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Unsichtbare Frauen: Wie eine von Männern gemachte Welt die Hälfte der Bevölkerung ignoriert

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Unsere Welt ist von Männern für Männer gemacht und tendiert dazu, die Hälfte der Bevölkerung zu ignorieren. Caroline Criado-Perez erklärt, wie dieses System funktioniert. Sie legt die geschlechtsspezifischen Unterschiede bei der Erhebung wissenschaftlicher Daten offen. Die so entstandene Wissenslücke liegt der kontinuierlichen und systematischen Diskriminierung von Frauen ...more
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Published February 10th 2020 by Btb (first published March 7th 2019)
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Ludo I have just finished. It is illuminating and terrifying. It raised my blood but also my desire to speak up and be heard and make a change even if just…moreI have just finished. It is illuminating and terrifying. It raised my blood but also my desire to speak up and be heard and make a change even if just in my own small world. So I guess, whilst it sound naff, it’s life changing, perspective swivelling and an important read for everyone. One of the most important books I’ve ever read along with Uninhabitable Earth.(less)
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Trevor
I really dislike conspiracy theories in fact, few things make me angrier. The reason is that a conspiracy generally involves people plotting and planning and those people who are assumed to have the power to bring the conspiracy into effect generally have been shown in history to be pretty stupid in fact, far too stupid to do the conspiracy and keep quiet about it. Conspiracy theories also tend to involve improbable leaps of faith along the way, you know, like the one that the US government ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Incredibly enlightening... and frustrating.
Becky
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do not read this if you are suffering from high blood pressure, because it is absolutely rage inducing. However EVERYONE should read this at some point, it looks at things that I had never even considered, genuinely brilliant.

Second Read- so.... my Feminist bookclub have this on the list, so gave it a reread- just as goddamn rage inducing on the second read.
Sci-(Fi) Nerd Mario
Simply said, if someone is in power, he tries to make a policy that meets his wishes and reflects the image of the society, company, etc he wants to build. This can be done in a direct, evil way by treating minorities, women, atheists, etc. with repression until imprisonment, torture and death if they misbehave and in these cases, it is an obvious crime.

It gets more subtle when bigotry and indoctrination kick in and lead to both politicians and managers that are not all direct, misogynic
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Gwen
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about unconscious bias. It's not about men deliberately excluding women when considering things like uniforms, city travel, or treatments for medical conditions ... although it's true that once the bias is pointed out, it's not always top of the list to make safety adjustments. And that's really one of the most important points of the book: it endangers women if you design and build the world without considering women's needs and habits. Women are built in a particular way, and ...more
Rob
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know who would possibly want a man's opinion on a book about the problems with male default bias, but... here's my review.

This is essentially a collection of statistics which entail how systems made by men and for men are minimizing and marginalizing the other 50% of the population. It does this by breaking the statistics down into chapter-spanning categories and creating a cohesive narrative to explain how all of these events are related and come back to the same basic problem.

I would
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Joanne Harris
This is a long-delayed, hugely important book, which people of ALL genders should be reading. Sadly, more people seem to be discussing it than have actually read it. It's not just about crash test dummies, or voice recognition software, or airline seats, or toilet queues, or medical research. It's about the systematic way in which data on women has been ignored, neglected and downright erased, whereas data on men is not only abundant, but recognized as the universal norm. The needs of the ...more
Krista
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019
Invisible Women is the story of what happens when we forget to account for half of humanity. It is an exposé of how the gender data gap harms women when life proceeds, more or less as normal. In urban planning, politics, the workplace. It is also about what happens to women living in a world built on male data when things go wrong. When they get sick. When they lose their home in a flood. When they have to flee that home because of war.

My husband is not a knuckle-dragging caveman, but he is a
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Anna
I decided to read Invisible Women after coming across an extract from it in the Guardian and associated discussion on twitter. Both focused on how practically everything is designed for the mythical average man. I'm very aware of this due to being only 5ft tall. I cannot reach any overhead racks in trains, hanging straps in buses, or top shelves in supermarkets. Ive given up on backpacks because theyre never comfortable and find smart phones incredibly unwieldy to use, one of many reasons I hate ...more
Candie
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye opening!!! So interesting to see how deep inequality really goes systemically. I mean you know it does, but I've never looked at it through the eyes of all of this data before, or lack there of. It discusses a lot of topics that are not generally talked about when people are talking about gender inequality. Areas that you have never even thought about; for example things like snow removal, public transportation, how public bathrooms are designed. Some of the things discussed are life ...more
Kelly
Read this if you're ready to get mad about how basically every research study done and used to create solutions to problems for "all people" are based on the average white male. Not surprising, but infuriating to see it laid out so plainly. I've always been so angered about technology being not useful for my tiny hands, and it's relieving -- and again, angering and frustrating -- this is just a norm of being female when research completely excludes the fact your body isn't the average white ...more
Olivia
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I've picked up this book, I've recommended it to everyone I've talked to, and now I'm recommending it to you. This is an extremely well-researched and comprehensive look at the gender data gap in all aspects of life, ranging from the utterly absurd to the life-threatening. The sub-subtitle of this book could be "but wait, there's more" as Criado Perez delves deep into the social construction of the gender data gap with both conscious humour and appropriate outrage. I cannot recommend this ...more
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
You know the feeling when you have known something all your life but everyone else thinks your mental when you talk about it. How often I have been told to be exaggerating when I pointed out bias against women. I mean most people will agree that it exists, but when I go on about how systematic it is, stacked against us in a way that it feels impossible to win or even pull a draw... then eyes start to glaze over. In comes @ccriadoperez excellent book that I recommend everyone to read especially ...more
Donna Backshall
I read this hoping to do a presentation at work for our Women's Development forum, but holy crap, how in the world do you boil down such a densely filled book into 10-15 slides and a clean summary?

IT CAN'T BE DONE.

Well, it can, but it wouldn't come close to doing justice to this vastly important book. "Gender data gap" would sound too much like a buzz word, and the message could never penetrate as it should.

Instead I am submitting this as a book club choice at work, but hoping we can read it
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BrokenTune
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, non-fiction
Utterly brilliant.
What an infuriating, thought-provoking, well-researched, well-presented investigation into the gender data gap and the problems this causes with respect to women being represented in all parts of life.

The breadth and level of detail that the author covers is fantastic. The referencing to research alone makes this book stand out for me as it does back up what often is communicated as anecdotal evidence - i.e. is usually disputable - with something far more concrete. The
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aPriL does feral sometimes
'Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men" by Carolyn Criado-Pérez spectacularly describes factually and scientifically every problem all women have in navigating every society in the world using scientific Big Data, and small data.

Criado-Pérez goes deep describing the issues of Men thinking about Women and the results of that thinking: from physical safety to using tools/machines/weapons to difficulties in networking to harmful stereotypes to body-shaming. I was reminded of the
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Diane S ☔
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nfr-2020
Thoughts soon.
Lior
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
This is a really good comprehensive investigation of how a failure to account for gender based needs and requirements results in a bias towards cis men.
This is exactly why the casual cissexism embedded in it is so unfortunate and harmful.
Perez critics the continuous overlooking of women and women's needs, but is herself continuously overlooking trans and nonbinary people. She also keeps switching between sex and gender as interchangeable.
The most problematic claim is that a lack of
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Zoe Obstkuchen
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could make everyone read this book in the hope that every man could actually see how insignificant women are in a male-oriented world. Quite simply, we do not exist.
When I was 13 I adored reading Sherlock Holmes stories but I soon worked out that when a man refers to people what he actually means is other men. Every single thing that impacts on the lives of women has actually been designed by men for the benefit of men. From cars to taxes, from medication to disaster relief time and
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Katie Lumsden
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really strong and interesting read. It's a very powerful, somewhat depressing but entirely eye-opening look at how women and data surrounding women is left out of the system we live it. I would highly, highly recommend.
Sippy
Had a hard time reading this, skipped, scanned, got bored with the ranting and the constant portaying women as victims and mothers. They are many times, but especially in western countries they have and can do more than is suggested in this book. Underwhelming. And yes: I am a feminist. ♀ ...more
Sara
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 👱♀

Incredibly interesting and insightful, 'Invisible Women' explores the often forgotten yet rife data bias in gender. Throughout culture, male biased opinions and ideas form the basis of societal thought and influence - leading to a disadvantage for women in all aspects of their life. It's a disadvantage you may not even be aware of or tend to brush off as a daily inconvenience. It's the shelves in the supermarket that are too high because they've
...more
Emily
This is a wide-ranging and thoroughly enraging study of how the world is explicitly designed around men. I think it's very easy to understand, at a high level, that societies are patriarchal and that sexism exists. It's another thing to look at each of the assumptions that undergird specific examples of men as the default, and to look at the (frankly) terrible outcomes that industries and areas provide for women as a result. Did you know that EU car manufacturers do not have to pass any crash ...more
Avolyn Fisher
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, data, 2019
The popular feminist phrase, 'the future is female,' may make me cringe, but this book makes it abundantly clear that the past and arguably the present, are still very much male.

This book is one of the few books I've come across whose description doesn't even scratch the surface of what's to come. I can't think of a book that I've read that was so well researched and written as this, and I'm someone who loves this type of nonfiction work, and has read every one of Malcolm Gladwell's books,
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K.H. Leigh
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Everybody needs to read this book. Everybody. Female, male, nonbinary, everybody.

The introduction perfectly articulated and validated many of my own anecdotal observations - the pervasive idea that female is somehow a deviation of human, rather than the base model. The first few chapters, which deal largely with social impacts - community planning, workplace dynamics, etc. - were fascinating, insightful, and compelling.

But then as the book progresses, Criado-Perez slowly ups the ante. By the
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Silvana
Shocking. Terrifying. Exasperating. And to me, life-changing. I know I am in a marginal group (at least in my country's and cultural context), but I did not know that I'm being marginalized in every aspect of my life, from the cellphone I use until the fact that I have been doing many care work without remuneration.

This is the story of systematized marginalization of half of the world population just because they have vagina. This book makes me angry. My own city does not care about my mobility
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Sarah
Solid. Informative. More evidence that I should resist doing the dishes.
Becky
You'd think that by this point, having read as much on this and similar topics as I have, that I wouldn't be shocked anymore at how little women are considered or valued in society... but apparently not. This book was eye opening and yet, completely unsurprising.

This is a book about how the Default Human is man. Throughout history, men have been the form around which everything was based. Men were and are the arbiter of value, and as such, designed society and infrastructure around their own,
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Emily B
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely an interesting and informative read. I learnt so much from reading this book, which I hope I can retain.
But yes this book is very statistic heavy, as a result there is a lot to take in.


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