bias blind spot example
I was reading my local paper and stumbled upon a story about the city of Houston hiring a new police chief. I couldn’t help but notice that one of the chief’s first policies was to hire a new female officer. This seemed odd to me. The city of Houston has had a female officer to start with, and I am sure there are many other cities that have had women police chiefs.
But the city of Houston is the only one I can think of that has a bias blind spot. A bias blind spot is where laws and policies are made based on the sex of the person making the decision. The Houston police chief’s first policy was to hire a female officer, yet she is still the chief. I guess this is just one of those weird cases where there might be more to it, but it doesn’t change the fact that this was just so bizarre.
This was written in 2011, and I have no idea how it came about.
I think that the bias blind spot example is particularly bizarre because it’s just a way to take a policy and change it for a female officer. I doubt there are many biases in the police force that are not gender-neutral. I’d suggest that you try to take a policy that was originally set up in favor of women and make it so men are the ones making the decisions.
I believe that if you want to change a policy, you can do it. You can change a woman’s life, she can change her clothes, she can change things, but you can’t change a man’s life. So you have to deal with it.
I’m not sure if it’s so much that any policy is inherently biased toward a gender or just as a result of it being a policy set-up by someone who doesn’t understand it or has a bias for a certain gender. What is certain is that making a policy for the police or a fire company are fundamentally different. Firemen don’t go by the same policies as police officers. Firemen are trained to fight fires and be the first to respond to them.
The point is not that you have a bias for certain genders, but that there are different types of biases and everyone has them. A bias against women is different from a bias against men. A bias against gay people is different from a bias against heterosexuals. It is in everybody’s best interest to make sure people are treated fairly. If the government is bias you are biased. If the firemen are bias you are biased. If the firefighters are biased you are biased.
I’m not sure how you can make that point without being biased.
That’s exactly right. An example of how this applies to your own self-perceived bias is when you are driving on a one-way street in a city. You pass a red light. Your car is driven by a woman, but you are clearly looking at the road to the right and not to the left. The traffic signal isn’t red, so your car is passed by a man in the correct lane who is not looking to the right at all. You are biased.
The same thing applies to a certain set of web pages. When you are viewing a page on a particular website, you are biased toward the page to the right. You are biased towards the page that is not to the left. You are biased toward a particular page on the other side of the internet. This bias is due to the fact that your subconscious is biased. A biased web page is viewed by you more often than any other web page.