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We need to talk about manels: the problem of implicit gender bias in sport and exercise medicine
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    Response to: We need to talk about manels: the problem of implicit gender bias in sport and exercise medicine
    • Jason R. Boynton, PhD Candidate School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA, Australia
    • Other Contributors:
      • Mark Reid, Physiotherapist
      • Kristina Georgiou, Lecturer

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    Response to: We need to talk about manels: the problem of implicit gender bias in sport and exercise medicine

    A recent editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine asserted that the presence of implicit bias in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is negatively affecting women in the field.1 We are concerned with the editorial’s lack of scientific approach, poor standard of evidence, and exclusion of important facts.

    The editorial argued implicit bias results in pronounced real-world effects in the form of gendered differences in SEM and society as a whole. However, no substantial scientific evidence of the magnitude of implicit bias’s real-world consequences on gender differences was presented. Instead, circular reasoning was utilized as implicit bias was assumed to manifest the gendered differences present in the SEM field and society.

    Implicit bias has been criticised within its field of psychology. A recent meta-analysis found little evidence that measurements of implicit bias are associated with any real-world manifestations of explicit bias or behaviour.2 Indeed, Patrick Forscher, one of the study’s authors implied in an interview that implicit bias’ use in policy making could be wasteful and even harmful.3

    Research suggests gender has an influence on personality, career preferences, and priorities.4 Indeed, where more freedom is allowed, the greater the disparity in traditionally gendered sectors.5 Extrapolation of thes...

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