• Thanks for the great article. Another similar study talking about this issue in the arts drawing from research on gender bias inherent in selection of women for roles in the sciences here: http://swimpony.org/2013/10/14/the-ballad-of-john-and-jen/

  • I’m not convinced that the science that’s cited here is as solid as it might seem at first blush (the IAT is particularly problematic) but that 10-point list is pure gold and could be used to combat bias in any workplace. In fact, I think I’m going to print it out, with the proper citation to Joy Meads of course, and post it on the wall of my office.

  • Gog Magog

    I guess I am more concerned about the sameness in the taste or artistic directors for what they consider “good theater” than I am whether there is an issue with diversity. Time and again, I see what comes out of New York or prominent regional theaters and it is generally underwhelming, non-adventurous, and bland. When a theatrical work comes out that gets high praise for its being “edgy,” one can usually be assured that it will be the same tame fare theaters usually offer, as if artistic directors and dramaturgs’ sense of where the boundaries are that are being crossed is frozen in the late 1800’s.

  • Jasper Taylor

    Great and important piece. Thank you for publishing this, AT!!

  • Saramis

    Regarding #1, for sure — I had an ex insist that men really ARE just better writers than women. I suggested that maybe, since he is a man, he feels a connection to the works of male playwrights just like maybe I feel a connection to those of women, and that a preference doesn’t necessarily make them objectively BETTER writers, but this was a silly thought as far as he was concerned. He was smart and therefore the things he likes were objectively the best things.