Signal boosting this in a separate post rather than a linkspam, since the fundraising deadline is soon:
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child”
Today there is a huge epidemic taking place across America. In low-income neighborhoods across the country thousands of children of color are not being offered high-quality education. There is a digital divide separating our country and our children are stuck in the middle. It is said by 2015 (3 years from now) 80% of new jobs will require a technical degree:
IT’S TIME TO PREPARE OUR CHILDREN FOR THE FUTURE!
On June 17th, 2012, BlackGirlsCODE (BGC) will launch our Summer of CODE Campaign. Our goal is to teach computer programming to more than 300 boys and girls from underrepresented communities, in 90 days, in more than 7 cities across the United States. We are launching this BGC Summer of CODE Campaign to emphasize the importance of technology education and achievement for our next generation of citizens. We are especially focused on giving girls from African American, Latino, and Native American communities the opportunity to learn valuable tech skills and to plant a seed that may “Change the Face” of the future of tech!
They are aiming to raise $18 500. As of now, with 42 hours left in the fundraising campaign, they have raised $9 915.
How to be a fan of problematic things: Liking problematic things doesnâ€™t make you an asshole. In fact, you can like really problematic things and still be not only a good person, but a good social justice activist (TM)!
Does Pop Culture Have Social Responsibility?: â€¦pop culture in general does not actually have an obligation to be socially responsible. But, it often positions itself in a way that suggests it is making an important social commentary, is contributing to ethical discussion, is attempting to cultivate responsibility among viewers. When creators of pop culture do this, it leaves them wide open to criticismâ€¦
Letting my black-girl-geek flag fly: All I knew was that my unintentional eccentricity played a role in making me a target, and not in the general you’re-a-dork way but the youâ€™re-a-dork-and-youâ€™re-too-white way.
Stranger In A Strange Land OR Being A Woman In Tech: I had breakfast with a young woman who is an associate at a very well-known firm. She is the only woman investor. On the down-low she asked me if I think about wearing glasses or contacts to be taken more seriously (Yes, I have thought about that) and did I have any strategies for making my voice heard in a room full of men (Yes I do).
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Words and Offense: Of course slurs are still badâ€¦ Offense is just not the reason why. Systemic oppression, concept association and a phenomenon known as hostile tagging (where the phrase either tags a person as someone to be hostile to and exclude or tags an area as a hostile place to any oppressed people that come in) are the actual reasons whyâ€¦
Duke Nukem Forever â€“ Wallowing in sexism: In some games we find sexism buried within plot points or seen through the stereotyped portrayals of female characters. Duke Nukem Forever is not one of those games. There is no need to look deeply into gameplay or storyline to find issues. Duke Nukem Forever is simply a game that wallows in sexism.
Geeky enough for you?: What Iâ€™m curious about here is this: what does the word â€˜geekyâ€™ mean to you? How do you define it? Also, how do you define not-geeky? Iâ€™m interested!
BGG (Black Girl Gamer)â€“LFG, PST!: Itâ€™s not just the standard girl gamer war, where there is incessant name calling, references to genitalia or even the normal male chauvinist crap. The battle is having to defend why we are even playing games, in the first place. Why would we be playing games, because black women donâ€™t play games.
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Betsy Leondar-Wright and ana australiana write about the impenetrability of middle-class activism to working class people, and about how the sidelining of middle-class subcultures isn’t equivalent to systemic oppression: It’s not “them” â€” it’s us!, Equivalences.
“ï»¿Very rarely do stories of women and technology vary in tone from the gender gap theme. Where are the women? Well, heck, weâ€™ve been here all alongï»¿ – something we’ve recently pointed out in our Valentine’s Day piece about ENIAC.” Writes ï»¿ï»¿Amber Bouman in MaximumPC for Women’s History Month.
sqbr is interested in user stories about the use of image descriptions on Tumblr. my arguments have all been about hypothetical users and it would be useful to have some evidence against the “but noone who needs descriptions would use a visual medium like tumblr” argument. There’s lots of feedback in comments.
s.e. smith: Why Iâ€™m Leaving Feminism: So many disabled people, nonwhite people, transgender people, people of colour, poor people, adamantly refuse to identify with feminism in its current incarnation in the United States… The model of feminism we see is one where oppression perpetrated in the name of â€˜activismâ€™ is acceptable, where casual ableism, racism, classism, transphobia run so deep that many of us donâ€™t even bother to point it out anymore.
Gender Differences and Casual Sex: The New Research: Womenâ€™s reluctance comparative to men to accept the [offer] wasnâ€™t really a reluctance to have casual sex, but rather a response to a different offer than the men got â€” the didnâ€™t think the men would be as much fun.
Heidi Grant Halvorson on the difficulties of high achieving girls: What makes smart girls more vulnerable and less confident when they should be the most confident kids in the room? At the 5th grade level, girls routinely outperform boys in every subject, including math and science.
Gaming industry finally recognizes the work of a pioneer: It was back in the mid-1970s that [Jerry] Lawson developed the first video game console system, breaking ground in more ways than one. You see, Lawson, 70, is black. And while we often try to pretend that's neither here nor there, the truth is it is here — and it was even more-so there, when Lawson arrived in the valley in 1968.
Inoculation Against Stereotype: …choice isn’t as simple as people think. People assume that these choices are free choices, based on talent and interest and motivation, Dasgupta said. …Even talented people may not choose math or science not because they don’t like it or are not good at it, but because they feel that they don’t belong.
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(Warning: intersectionality problems.) Feminism is no longer about sexism at all: Itâ€™s fascinating the extent to which women have been shamed out of even claiming a movement to address sexism. We just arenâ€™t allowed to have that. Too strident. Too pushy.
Spelman Students Beat Out Harvard and MIT for Best Mobile App: Jonecia and Jazmine are living proof that innovation is not the exclusive domain of the white male geek. There are plenty of us black geeks out there too who need a little more support. Congrats to J and J â€” you deserve the recognition and that new iPad or iPhone. Meet Jonecia and Jazmine at their website Maromi Sai.
Finsia Busts Common Myths About Women and Work (PDF media release, paper here): The Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia)… today launched a policy exposition paper which debunks the most common myths with regard to the lack of women holding leadership roles in financial services…The paper has some interesting survey results, like the 'perception gap' between men and women when asked if they have observed different treatment of women compared to men in promotional opportunities, in meetings and training/development.
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