- Betsy Leondar-Wright and ana australiana write about the impenetrability of middle-class activism to working class people, and about how the sidelining of middle-class subcultures isn’t equivalent to systemic oppression: It’s not “them” â€” it’s us!, Equivalences.
- “ï»¿Very rarely do stories of women and technology vary in tone from the gender gap theme. Where are the women? Well, heck, weâ€™ve been here all alongï»¿ – something we’ve recently pointed out in our Valentine’s Day piece about ENIAC.” Writes ï»¿ï»¿Amber Bouman in MaximumPC for Women’s History Month.
- sqbr is interested in user stories about the use of image descriptions on Tumblr.
my arguments have all been about hypothetical users and it would be useful to have some evidence against the “but noone who needs descriptions would use a visual medium like tumblr” argument. There’s lots of feedback in comments.
- s.e. smith: Why Iâ€™m Leaving Feminism:
So many disabled people, nonwhite people, transgender people, people of colour, poor people, adamantly refuse to identify with feminism in its current incarnation in the United States… The model of feminism we see is one where oppression perpetrated in the name of â€˜activismâ€™ is acceptable, where casual ableism, racism, classism, transphobia run so deep that many of us donâ€™t even bother to point it out anymore.
- A bit of history: Carl Sagan’s appeal to the Explorers Club to admit women.
- Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research:
Womenâ€™s reluctance comparative to men to accept the [offer] wasnâ€™t really a reluctance to have casual sex, but rather a response to a different offer than the men got â€” the didnâ€™t think the men would be as much fun.
- Heidi Grant Halvorson on the difficulties of high achieving girls:
What makes smart girls more vulnerable and less confident when they should be the most confident kids in the room? At the 5th grade level, girls routinely outperform boys in every subject, including math and science.
- Gaming industry finally recognizes the work of a pioneer:
It was back in the mid-1970s that [Jerry] Lawson developed the first video game console system, breaking ground in more ways than one. You see, Lawson, 70, is black. And while we often try to pretend that's neither here nor there, the truth is it is here — and it was even more-so there, when Lawson arrived in the valley in 1968.
- Inoculation Against Stereotype:
…choice isn’t as simple as people think.
People assume that these choices are free choices, based on talent and interest and motivation,Dasgupta said.
…Even talented people may not choose math or science not because they don’t like it or are not good at it, but because they feel that they don’t belong.
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