Please, immediately and totally note, that this question is not to debate the existence of sexism on SE properties. I would like to have that discussion but I do not feel I have the tools for it now for reasons I will describe. This question is extremely meta for this reason.
On the bright side, every SE in which such questions come up seems to have a firm grasp of sexual harassment at the level that would be received by the law or by an HR department. I'm more concerned with forms of sexism that have only been modernly identified: "subtle", "systemic", "microaggressions", "unconscious bias", etc. I am more concerned with sexism in content (e.g. advice to women) but rarely direct disrespect to users of any identity. These forms of sexism are not safe to discuss openly. They are quite contentious to discuss openly. There is a time for open debate on these topics but it is not even possible to do that constructively if relatively like-minded people on these topics cannot congregate and get on the same page on their own theory and opinions. But, in my personal opinion, these forms of sexism are very rampant, especially in "soft" SEs, and there simply is not the tool or platform for the segment of users who would like to constructively challenge these trends to even try to do anything about it.
Another way of framing this is that at present I have a hypothesis or theory that an SE-style open discussion with a democratic structure is not sufficient alone to solve or prevent systemic sexism or other forms of bias. Were this theory to be correct, it would of course be impossible to address this through the community at large since its own platform is the same platform as for the smaller communities in question. So if the theory is wrong there is nothing to discuss, and if the theory is right there is no place to discuss it. So, naturally I've considered raising this issue on the metas of the communities in question, but I have a rather strong feeling there is a critical mass of bias in the communities themselves to even humor the topic. (And this question is obviously a concerted attempt to break that theorem in the most modest way possible. We will see how it goes.)
What I would like to ask is:
- Is the company interested in exploring these questions, and if so may I be included in that discussion, or even just receive a quick status update on what is in the works?
- Is there any mechanism, like an existing chat room, that has the attention of pulling in likeminded people to consider this problem, rather than open up a debate or vote to the respective SE communities as a whole? (This is a counterintuitive concept but there is time for fully open discussion and time for relatively focused discussion in which participants agree they share some common opinions for which dispute is off-topic... of course sites like e.g. Christianity.SE utilize this principle heavily.)
- Do I have the tools, short of an area51, to initiate such a task force myself? (And heck, an area51 might be on track, it does sound like a long shot to me though.)
I really would like to get into specifics on this topic but I have a strong sense specific questions here and there would basically be shot down, to varying degrees depending on the community. So this question may seem peculiar but if the two bullets above yield decent answers it would be very helpful for me.