People on the internet…

Recently, I had a discussion with someone who refused to believe that bias against minorities is a thing, despite me explaining several scientific studies that prove that bias exist. The problem is not that this was a specifically ignorant person (in fact, he has a PhD, so you would think he understands scientific outcomes and how to interpret them) but just someone very convinced that the reality he wants to be true is true, see why feminists are so annoying (by me) and Men (on the Internet) don’t believe sexism is a problem in science, even when they see evidence (Washington Post)

This reminded me of a pattern that we see in other places too, and I was so inspired, I drew a comic to explain it:

kidding

 

Science has proven over and over and over and over again that there is a bias against women and other minorities. If you refuse to accept that, that is fine, but that means you are in the same category as anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers and those who think god made the earth 6000 years ago.

I get it! I understand it can be soothing to believe that God made the earth and is responsible for all suffering, so there is a reason. I get how it can be a relief to think vaccines cause autism, so there is something to blame other than having bad luck. I too understand how you really want to think that everyone is judged on merit, you and everyone else. Unfortunately though, that is not the truth.