Why Haven’t We Cancelled The Academy Yet? Analyzing the Sexist, Racist, and Elitist Process in Selecting Oscar Nominees

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Why Haven’t we Cancelled The Academy Yet? Analyzing the Sexist, Racist, and Elitist Process in Selecting Oscar Nominees

This year’s Academy Awards are causing headlines—yet again—for the fact that not a single female director was recognized in the Best Director category.

In today’s episode of the Shrink Tank Podcast, our panel of Shrinks discuss the inherent sexism, racism, and elitism of the Academy’s selection process. How is the Academy not facing any consequences for their antiquated process? With today’s landscape of Cancel Culture, we wonder how long the Academy can get away with snubbing females, persons of color, or those who fall into both categories…

Listen to ‘Why Haven’t we Cancelled The Academy Yet? Analyzing the Sexist, Racist, and Elitist Process in Selecting Oscar Nominees” here, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Being Human

Every week our panel of Shrinks breaks down trending topics of psychology in the news that we call Being Human.

Keeping in line with today’s discussion centering around sexism and feminism, we wanted to discuss how the American Psychological Association’s guidelines were implemented to better to support clients in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

In 2019, the APA issued new guidelines to help therapists who treat girls and women, noting that changes to “education, work, reproductive and caregiving roles, and personal relationships” in the last several decades have led to greater equality, but have also changed the ways in which women encounter adversity in the U.S. and around the world.

Therapists are human—and no human is impervious to cultural attitudes about gender or race. It is absolutely possible for therapists to be sexist, racist, ageist, you name it.

The guidelines encourage practitioners to think about how their own experiences and beliefs may impact their treatment. The guidelines focus heavily on the persistence of subtle forms of sexism, including microaggressions.

You can read the study that inspired our discussion here.

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