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Why the Confidence Gap Is a Myth - The Atlantic
According to another recent study, it’s most often a fear of this backlash, and not a lack of confidence, that prevents many women from self-promoting.

As with most misdiagnoses, the prescribed treatments for women’s supposed lack of confidence—practicing power poses, banishing vocal habits like “upspeak,” eliminating negative thoughts—don’t seem to have had any impact.

Smith, who has studied gender norms in the workplace, says that the strategies that make the biggest difference in women’s lack of self-promotion put the onus on companies, not the women who work in them. One simple tactic is for workplaces to normalize the practice of self-promotion, so that when women talk about their achievements, they are less likely to face the well-documented backlash.

Companies should also hold workshops that highlight for employees the research on the backlash that confident women often experience in the workplace, Smith adds. Not only would these trainings make people more aware of their deeply ingrained but often implicit gender biases, but they would also help otherwise-confident women understand why they might feel uncomfortable self-promoting.
stephanie-thomson  theatlantic.com  women-and-work  feminism  confidence-gap  career-advice  work-environment  culture 
2 hours ago by yolandaenoch
After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside | The New Yorker
Torvalds’s decision to step aside came after The New Yorker asked him a series of questions about his conduct for a story on complaints about his abusive behavior discouraging women from working as Linux-kernel programmers. In a response to The New Yorker, Torvalds said, “I am very proud of the Linux code that I invented and the impact it has had on the world. I am not, however, always proud of my inability to communicate well with others—this is a lifelong struggle for me. To anyone whose feelings I have hurt, I am deeply sorry.”
burn  culture  prog 
4 hours ago by kmt
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
"Keeping weight off means fighting your body’s energy-regulation system and battling hunger all day, every day, for the rest of your life"

"Yes, nearly every population-level study finds that fat people have worse cardiovascular health than thin people. But individuals are not averages"
health  culture 
5 hours ago by yorickdupon
Teju Cole on turning his photography into music with jazz pianist and fellow polymath Vijay Iyer
I take notes at the time of being in places. I take a lot of photographs. You never know until you develop your film whether that idea worked. If I photograph a shining Mediterranean full of boats, it could be a perfectly banal picture or it could work. It might just have enough tension in it. I don’t know for weeks and months after I develop the film whether something I’ve done retains its charge. And I don’t know of the many things I’ve jotted down which one is worth writing up more fully. It’s not about text or image coming first. It’s about being attentive — about having both pieces come together like magnets.
art  beauty  media  music  culture  photography  attention  curation 
6 hours ago by allaboutgeorge
How We’re Making Code of Conduct Enforcement Real — and Scaling it.
In 2017 the Open Innovation team set goals envisioning Mozilla’s Community Participation Guidelines as a tool not only for consequence, but as a measure and strong influence of community health…
community  safety  codeofconduct  culture  opensource  diversity 
6 hours ago by adamcohenrose
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post
'What does work, Corrigan says, is for fat people to make it clear to everyone they interact with that their size is nothing to apologize for. “When you pity someone, you think they’re less effective, less competent, more hurt,” he says. “You don’t see them as capable. The only way to get rid of stigma is from power.”' - relevant to pity games.
article  health  obesity  fatness  diet  pity  society  culture 
8 hours ago by Nachimir
After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside | The New Yorker
Noam Cohen on Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and his decision to step aside following complaints of abusive behavior toward programmers, and particularly women, who work on the system.
abuse  linux  linus.torvalds  culture 
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