Some of my best friends are linkspammers (2nd November, 2009)

  • The Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision 2010 awards, honouring “women making significant contributions in the areas of Innovation, Social Impact and Leadership” are taking nominations until December 11.
  • the f word looked at salaries of men and women in science, engineering and technology on October 30, Equal Pay Day.
  • David Eaves examines the alleged structurelessness of FLOSS through Jo Freeman’s The Tyranny of Structurelessness
  • Felicia Day is taking all the fun out of galaxies colliding.
  • Sun Labs has a technical report out on the success of their mentoring programs.
  • Matt Zimmerman, who writes here, was interviewed by Amber Graner, and mentions his goals regarding women’s participation in the Ubuntu community.
  • Mary Alice Crim reports on a workshop at the National NOW conference to explore feminists’ roles in shaping Internet policy: The Internet is a feminist issue
  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee was called away from the SOAR conference (a professional event) by family needs, and she’s not buying any pressure for a mother not to complain about having to do that.
  • Casey Johnston (herself a woman gamer) wrote 10 Reasons NOT to Date a Girl Gamer aimed at heterosexual men. The wow_ladies community on LiveJournal tried to figure out what was up with it; tongue-in-cheek?
  • Australian video game review TV show Good Game replaced host Jeremy Ray with Stephanie Bendixsen and Ray alleged that his gender was the primary reason. Sarah Stokely had a look at the PR issues involved.
  • MindTouch has a list of the most influential people in Open Source (from an executive/business perspective) which doesn’t include any women. Mozilla Corporation’s chairperson Mitchell Baker (herself a woman) was not impressed at either women or Mozilla as a whole not appearing.

If you have links of interest, please share them in comments here, or if you’re a delicious user, tag them “geekfeminism†to bring them to our attention. Thanks to everyone who suggested links in comments and on delicious.

12 thoughts on “Some of my best friends are linkspammers (2nd November, 2009)

  1. T.

    Demographics of women in key leadership roles for NASA planetary science missions show an…interesting….result. (Link also links to original paper, which is behind an Elsevier paywall).

    1. Dorothea Salo

      I’ve posted a polite comment to the blog post linked here asking the author to consider making a postprint of her article open-access, which Elsevier does allow.

      1. Jon Niehof

        I believe it’s still hideously expensive (I’m seeing $3000 in random Googling), and I don’t know if her NASA contract would cover it.

  2. attentat

    Unfortunately, I kinda get the impression that Casey Johnston’s piece is being played for laughs at the expense of gamer women, not at gamer douchebags.

  3. Carla Schroder

    Someone please talk me down here. I’m still cheesed at Mark Shuttleworth for being a cowardly hypocrite, and perhaps some of that is spilling over onto Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu community manager. Just like Mark S., he drones on about courtesy and respect and focusing on solutions, and yet to me it reads like excuses for not directly confronting sexism in FOSS, just vague handwaving in the hopes that we uppity chix will go away. Like this:

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=26848
    ‘Not tolerating the intolerant’
    “In a more worrying example, the recent topic of women in Open Source has seen some who are passionate about the debate being labeled as extremist feminists and those who provide alternative viewpoints labelled as sexists.”

    This struck me as nice bit of tokenism, and now will we please shut up:

    http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/09/30/changing-the-conversation/
    ‘CHANGING THE CONVERSATION’
    “I am tired of seemingly only ever reading about the topic of women in Open Source within the context of a conflict scenario which typically spawns a spat over whether specific behaviour is deemed offensive or not. It feels like the topic has become very one-dimensional.”

    Thoughts please?

    1. Brenda

      Carla: yes, that’s the same impression i got – especially of the “changing the conversation” post.

      There are plenty of great women who do great work for women in FOSS just by being women working in FOSS (and the more time i spend on geek feminism wiki etc, the less i’m spening writing code) – but is Jono trying to say we should only ever speak of the positive and ignore all the other crap that happens to many people? Or is he just saying that *he* will only talk about the positive? If so, who is going to address sexism issues in ubuntu? has the decision been made at canonical that we need to all ignore it and it’s going to go away?

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