- Leaking nudes | Lesli-Ann Lewis at Model View Culture (December 9): “The leaking of celebrity nudes was a part of the larger trend in 2014: reminding women of our place and using technology and the sexism in tech to do so.”
- One Nobel recipient accepted her prize wearing a gown covered in neurons that she discovered | Victoria McNally at The Mary Sue (December 19): “As much as we don’t want the fashion choices of the world’s incredibly influential and important scientists to necessarily overshadow their scientific achievements… you’ve got to admit that wearing a dress decked out in sequined examples of the very neurons you helped to discover is ridiculously awesome.”
- How can Silicon Valley do better for women? | James Surowiecki at the New Yorker (November 24): “Subverting… biases requires more than training. Instead, companies should be looking for what [Joan] Williams calls ‘bias interrupters': systems that identify bias and intervene to mitigate it. For instance, until the nineteen-seventies classical-music orchestras were almost entirely male. Once blind auditions were introduced, the percentage of women quintupled.”
- Wage gaps don’t magically get smaller because big data | Cathy O’Neil at mathbabe (December 19): “Ask people in your corporate structure what the actual characteristics are of people they promote, and how they are measured, or if they are measured, and look at the data to see if what they say is consistent with what they do, and whether those characteristics are inherently sexist. It’s a very specific plan and no fancy mathematical techniques are necessary, but we don’t have to tell anyone that.”
- Queer representation in animation: are we settling? | CG at Black Girl in Media (December 21): “I have to wonder what the line is for problematic media – even without perfect representation, are we doing more harm than good as viewers for supporting flawed representation of other members of our community? Or do we continue supporting them, flaws and all, because they are the only things that we have to point to when it comes to seeing parts of ourselves on screen?”
- Lessons learned while working to build black tech community | Dominic M. Liddell at Model View Culture (December 11): “I’ve had advice that I should change the name. A respected member of a related group told me a story of how his group had found themselves placed on a government watch group because the name had ‘black’ in it.”
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