender Plays Key Role in Influencer Call-Outs

NewsWise: Gender Plays Key Role in Influencer Call-Outs. ” Social media influencers stake their claim in the pop culture landscape by crafting aspirational personas and sharing intimate details of their lives with online audiences. … But in addition to their loyal fans, there is a legion of equally passionate ‘anti-fans,’ whose self-appointed mission is to hold these influential people accountable by calling out inauthenticity, unrealistic portrayals of ‘real life,’ and outright deception. Anti-fandom can serve a social function by allowing people to critique norm transgressions, but it can also be a destructive force, a Cornell-led research team proposes.”

MIT Technology Review: Social media filters are helping people explore their gender identity

MIT Technology Review: Social media filters are helping people explore their gender identity. “Oliver Haimson, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan who studies transgender identity and experiences online, says that for trans, gender-nonconforming, or gender-curious folk, filters can be a way to play with gender expression without the investment and skill that makeup requires or the time, hormones, and luck it takes to grow facial hair. He explains that filters are an important and widely used tool for identity exploration.”

Penn Today: Bridging Wikipedia’s gender gap, one article at a time

Penn Today: Bridging Wikipedia’s gender gap, one article at a time. “A new study co-authored by Isabelle Langrock, a Ph.D. candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, and Annenberg associate professor Sandra González-Bailón evaluates the work of two prominent feminist movements, finding that while these movements have been effective in adding a large volume of biographical content about women to Wikipedia, such content remains more difficult to find due to structural biases.”

PsyPost: Deceptive self-presentation on social media differs between men and women – and is related to gender equality

PsyPost: Deceptive self-presentation on social media differs between men and women – and is related to gender equality. “Deceptive self-presentation refers to impression-management behaviors that aim to enhance one’s image to others through intentional, incorrect disclosures that can occur through any form – such as, text, images, videos, or location tags. In this work, Dasha Kolesnyk and colleagues explore 1) the extent to which men and women differ in deceptive self-presentation on social media in the domains of physical attractiveness and personal achievement, and 2) how gender equality in a given society influences such practices, and whether gender differences in deceptive self-presentation depend on gender equality.”

University of Washington: Google’s ‘CEO’ image search gender bias hasn’t really been fixed

University of Washington: Google’s ‘CEO’ image search gender bias hasn’t really been fixed. “The researchers showed that for four major search engines from around the world, including Google, this bias is only partially fixed, according to a paper presented in February at the AAAI Conference of Artificial Intelligence. A search for an occupation, such as ‘CEO,’ yielded results with a ratio of cis-male and cis-female presenting people that matches the current statistics. But when the team added another search term — for example, ‘CEO + United States’ — the image search returned fewer photos of cis-female presenting people. In the paper, the researchers propose three potential solutions to this issue.”

ABA Journal: New database tracks gender-based violence sentencing decisions in the Pacific

ABA Journal: New database tracks gender-based violence sentencing decisions in the Pacific. “Among the data compiled for each country, the TrackGBV Dashboard highlights contentious factors in gender-based violence cases that could discriminate against survivors when used in mitigation by the court. These include gender stereotyping; customary practices, such as forgiveness ceremonies; and other factors, such as a perpetrator’s religious activities.” The database currently contains information about Samoa, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Other Pacific nations will be added in the future.

Mashable: On TikTok, being ‘written by a woman’ is the ultimate compliment

Mashable: On TikTok, being ‘written by a woman’ is the ultimate compliment. “Male authors have been accused of writing women as one-dimensional beings with little development compared to their male counterparts. Women written by men are also infamous for being described in vivid, unnecessary detail. Discussions about men written by women and women written by men have been brewing on TikTok for months, inspiring a meme in which users transcended the gender dichotomy.”

Google Blog: A Dataset for Studying Gender Bias in Translation

Google AI Blog: A Dataset for Studying Gender Bias in Translation. “To help facilitate progress against the common challenges on contextual translation (e.g., pronoun drop, gender agreement and accurate possessives), we are releasing the Translated Wikipedia Biographies dataset, which can be used to evaluate the gender bias of translation models. Our intent with this release is to support long-term improvements on ML systems focused on pronouns and gender in translation by providing a benchmark in which translations’ accuracy can be measured pre- and post-model changes.”

Vancouver Island University: VIU Symposium Examines Intertwined Histories of Gender, Food and Sovereignty

Vancouver Island University: VIU Symposium Examines Intertwined Histories of Gender, Food and Sovereignty. “Vancouver Island University (VIU) scholars and panelists from around the globe are examining how the histories of food and sovereignty are intimately intertwined during a symposium this June. The Food and Sovereignty symposium, hosted virtually by VIU and the journal Gender & History June 17-20, will examine how histories of food and sovereignty have intersected with gender over time.” The keynote speaker is Ozoz Sokoh, creator of the digital library Feast Afrique.

University of Maine: Online collection documents activism by women’s organizations in Maine

University of Maine: Online collection documents activism by women’s organizations in Maine. “The Maine Women’s History Collection documents the efforts of women’s organizations to address a variety of social and political issues including women’s suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, child care, health care, environmental pollution, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights and social stratification, and provides evidence of persistent obstacles to gender equality, such as gender stereotypes, employment discrimination and domestic violence.”

Poynter: It’s time for data visualizations to be more inclusive of gender information

Poynter: It’s time for data visualizations to be more inclusive of gender information. “For decades, visualizations that display gender data have promoted a binary mindset, which marginalizes and excludes those who don’t identify as strictly male or female. Nonbinary concepts of gender are becoming more and more accepted, and the distinction between assigned sex and gender is finally being recognized on a societal scale. Our data should reflect this.”

PsyPost: COVID‐19 pandemic may have increased preferences for traditional gender roles

PsyPost: COVID‐19 pandemic may have increased preferences for traditional gender roles. “A new study has found that the early stages of the COVID‐19 pandemic coincided with increases in support for traditional gender roles among U.S. adults, suggesting that the coronavirus outbreak is linked to a small shift towards social conservatism. The findings appear in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive. “Amplifying the voices of those fighting against long histories of patriarchal dominance, the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive documents and preserves the work of activists, grassroots organizations, and social justice movements committed to promoting the visibility and experiences of LGBTQAI+ people and women in South Asia and its diasporas.”