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Ada Hegerberg becomes first woman to win the Ballon D’Or, gets asked if she can twerk

When Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to win the Ballon D’Or, she likely wasn’t expecting to get asked about her dancing prowess.   Not only are we still living in an age where women are having “firsts,” we’re also still living in an era where men think it’s cool to ask women...CONTINUE READING

Google got rid of ‘Smart Compose’ pronouns because humans are sexist

Unlike a lot of email signatures these days, Gmail doesn’t specify its preferred pronoun. To avoid perpetuating gender bias, Gmail stopped its “Smart Compose” text prediction feature — which provides likely ends of sentences and other phrases for Gmail users while composing emails — from suggesting pronouns, Reuters reported Tuesday.  SEE ALSO: Amazon used AI...CONTINUE READING

Amazon used AI to promote diversity. Too bad it’s plagued with gender bias.

AI may have sexist tendencies. But, sorry, the problem is still us humans. Amazon recently scrapped an employee recruiting algorithm plagued with problems, according to a report from Reuters. Ultimately, the applicant screening algorithm did not return relevant candidates, so Amazon canned the program. But in 2015, Amazon had a more worrisome issue with this...CONTINUE READING

Tennis has an equality problem. What happened with Serena Williams is a fraction of what that feels like.

Tennis star Serena Williams accused the U.S. Open final umpire, Carlos Ramos, of sexism after she was penalized for calling him a “liar” and a “thief.” Williams lost the match in straight sets to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka. Williams said the incident was a case in point of the glaring double standards according to which male...CONTINUE READING

Riot Games is finally ready to explain how it’s going to stamp out a ‘culture of sexism’

League of Legends developer Riot Games wants to share what it’s learned over the past month. The studio came under fire after Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio delivered an investigative report on Aug. 7 that exposed what the story referred to as a “culture of sexism” at the company. Riot responded the next day with a statement...CONTINUE READING

‘Sharp Objects’ shows why some women hurt themselves and each other

This post contains spoilers for the entire season of Sharp Objects. It’s telling that, in Sharp Objects, the most gruesome scenes are not images of dead little girls with their teeth ripped out. The more haunting violence is seen in the way a mother cuts down her own daughter, eviscerating her with words spoken in...CONTINUE READING

We need to talk about the sexist garbage in ‘Octopath Traveler’

This post includes spoilers for Octopath Traveler’s story, but who cares? It sucks. Octopath Traveler might be purposefully retro in its aesthetic and gameplay, but the game’s most backward quality of all is by far the blatant misogyny. The pixelated art style of this new beloved JRPG looks positively modern in comparison to how it...CONTINUE READING

‘League of Legends’ developers accused of fostering ‘culture of sexism’

League of Legends developer Riot Games has been accused of fostering a culture of sexism, Kotaku detailed in a lengthy report Tuesday. Kotaku spoke to nearly 30 current and former employees at Riot Games to paint a picture of the kinds of things that women face at Riot Games and its “bro culture,” including comments...CONTINUE READING
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