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Australian newspaper The Age published an excerpt of Shankar Vedantam’s book The Hidden Brain about the prevalence of sex bias, with men being considered more competent than women. It’s a very good article, although some would find it long, with good examples from academia – an area where one would think this kind of prejudice was eradicated:

The existence of unconscious sexism can be scientifically proved in laboratory experiments. We know that unconscious sexism caused the laboratory volunteers in Heilman’s experiment to find Andrea the manager less likeable than James the manager, because two groups of volunteers, divided at random, reached different conclusions about the likeability of the managers. Since the only thing that varied between the groups was whether they were told the manager was named Andrea or James, we can confidently say the outcome was produced by that single difference.

Rest of the article here.

Hat tip: The Situationist