Quote: Declan @ 14th June 2017, 7:21 AM
Look at it from our point of view, Alfred. It's not a query, it's an accusation. And have a think about it - we're hardly going to say 'yes' are we?
And what did Bafta Rocliffe and BBC Writersroom say when you asked them the same question?
I honestly didn't read this as an accusation about you guys, Dec. I think it was an accusation about people trying to exploit a perceived bias. If you were to bet on where such a bias might possibly exist, a large bureaucratic organization with a lot of rules, templates etc. would be a much more likely option than smaller, independent outfits.
I am sure it happens (the attempt), but I suspect that if there is any bias on the part of the reader it would be largely be subconscious. I'd expect that there are very few occasions where, even when an actual bias exists, this would be enough to make a difference; if people are betting some of their valuable time/reputation on you, they would surely care so much more about the quality of the writing than your genitalia, wouldn't they?
Unless you are running some kind of elaborate grooming operation here?
I think corporate/industry bias is probably just one of the many comforting stories we unsuccessful peddlers of comedic prose tell ourselves. Luck maybe plays a part, I doubt bias does.
Except in my case; I could tell you some stories...
Quote: kate to the party @ 14th June 2017, 11:37 AM
2) There are still people (in 2017!) who see a woman's name in a competition shortlist and automatically assume that there must be some terrible mistake.
It does strike me that those of us who are generally the beneficiaries of bias tend to get most worked up about any perception of it working the other way (not Alfred in this case, but their acquaintances).
And, as you say Kate - congrats to all those whose gender/racial/social/political profile fitted with Simon and Declan's template sufficiently well to get selected