Saturday, January 17, 2009


The Economist has a nice article about our hidden prejudices. Among other things, it shows that many of us are biased (without realizing we are) against overweight people. This reminded me of something that happened during my first year of grad school. I was taking, together with a dozen of other graduate students, a course for future teaching assistants. One day, the course facilitator showed us pictures of several students and asked us to guess the best and worst students.  There was a wide variance in the choice of the best student, but everybody picked the same person as the worst student: it was an overweight woman (actually, almost everybody; my friend Nada said that it was impossible to answer the question by just looking at a picture.  OK, I know what you are thinking and, no, Nada is not overweight).

Here are some racism tests.

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