- Margarita Manterola of the Debian project writes about Software Libre, PasiÃ³n de Mujeres, a free software event in Argentina where all of the speakers will be women
- We are all pretty WEIRD: noting that most psychological research is done on Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic (WEIRD) subjects, and the implications for science reporting on gender and race.
- CNN reports on A day in the ‘normal’ life of a Nobel Prize winner, focussing on Carol Greider’s single motherhood.
- MMORPG News reports that Aurora Technology’s King of the World MMORPG is going to enforce character genders matching player genders by asking players creating a female character to undergo a “webcam test”. Apparently they hope that this will make female players feel respected. We just bet.
- The Los Angeles Times had an article about Brightkite, describing it as targeting “hot girls”, since “guys will go where the hot chicks are.” Brightkite CEO Jonathon Linner posted an apology to the company blog for upsetting women Brightkite users.
- Scientist Carrie: Geeks, meritocracy, and gender: a response to Skud’s meritocracy post, with some additional thoughts and examples.
- We linked to the GNOME Journal Women in Open Source issue before, but a lot of people are especially liking Cathy Malmrose’s The Un-Scary Screwdriver about her five-year-old daughter and friends installing Ubuntu and building computers.
- Mislav MarohniÄ‡ listed Things I learned from iPhone and Droid ads, inspired by Skud’s post.
- Tara C. Smith has a roundup of discussion around The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, edited by Richard Dawkins, which only features 3 pieces by women, of 83 total.
- The Globe and Mail reports controversy around a sex scene between two male elves in Dragon Age: Origins, “revealing what some experts call the homophobic underbelly of the gaming community.” See also the discussion thread at Sociological Images.
- Study: Males vs Females in social networks has a gender breakdown of users at various sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Digg and Slashdot.
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