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Male bias in cave rescue articles Suggestion
So, recently I have mostly been editing 2018 missile strikes against Syria and Tham Luang cave rescue. In the first article, the relevance and active role of women is made clear early in the article; Theresa May is one of the key players, and Nikki Haley, Permanent US Representative at the UN, soon makes an appearance to reassure the world that the United States is "locked and loaded".
But in the second article, it appears that the first forty-six individually named persons in the article are all male, with no females, transgender or non-binary persons named at all in the entire article. (Please correct me if I have mis-counted -- this does include the rescued as well as the rescuers.) This is despite Sky News having broadcast interviews with the commander of the U.S. contingent who was female, and BBC News having broadcast several segments of footage with female volunteers at the rescue logistics camp. The female volunteers were engaged in activities such as cleaning and cooking. I am certain that there was also footage of mothers, sisters, and female classmates of the trapped persons, but only reactions from male persons are included in the article. The article mentions that over ten thousand persons were involved in the rescue.
First, is this appropriate coverage?
Second, is there a wider gender gap problem in speleology and related emergency rescue procedures? If so, is there anything that we can do to fix this?
The name of the cave itself, incidentally, means "Great Cave of the Sleeping Lady". MPS1992 (talk) 03:15, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
- Any thoughts on this? MPS1992 (talk) 18:03, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
- Perhaps you could add a sourced quote from the commander of the U.S. contingent or information concerning which of the people involved in the rescue were transgender or non-binary. 2A01:E34:EF5E:4640:A9FA:2265:BB01:ECD (talk) 15:35, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
- Thank you, this is a good idea. I will see what I can find. MPS1992 (talk) 18:14, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
- To be honest, I'm not totally sure that reporting the percentage of women, men, gay, straight, lesbian or transgender volunteers is necessarily all that interesting. A sourced quote from the commander of the US contingent would certainly be good though.
- Thank you for everyone's thoughts on this. I am researching further and will have some more to add soon. MPS1992 (talk) 02:48, 1 March 2019 (UTC)
- Since my original post above, there has been the addition of mention of a female head of state in the article, so this is progress in the right direction. More to follow. MPS1992 (talk) 22:40, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
Requested move: Chairman
For anyone interested, please see Talk:Chairman#Requested move 22 March 2019. SarahSV (talk) 20:56, 23 March 2019 (UTC)
RfC notice: Jewish religious clothing
A Request for Comment that may be relevant to this task force is open at Talk:Jewish religious clothing § Request for Comment. Ibadibam (talk) 05:32, 24 March 2019 (UTC)