US taxpayers are footing a $500,000 bill for a study at the University of Michigan to see if 'microaggressions' by male engineering students are driving women out of the field.
Researchers want to know if sexism plays a role in the fact that males are more likely to go into engineering.
The study will involve recording male students interacting with their female counterparts. Researchers who watch the tapes will take note of any 'microaggressions'.
As Reason points out, the issue with the study is that “microaggressions are inherently subjective” and “something that offends one person might not bother another at all.”