A few more about the implications of the Ellen Pao trial:
- Ellen Pao trial: The lawsuit brought awareness to workplace sexism, but the setbacks are gripping | Slate Moneybox.: “When you have to remind yourself to not write down your sexist comments in work emails, you know your industry has a long way to go.”
- Five uncomfortable truths about the Ellen Pao verdict | The Verge: “In the retelling, Kleiner was depicted as one more tech office besieged by brogrammer culture, instead of the old boys’ club that it is, with the ‘throwback sexism’ to prove it. In reality, John Doerr is the guy who has President Obama over for dinner — he’s not the brogrammer in a hoodie pricing you out of the Mission.”
- Ellen Pao Disrupts How Silicon Valley Does Business | NYTimes.com: “Silicon Valley is enamored of “disrupters,” those shrewd, brave men — it is almost always men — who are hailed for enduring years of ridicule and risking everything to shake up the conventional order. Now, in Ellen Pao, the Valley has found its newest disrupter. And the conventional order she has shaken up concerns the Valley itself and theclubby way of doing things in a place that fancies itself the emerging center of the world.”
More general links:
- Things My Male Tech Colleagues Have Actually Said to Me, Annotated | The Toast: ““It’s not ‘P.C.’ to say this, but…” Thank you for this helpful preface alerting me to the fact that I can spend the next thirty seconds fantasizing about Star Trek without missing anything important.”
- Tech conference bans scantily-clad “booth babes” | Fortune: “The fact that some large, respected companies still use women in body paint to try and draw attention to their wares seems outdated at best—kind of like handing out breath mint containers inscribed with a company logo. And while it’s not to blame for the overall dearth of women at many of these conferences, it certainly doesn’t promote an atmosphere that’s welcoming to both genders: Let’s face it, these companies are explicitly marketing specifically to men, and in the crudest way possible.”
- A game that speaks of Africa | Polygon: About the upcoming game Aurion, developed by Cameroonian game company Kiro’o Games. “What we are trying to do in Aurion is to give another perspective. The power in our game is mainly a consequence of an inner path, not just your physical training. To fulfill your own goal you must count on the connection between you and your ancestors.”
- Smart Watches: Am I F*cking Missing Something? | Autostraddle: “Perhaps it’s foolish to compare Google Glass and Apple Watch, but it’s hard not to—they’re the highest profile wearables so far. To me, Glass is an actual real technological development—it allows for entirely new and life-changing interaction as seen in the above video. It’s not some text messages on your wrist. I suppose what really gets me about the Apple Watch is this: there is no innovation here. Nothing about this makes the world a better place. It doesn’t even make the world a more connected place—the Apple Watch does nothing that existing technology can’t do. I’d go so far as to say it does nothing that Apple’s own existing technology can’t do.”
- Sexual Violence in Epic Fantasy (TW) | Manic Pixie Dream Worlds: “Do these deeply harmful patterns occur in other dudebro epic fantasy novels? Do these cycles self-perpetuate in our narratives? Is it recursive with real world violence against women in geek culture — e.g., is threatening women with rape online when they get too uppity and have opinions and stuff a learned behavior that’s inspired in part by our problematic narratives around sexual violence?”
- Michelle Rodriguez Talks Representation, Fridging, and Hollywood’s Problem With Female Characters | The Mary Sue: “I have such a strong sense of self, there are certain lines I just won’t cross. I’m really picky about the parts I choose. I can’t be the slut. I cannot be just the girlfriend. I can’t be the girl who gets empowered because she’s been raped. I can’t be the girl who gets empowered and then dies. So I just said to myself, look, you’re going to just have to create your own archetype, doesn’t matter if you go broke doing it. And I almost did go broke, twice! But people finally got it: OK, Michelle is not malleable, you’re not going to influence her by shining fame and money at her, and they stopped offering me that sort of stuff.”
- Cards Against Humanity releases science deck to benefit women in STEM | Circa News: “Each pack of 30 cards costs $10 and proceeds benefit the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship, aimed to cover four years of tuition for one high school or college student who identifies as a woman. The special deck features science themed-lines like “supermassive black hole” and “the quiet majesty of the sea turtle,” written by the Cards Against Humanity staff, author Zach Weinersmith and astronomer and writer Phil Plait.”
- Fewer than three percent of land plant species named by women: Author gender over 260 years | International Association for Plant Taxonomy: “Female authors make up 12.20% of the total number of authors, and they published 2.82% of names. Half of the female authors published 1.5 or more names, while half the male authors published 3 or more names. Female contribution has accounted for more than 1% of new species names since 1900, and now stands at 11.97%. The difference in productivity between male and female authors has declined over time, and female authors are now 80% as productive as their male counterparts. In spite of botany’s traditional image as a feminine pursuit, women’s contribution was not significantly reflected in species authorship until the twentieth century, around the same time as in other branches of science.”
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