- Some in Bitcoin group resign over new board member’s link to sex abuse | Ars Technica (May 16): “In a public post on the Bitcoin Foundation’s website, many members expressed their displeasure at Pierce’s election.”
- The Surprisingly Unsurprising Reason Why Men Choose Female Avatars in World of Warcraft | Slate (May 13): “In fact, it’s all about the butts.” But, interestingly, “their chat patterns shifted partway toward how the real women spoke” and “When it came to moving around, the men behaved similarly whether they gender-switched or not.”
- The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Techie | NYMag (April): “there are winners and losers, and more often than not, the losers in situations like these are the designers, who are more likely to be female than their engineer counterparts, and whose “soft” skills are seen as less valuable than coding chops.”
- LGBT History In Mainstream Comics: A History Part 2 | The Mary Sue (May 16): “With June being LGBT Pride Month, we’re taking a looking at how LGBT content has been represented in mainstream American comics. This isn’t a complete history, but we hope you’ll find it informative of what’s happened so far and helpful in considering what the future should bring.”
- Reasons Why It’s Hard to Find Senior Women Engineers | Accidentally in Code (May 14): “People ask me about this topic sometimes, especially as I’m no longer close to being a “new grad” but at the point where I look for bigger opportunities. I’m collecting it here for reference – reasons and observations from my own experience, of why it’s so much harder to find senior women engineers.”
- Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park | The Telegraph (May 7): “Women who helped crack Hitler’s secret codes by operating the Colossus computer meet once again at Bletchley Park after seeing their picture in The Telegraph”
- EU court backs ‘right to be forgotten': Google must amend results on request | The Guardian (May 13): “Individuals have right to control their data and can ask search engines to remove results, says European court”
- recessional | Pondering (May 13): “Where I grew up ‘white farm-boy’ was the power-position.”
- Here’s why women have turned the “not all men” objection into a meme | Vox (May 15): “Here’s a brief history of the term, and why it’s taken on such resonance lately.”
- > 140 — A short list of long reading (May 11): Essay on feminism (with links to several excellent longer essays by others), inspired by a devops roadtrip discussion on tech, feminism, and emotion. Also science fiction.
- Fed Up With Sexual Harassment: The Serial Harasser’s Playbook | Women in Astronomy (May 14): “With this post, rather than publicly naming the (well-known) serial harassers in astronomy, I’ll instead publish their (combined) playbook.”
- Like a Boss: Five Reasons Jill Abramson’s Firing Matters | Bitch Media (May 15): Not directly geeky, but should resonate with geek-feminist leaders and managers.
Calls to action (writing/$)
- Submit | Trans_ An Anthology of Trans People and the Internet: “Trans_ is the first anthology to collect the voices and experiences of trans people speaking to how the Internet has impacted our lives and how we have impacted the Internet.”
- Born With Curiosity: The Grace Hopper Documentary | Indiegogo: Closes June 7, raising US$45,000 for a documentary on Grace Hopper.
- Terra Incognita | Short Story Day Africa: “Short Story Day Africa wants your speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, alternative history and magical realism all fit the bill.”
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