The Nonbinary Fraction: Looking Towards the Future of Gender Equity in Astronomy. (arXiv:1907.04893v1 [astro-ph.IM])

The Nonbinary Fraction: Looking Towards the Future of Gender Equity in Astronomy. (arXiv:1907.04893v1 [astro-ph.IM])
<a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Rasmussen_K/0/1/0/all/0/1">Kaitlin C. Rasmussen</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Maier_E/0/1/0/all/0/1">Erin Maier</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Strauss_B/0/1/0/all/0/1">Beck E. Strauss</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Durbin_M/0/1/0/all/0/1">Meredith Durbin</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Riesbeck_L/0/1/0/all/0/1">Luc Riesbeck</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Wallach_A/0/1/0/all/0/1">Aislynn Wallach</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Zamloot_V/0/1/0/all/0/1">Vic Zamloot</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Erena_A/0/1/0/all/0/1">Allison Erena</a>

Gender equity is one of the biggest issues facing the field of astrophysics,
and there is broad interest in addressing gender disparities within astronomy.
Many studies of these topics have been performed by professional astronomers
who are relatively unfamiliar with research in fields such as gender studies
and sociology. As a result, they adopt a normative view of gender as a binary
choice of ‘male’ or ‘female’, leaving astronomers whose genders do not fit
within that model out of such research entirely. Reductive frameworks of gender
and an overemphasis on quantification as an indicator of gendered phenomena are
harmful to people of marginalized genders, especially those who live at the
intersections of multiple axes of marginalization such as race, disability, and
socioeconomic status. In order for the astronomy community to best serve its
marginalized members as we move into the next decade, a new paradigm must be
developed. This paper aims to address the future of gender equity in astronomy
by recommending better survey practices and institutional policies based on a
more complex approach to gender.

Gender equity is one of the biggest issues facing the field of astrophysics,
and there is broad interest in addressing gender disparities within astronomy.
Many studies of these topics have been performed by professional astronomers
who are relatively unfamiliar with research in fields such as gender studies
and sociology. As a result, they adopt a normative view of gender as a binary
choice of ‘male’ or ‘female’, leaving astronomers whose genders do not fit
within that model out of such research entirely. Reductive frameworks of gender
and an overemphasis on quantification as an indicator of gendered phenomena are
harmful to people of marginalized genders, especially those who live at the
intersections of multiple axes of marginalization such as race, disability, and
socioeconomic status. In order for the astronomy community to best serve its
marginalized members as we move into the next decade, a new paradigm must be
developed. This paper aims to address the future of gender equity in astronomy
by recommending better survey practices and institutional policies based on a
more complex approach to gender.

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