The Bizarre Hassles Women Face In Our World Designed For Men

The phone you are reading this text on is easy to hold...if you're a man. That's according to statistics on average hand size & average phone size. If you're a woman? Good luck taking one-handed pictures on this slightly-too-big brick that might give you repetitive stress injuries men don't experience. Of course a phone is merely a device (that you do everything in your life on). But what if there's a mountain of data proving women get erased from all aspects of modern society, from design to media to medicine? And what if that erasure is a full-on life-or-death issue that (almost) no one is talking about?

On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by journalist, activist, and author Caroline Criado Perez. They dive into an array of facts, figures, and critical lacks of data, all gathered in her amazing new book Invisible Women: Data Bias In A World Designed For Men. They'll also explore the conscious & unconscious biases that drive women out of the workforce, swing voters into screwing over their own countries, and cause massive problems we could fix with a little more awareness...and maybe even a modest investment in studying human organs besides the penis.

Footnotes:

Invisible Women: Data Bias In A World Designed For Men by Caroline Criado Perez

The deadly truth about a world built for men - from stab vests to car crashes (The Guardian)

Women on bank notes: is the Bank of England finally listening? (The Guardian)

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Elizabeth Fry (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Clara Schumann was completely unique and awesome - and here's why (ClassicFM)

Judith Leyster (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Was Jane Austen a 'secret radical'? (The Washington Post)

Jane Austen's 10-pound bank note, not without irony, is revealed (Los Angeles Times)

Population, female (% of total) (World Bank data)

Women Of The C-Suite: "Have skin like a rhino" With Tania Boler, CEO of Elvie (Medium)

The inside story of the vaginal mesh scandal, from top removal surgeon (New Scientist)

MPs on parental leave to be allowed proxy vote (The Guardian)

New Zealand promised and delivered a gun ban. Here's why the U.S. can't do the same (CBC)

Researchers behind Windsor breast cancer study not shy about advocating for female workers (The Star)

E.U. Approves Brexit Extension, but Chaotic Departure Still Looms (The New York Times)

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