17% of cardiac surgeons are women, 17% of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice?
…We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17% women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33% women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.—
Source: NPR: Hollywood Needs More Women
Seriously, go listen to this.
To add onto this, the other way in class we had a study game, and decided to play girls against boys, and when we split the class up it was 50-50 girls to boys, and the boys STILL complained that there were more girls and that we ‘had an unfair advantage’. No, you’re all just stupid, there’s the same amount. Jesus christ.