When Search Engines Reinforce Gender Stereotypes
From tipster Mike Licht at Notions Capital comes this sexist Google correction:
My God. What could it all mean?
Google regularly offers up alternate search terms if they're similar to your phrase, but a more popular search. Strangely enough, "iron my shirt" became a popular Google search term after a heckler called out the phrase over and over again at a New Hampshire Hillary Clinton rally in January of last year. Relive the moment:
Clinton responded by declaring that "the remnants of sexism are alive and well." Later, it was revealed that the wrinkled shirt hecklers were two "radio geeks trying to create a radio stunt," one of whom identified himself to the newsmedia as Hugh Jas.
The Iron-My-Shirt guys (actually Nick Gemelli and Adolfo Gonzalez Jr.) may not have been out for real political protest, but look at where we are, one year later: Hillary Clinton is not the President of the United States, and Google is a little bit more sexist. Harmless prank or vast anti-woman conspiracy? You be the judge.
Screencap via Tom McMahon