- The Haecken miniconf at linux.conf.au is running for the sixth time on 16th January 2012, in Ballarat, Australia. Their call for participation is open until September 30, and they are especially looking for talks and panels on issues relating to women’s participation in open source.
- Women on the Line: Superhero Comics [13MB MP3 file, no known transcript] Karen Healey’s keynote address to Tights and Tiaras: Female Superheroes and Media Culture, a recent conference at Monash University.
- Birth control pills affect memory, study finds:
[Pill users'] ability to remember the gist of an emotional event improves, while women not using the contraceptives better retain details… [Shawn Nielsen] stressed that the medications did not damage memory.
It’s a change in the type of information they remember, not a deficit.
- On agents asking for rewrites of gay characters: Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith reported that an unnamed agent asked them to straighten a gay character. Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of the agency in question (although not the agent in question) responds with a different story.. People start using the term ‘hoax’, but cleolinda says not so fast on it being a hoax, with an extensive roundup.
- What Motivates STEM Students? Depends on Their Gender
49 percent of female STEM majors said they chose their field “to make a difference”, compared to a relatively paltry 34 percent of male students.
- Tim Chevalier gives an account of harassment in computer science academia, and who ended up paying the price. (Hint: not the people with institutional power.) Emotional Labor Day (Part 1), Emotional Labor Day (Part 2), Emotional Labor Day (Part 3)
- Menstruation is just blood and tissue you ended up not using: a history of investigations into menotoxin, a toxin hypothesised to be excreted by menstruating women in sweat.
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