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Internalized Sexism and Star Wars: My Long-Overdue Apology to Luke Skywalker

Whiny. It's the word I've used most often to describe Luke Skywalker and to explain, despite enjoying the Star Wars franchise, why I never saw what the "big deal" was with regard to Luke. However, I recently was forced to confront the unconscious biases through which I was looking at the character, and I feel like I totally owe Luke Skywalker an apology.

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UPDATE: Twitter Apparently Blocked Photo Searches for #Bisexual, So I Guess We’re All Vampires Now

You cannot capture our likeness

In a move that makes bi erasure ridiculously literal, the #bisexual tag is apparently blocked from Twitter Photos search in multiple countries.

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Bias, Not Behavior Determines Women’s Fate in the Workplace According to New Data From Harvard

Even as we acknowledge how terrible sexism is, the onus of halting its effects is often placed on women. We frame sexual assault in terms of women "not getting raped" as opposed to telling men not to rape. We frame domestic responsibilities in terms of women "having it all" as opposed to men "sharing some." In the workplace, women have been advised to "lean in," but all the leaning in in the world doesn't rid the workplace of the one thing that truly stops women's careers in their tracks: bias.

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Amplification, or How Obama’s Female Staffers Ensured They Were Recognized

It's a tale as old as time: female co-worker speaks in a meeting and is either ignored or dismissed. Male co-worker proceeds to say the same thing and is showered with praise while the woman looks into the camera like she's on The Office.

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Diversity Only Possible When We See It as an Advantage, Instead of as A “Problem to Be Solved”

For all that people are talking about the importance of diversity across all fields, it seems that there are always those willing to pay the idea lip service while remaining apathetic and short-sighted. What's sad is that it's the people that are supposedly the most creative and imaginative that are guilty of being the most myopic.

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Lori Goler Talk Managing Unconscious Bias

There's no question that the achievements of women like Sheryl Sandberg and Lori Goler of Facebook mean a lot. However, when Sandberg's book Lean In came out, there was some opposition to it, as some thought it tone-deaf when it comes to things like white privilege, or issues of class. So, I was very interested to hear what these ladies would have to say when I attended their presentation at this year's MAKERS Conference, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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