The person I was speaking to put forward the argument that having female-dominated shows would not aid the problem. I assume they were trying to put the thought across that it would only lead to further segregation between genders.
I don't fully disagree with this, but I do disagree that on the whole it would be a bad thing. See below for my response:
There have been studies (I can find info if you like) about how people perceive different genders. They did a study where they got a group of students (50% assigned male/50% assigned female) to discuss topics and then asked at the end how much they felt each gender spoke. The women said they thought the conversation was about even between the genders (which was closer to the truth that the men spoke, I think, 60% or so of the time), but the men said they felt the women overtook the conversation and felt men only spoke 20% of the time.
It is because it is deeply driven in us that women have nothing valuable to say, and also that on the whole women "talk to much", so having this stereotype already in their minds before they were asked the question they had already been tainted with observation bias. You're told women multitask better, you tend to see women multitasking and it proves the theory, and then you see men who can't multitask and it further proves what you think. But in actuality there will be a whole load of women who can't multitask and loads of men that can and a person will just not see it because it they've already been told what to think.
It goes the same for any "1 v 1" argument; religion, politics, race even. People tell us what to think and then don't have to try very hard to convince us if we are already inclined to believe it, we are imprinted upon on a very young age and it is subtle prejudice that we learn as a child that alters our view of what is true and what isn't. Obviously some things remain fact (like you know, general stuff like the Earth being round and how electricity works), but in cases like this, where truth is not easy to measure and incredibly obscure, it can be incredibly hard to retrain your brain, and people often don't want to. It causes stress and anxiety to have your views challenged. Our brains go into "fight or flight". We either avoid contact with those opposing us or we abuse them. In an ideal world we'd use that adrenaline to put across actual facts without bias (not deleting results that displease us, or shrugging them off like they don't matter), we would appreciate the views of others and assert our own. But people kind of fucking suck at that."
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