Linkspam now, ask me how (31 May 2013)

  • 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism: “Here are six female researchers who did groundbreaking work—and whose names are likely unfamiliar for one reason: because they are women.”
  • Star Trek Musings: “Where are the women? The strong women? The women we’d like to see in 200 years? “
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: Where Did All The Strong Starfleet Women Go?: “Star Trek has always been about achieving your fullest potential no matter your race, gender, creed, or pointiness of ears. Which is why the utter lack of strong women in Star Trek Into Darkness is a slap in the face to all the outstanding female Star Trek characters we’ve met over the years.”
  • How to Be a ‘Woman Programmer’: “But the prejudice will follow you. What will save you is tacking into the love of the work, into the desire that brought you there in the first place. This creates a suspension of time, opens a spacious room of your own in which you can walk around and consider your response. Staring prejudice in the face imposes a cruel discipline: to structure your anger, to achieve a certain dignity, an angry dignity.”
  • The Truth Of Wolves, Or: The Alpha Problem: Contemporary urban fantasies would be more interesting if they based werewolf etc. fantasies on actual diverse animal social structures rather than old myth about alpha wolves.
  • Lost to History No More: “It is now clear that without Dr. Kober’s work, Mr. Ventris could never have deciphered Linear B when he did, if ever. Yet because history is always written by the victors — and the story of Linear B has long been a British masculine triumphal narrative — the contributions of this brilliant American woman have been all but lost to time.”
  • So This Is How It Begins: Guy Refuses to Stop Drone-Spying on Seattle Woman: “New technologies may present new ways of violating people’s privacy, but that doesn’t mean they’re legal.”
  • Code of conduct not enforced at the North American edition of Yet Another Perl Conference.
  • Why isn’t it hate speech if it’s about women? “We don’t often call open misogyny hate speech, but that’s what it is.”
  • California teen invents device that could charge a cell phone in 20 seconds: “Khare showed off her so-called super-capacitor last week at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.”
  • Words Matter: “No one’s being hurt, it’s their fault if someone is offended – after all, it’s just words, right? Sadly, that’s grossly underestimating the power of language and interaction.”
  • We Can Do Better: “I want to be apologetic and say “I don’t think most people were being consciously sexist by treating these women as less than equals” but really, I’m growing tired of “I’m sure they didn’t mean to” as an excuse. Many of us have an internalized sexism.”
  • Are you ready for Ada Lovelace Day 2013? “If you belong to a STEM-related group, why not ask the organisers to devote one meeting during the autumn to editing Wikipedia? Or offer to help put on a special Ada Lovelace Day meet-up for your edit-a-thon? If you don’t belong to any official groups, why not gather your friends together at a pub with wifi and help each other research and create new entries, or expand existing stub articles on notable women?”

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Thanks to everyone who suggested links.

2 thoughts on “Linkspam now, ask me how (31 May 2013)

  1. d2k

    Two links on the SFWA:

    E. Catherine Tobler: Dear SFWA
    “I am leaving you, not for someone else, or for another group, but for me. I am leaving you because your publication and certain members have made me feel unwanted and unwelcome more than once. I have grown uncomfortable speaking my mind in the forum because based on prior incidents, someone may likely tell me I’m being silly for feeling the way I do. No one should make another feel that way.”
    http://ecatherine.com/dear-sfwa/

    Dear SFWA Writers: Let’s Chat About Censorship & Bullying
    “So. I get it. The world used to agree with you. You used to be able to say things like, “I really like those lady writers in this industry, especially in swimsuits!” and your fellow writers, editors, agents, and other assorted colleagues would all wink and grin and agree with you, and Asimov would go around pinching women’s asses, and it was so cool!…Well, welcome to 2013.”
    –http://www.kameronhurley.com/dear-sfwa-writers-lets-chat-about-censorship-bullying/

    . . .

    The Unfair Business of Being a Woman Director in the Boys Club of Horror Filmmaking

    “Visit any horror-centric film festival or convention and the truth is unavoidable: For every one women director or producer, there are dozens of male ones. It’s a harsh reality that’s inspired such pro-female initiatives like Hollywood’s Viscera Film Festival, Australia’s Stranger With My Face festival, and Women in Horror Month, held every February and aimed at motivating women horror filmmakers to unite and stage local screenings, readings, and networking events.”
    http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/05/women-directors-horror-movies/

    . . .

    Bryony Kidd: Of White Knights, trolls and good conversation
    “The point is that this troll-ish fellow claims to care deeply about film, and yet drives away intelligent discussion by adopting a bigoted online persona. I would hope that it is only a persona, but, even so, it brings up an interesting point. Why?

    There are evidently individuals in this scene – as in video game circles, as in numerous other scenes – who value anti-female rhetoric and are protective of the ‘male space’ they believe their area of fandom is and should remain.”
    http://strangerwithmyface.com/2013/05/31/of-white-knights-trolls-and-good-conversation/

  2. d2k

    [Trying to comment with a new, different link. Your site keeps rejecting it as a duplicate comment, not sure why. Hope it goes through this time. ~d2k]

    Brenda Chapman: Staying True to Merida: Why this fight matters

    “The message Disney sends to the public in changing Merida is that she is not good enough the way she is. In doing that, they are making the same statement to all the young girls out there.”

    http://brenda-chapman.com/blog/staying-true-to-merida-why-this-fight-matters/

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