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Invisible Women

Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Invisible Women, by Caroline Criado Perez.

You've heard all about the gender pay gap.... Welcome to the gender data gap.

Our world is largely built for and by men, in a system that can ignore half the population. This audiobook will tell you how and why this matters.

In her new audiobook, Invisible Women, award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. She exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.

Caroline brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrates the hidden ways in which women are excluded from the very building blocks of the world we live in and the impact this has on their health and well-being. From government policy and medical research to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media, Invisible Women exposes the biased data that excludes women. In making the case for change, this powerful and provocative audiobook will make you see the world anew.

©2019 Caroline Criado Perez (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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"Invisible Women takes on the neglected topic of what we don't know - and why. The result is a powerful, important and eye-opening analysis of the gender politics of knowledge and ignorance. With examples from technology to natural disasters, this is an original and timely reminder of why we need women in the leadership of the institutions that shape every aspect of our lives." (Cordelia Fine) 

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  • Joonas Pihlajamaa
  • 02/05/2019

Bridging the gender data gap with too much data

The idea of the book is great. Many of the examples are very interesting, and many even surprise you "huh that is true!". However, the exhausting listing of examples drowns the line of thought, or then there's just too little thought to begin with. Out of the 8725 examples covered in this book, I'd keep maybe 2500 of the most interesting ones and replace the leftover space with reflection.

I started the book with high hopes to educate myself (and as a man with less personal experience) to realize the subtle ways the society still puts genders on different standing, but many chapters (especially the 45 minutes about toilets) left me wishing the reader would stop with anecdotes already and either offer some synthesis or move forward to another topic. I'm sure the point could've been driven home with fewer well chosen anecdotes.

The author did excellent job collecting all these examples, but narrative took a hit under the sheer amount of them. I'd recommend listening to a sample to see if you think you can get through this, or split the listening over a longer time period.

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  • Lior
  • 02/05/2019

Invisible Trans People

This is a really good comprehensive investigation of how a failure to account for gender based needs and requirements results in a bias towards cis men.
This is exactly why the casual cissexism embedded in it is so unfortunate and harmful.
Perez critics the continuous overlooking of women and women's needs, but is herself continuously overlooking trans and nonbinary people. She also keeps switching between sex and gender as interchangeable.
The most problematic claim is that a lack of sex-segregated bathrooms in some places increases rape and sexual assault. This is clearly focusing on the wrong aspect of a problem, while creating new problems for people who don't fit the norm. It is extremely disappointing in the context of shedding light on how women are seen as a deviation of the cis male norm, who is seen as default.
A critical book published in 2019 which deals with gender cannot ignore trans folks. It is simply not good enough to address cis people exclusively in such a comprehensive book.
Hope there will be a better, more inclusive edition soon, as it is highly important this kind of information be accessible for all.