The human-computer interaction (HCI) community appears at first glance to be gender neutral in that we often select gender non-specific words when referring to people in our writing. However, we still face diversity challenges that have inspired research considering questions of gender equality in HCI. We join this body of research by conducting a study that explores whether the language used in our papers to describe people is actually perceived as gender neutral.
In this seminar, we will explore how the most common words that have been used to refer to people in recent HCI literature are received by non-experts. While we may intend the language that we use to be neutral, our method can be used to help determine whether this is the case. We offer an increased understanding of the perception of HCI’s people words and discuss the challenges this poses in striving toward gender inclusiveness.
- Cayley MacArthur (Games Institute/Systems Design Engineering)
- Adam Bradley (English Language and Literature)
Part of the Gender and Equity Scholarship Series:
The Gender and Equity Series aims to promote gender and equity research taking place at the University of Waterloo, and to provide networking opportunities for equity-minded faculty, staff and students on campus.