It’s not a gender issue, it’s a linkspam issue (25th March, 2010)

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4 thoughts on “It’s not a gender issue, it’s a linkspam issue (25th March, 2010)

  1. Restructure!

    I started reading the comments under “Women, Stop Saying You Hate Math”, and then I remembered another reason why I hate mainstream feminist blogs.

    Woman 1: “Calculus is EVIL.”
    Woman 2: “Thank You! Calculus can go straight to hell.”

    As a female geek who likes calculus, when I read things like this, I feel like I’m being personally attacked, associated with evil and being hellbound, and that I’m unwelcome in their space. Also, it contributes to prejudices against me at work but not them, since their work does not involve math and teamwork with men. I feel like every time female geeks do something to destroy stereotypes, it’s “feminists” like these who set us back another 5 years.

  2. jadelennox

    Link:

    http://www.postbourgie.com/2010/03/25/show-her-your-joystick/

    Warning: story will make you want to hurl. Preferably hurl heavy objects, at the game designers.

    Press release says: [GameCrush is] an entirely new interactive social gaming experience allowing gamers to meet, match and pay to play online games with other users (PlayDates). […] Designed to appeal to female and male gamers alike”

    But it turns out that “on GameCrush the Players are male and the PlayDates are female. There are about 1200 profiles registered thus far of women recruited using (you guessed it!) a Craigslist ad. They’re also paid. Each PlayDate keeps 60% of the cash she earns. […] After a session you can rate your PlayDate on her hotness, gaming skill, and flirtiness. The highest-rated girls will receive preferred placement on the site.”

    *cries*
    *cries harder*

  3. Jayn

    I wish a knit. That bag pattern looks awesome. Don’t suppose anyone knows of something similar for crochet?

  4. Denise Paolucci

    Ugh. My relationship with math is so fraught: I feel like a horrible geek feminist for struggling with it as much as I do, because I know all of the cultural and gendered issues surrounding the issue and I love the idea of math, the theory of math. I just can’t do it. I have what I think is a pretty classic case of dyscalculia that was never diagnosed in all of my schooling because a) it wasn’t very well understood then, b) in my district gifted children couldn’t be learning-disabled! and c) well, girls are supposed to be bad at math, right?

    So I never got any kind of coping skills or workarounds, just told that I wasn’t working hard enough and my problems were my own fault (they really aren’t; the numbers move when I look at them), which as one might suspect leaves me with an instinctive “math flinch”. And I always feel so awful, because I feel like part of the problem even though I know that I’m actually a casualty of the problem.

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