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The Product

CSC491, University of Toronto


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This is a soap dispenser. It dispenses soap without touching the dispenser.

Resitent bacteria can spread, despite the immediate hand washing, this prevents that. This is especially useful in hospitals.

What an innovation! What is the problem with this?


It’s racist!

Well, it’s not racist, but it was clearly made by a team who only tested it on light skin.

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The space suit is an engineering marvel. Allowing a human to survive in the vacuum of space, it allows us to take a step where no man has gone before.


Why only men?

Because space suits don’t fit women

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Anne McClain is an astronaut that had to give up her seat on a mission into space because there was not enough space suits at NASA to fit two women at once.


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Workplaces that are not diverse & inclusive can have detrimental effects on your products, create discriminatory environments, and have effects such as hand soap dispensers not working and career opportunities being suppressed (spacesuit incident).


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On the other hand, they can literally kill people.

Let’s explore and discuss this topic in more depth.


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Cars in the mid 20th century were designed for the 50th percentile of men. This means that cars were unsafe for women (and especially pregnant women).


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It wasn’t until 2011 that companies started testing with female-sized crash test dummies. Many vehicles still aren’t as safe due to decades-established prejudist design practices.


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Other examples of potential problems include:


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Other examples of potential problems include:


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So why can’t we just train the people we have to understand these issues?


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So why can’t we just train the people we have to understand these issues?


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Why is that?


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