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Buck comments on Why & How to Make Progress on Diversity & Inclusion in EA - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Buck 26 October 2017 07:14:28PM *  9 points [-]

What evidence causes you to think that heterosexuality is overrepresented in EA? That seems backwards to me.

Comment author: Kelly_Witwicki 26 October 2017 08:23:07PM 2 points [-]

I believe sexuality is a demographic we do well on.

Comment author: Buck 26 October 2017 08:25:26PM 8 points [-]

We also have way more trans women than society at large.

Comment author: zdgroff 27 October 2017 03:32:01AM *  2 points [-]

I think there are some varied skews here. It seems that we do well on representation of trans people generally and queer women relative to the total number of women, but not on queer men relative to the number of men. I think there are probably more political queer men (rejection of gay/straight binary sort of thing) than in most communities, but not many men who regularly sleep or seek to sleep with men. I know I was in the community for years before meeting one.

So yes, I think the skew is toward straight, white dudes, and I'll say I do find the machismo off-putting even as a fairly straight-passing gay man.

Comment author: MichaelPlant 26 October 2017 10:42:28PM 2 points [-]

Hmm. Maybe EA is more inclusively representated on the sexual dimension. I'd hadn't really noticed this either way, and more typed this out of habit. I stick by there being an oddly high number of white dudes though.

Comment author: casebash 27 October 2017 01:18:25AM 5 points [-]

If you aren't going to defend the claim made in the original comment, I would suggest that it would be good practise to edit the word "straight" out of the comment. There are a lot of Cached Thoughts on both sides of the debate and I would like to encourage people to break out of them.

Comment author: MichaelPlant 27 October 2017 10:30:40AM 2 points [-]

okay. point taken