Re: "The study  doesn't even mention harassment"
If someone is being singled out for frequent negative comments based on
their gender, that's pretty much the definition of sexual harassment.
On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 6:11 AM, Joseph Reagle <joseph.2011(a)reagle.org>
Interesting and important study! But the press glosses
mis-representative. The study  doesn't even mention harassment; also,
because of the small sample size and only 13% of that (11 individuals)
uttered hostile sexist statements "We found that the presence of sexist
statements was not determined by differences in maximum skill achieved."
The paper is really about the extent to which lower-status male players are
bigger jerks to women players. They did find this with respect to negative
and positive statements, but didn't have the statistical power to conclude
a correlation about hostile sexist statements.
What I found interesting methodologically is that for the analysis they
had two exclude two jerks as outliers. "For the examination of negative
statements, there were two focal players in the female-voiced manipulation
that made 10 more negative statements than the next highest individuals
(greater than 5 standard deviations from the mean). As a result, we removed
them from our analysis to ensure they did not skew our results towards
significance." Given the "rotten apple" thesis (a minority of jerks can
spoil the barrel), what they had to do for the purposes of their thesis and
statistical analysis doesn't correspond to the experience women players may
have. That is, I believe, if we excluded 5% of the most awful people online
as outliers, the Net would be lovely!
On 07/22/2015 10:02 PM, Neotarf wrote:
"For their latest study, published in the
journal PLOS One last week,
[Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, researchers
at the University of
New South Wales and Miami University, respectively] watched how men treated
women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3.
"As they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that
made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their
skill level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each
other. Male players who were good at the game also tended to pay
compliments to other male and female players.
"Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the
performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty
comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are /literally/
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