- Be Natural: The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché. | Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs (Kickstarter): “Alice Guy (after her marriage known as Madame Blaché and after her divorce as Alice Guy-Blaché) went on to make one of the first narrative films ever made. By her own account, she made it in 1896 (some say before Georges Méliès). And she kept going. She made one of the first films ever with a close-up, created synchronized sound films as early as 1902, was in good part responsible for the birth and growth of the Gaumont film studio in Paris, France, which she ran for almost a decade.”
- Choice: Texas, a Very Serious Game | Carly Kocurek and Allyson Whipple (Indiegogo): “Choice: Texas is an educational interactive fiction game. Players will explore the game through one of several characters, each of whom reflects specific socioeconomic, geographic, and demographic factors impacting abortion access in Texas.”
- how bad infographics hold girls back from pursuing computer science | chris: “while expanding computational thinking to include female-coded approaches & activities is probably a good thing for expanding the field of computer science, suggesting it as an approach to getting more girls “interested” is just a repetition of the insidious idea that ladybrains are Just Different and need male-coded activities ~feminized~ before they’ll want to do it.”
- Do Girls Really Experience More Math Anxiety? | Association for Psychological Science: “Girls report more math anxiety on general survey measures but are not actually more anxious during math classes and exams, according to new research. [...] Existing research suggests that females are more anxious when it comes to mathematics than their male peers, despite similar levels of achievement. [... The] results suggest that stereotyped beliefs regarding math ability, rather than actual ability or anxiety differences, may be largely responsible for women not choosing to pursue careers in math-intensive domains.”
- Various Thoughts on Online Comments | Whatever: “Comments and comment threads have been problematic roughly as long as the ability to comment online has existed; the phrase “Oh God don’t read the comments” didn’t just come out of nowhere. [...] With regards to a personal blog, before anything else, it is a place for the blog’s proprietor(s) to speak their mind. It does not automatically follow, blogging software defaults aside, that anyone else should have that same privilege in that space.”
- When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland | tressiemc: “Miley Cyrus made news this week with a carnival-like stage performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that included life-size teddy bears, flesh-colored underwear, and plenty of quivering brown buttocks. Almost immediately after the performance many black women challenged Cyrus’ appropriation of black dance (“twerking”). Many white feminists defended Cyrus’ right to be a sexual woman without being slut-shamed. Yet many others wondered why Cyrus’ sad attempt at twerking was news when the U.S. is planning military action in Syria.”
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