Shark Week lacks diversity

(MENAFN) According to a team of researchers, the 34-year-old Discovery Channel program "Shark Week," which highlights the marine predator and the people who study it, is predominately white. Last month, they shared their findings with the Public Library of Science, and they're not discussing sharks.

The researchers discovered that the programming featured more men named "Mike" than any women at all, in addition to having 78 percent more male experts and commentators than female ones, which is already concerning in a field where women make up more than 50 percent of the workforce. In the 229 experts featured in the programs they watched, more than 90 percent were white.

David Shiffman, a conservationist and research co-author from Arizona University, spoke to the Washington Post on Monday, “when there are hundreds of people of color interested who work in this field, [and] when my field is more than half women, maybe it’s not an accident anymore that they’re only featuring white men.”


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