- An Aside on Creating Safe Spaces | No Award: ” So even if they thought the system was silly, they had all had the same thing personally delivered to them as they came to through the door: that we were looking for respect, and we expected it from everyone, and that we were gonna be enforcing that.”
- Great works, troubling moments: “But even more than that, the fact that the discourse surrounding the medium can enter the same realm of the debate as that around classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Wings of Honneamise speaks highly to me of gaming’s maturation. Even if it’s not the conversation everyone would prefer to be having, the rough patches are part of growing up, too.”
- Science fiction’s invisible women | Books | theguardian.com: “Encoded in to the this strange divide between fantasy and science fiction is what Joanna Russ, author of The Female Man, called The Double Standard of Content.”
- Does misogyny lie at the heart of “fake geek girl” accusations – or is it self-loathing? | NewStatesman: “In an environment where women are denied a voice, is it any wonder that outdated attitudes persist?”
- Why Aren’t More Girls Attracted To Physics? | All Tech Considered : NPR: “Riegle-Crumb’s finding about the importance of local role models meshes with a broad range of earlier work that shows the decision to pursue math and science is not about innate differences between boys and girls, but about social context and norms. Countries with greater gender equality, for example, reveal more equal math test scores among boys and girls.”
- “I’m Sick of Talking about Sexual Harassment!” | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network: “To avoid becoming sick of talking about sexual harassment we need to feel some empathy for the victims. Then we need to remember our broader responsibility to protect people in our workplace, communities and society. Underestimating the dangers of sexual harassment, and downplaying or ignoring claims, only serves to embolden the harassers.”
- Legendary Comics Creators Dismiss Sexism Critiques, Say ‘The Comics Follow Society. They Don’t Lead.’ | ThinkProgress: “It’s an ancient canard that male heroes are as idealized as women, an idea that ignores their costumes, the difference between a fantasy of power you want to inhabit and sexual ability you want to take advantage of, and the contrast between admiring what someone can do with their body, and what you can do to theirs.”
- Two prominent skeptic women share stories of sexual harassment and assault | Blag Hag: “I know many women have come to me with similar horrible stories or specific examples of harassment from prominent speakers, but I can’t speak for them – the people who experienced it need to be the ones who speak up. And we need to create an environment where that is possible.”
- “There comes a time when you have to run out of patience.” | Doing Good Science, Scientific American Blog Network: “In this post, I’m sharing an excellent short film called “A Chemical Imbalance,”which includes a number of brief interviews with chemists (most of them women, most at the University of Edinburgh) about the current situation for women in chemistry (and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, more generally) in the UK.”
- Increasing Volunteer Participation on the Firefox for Android Team | Margaret Leibovic: “Over the past year, the Firefox for Android team has really seen increased volunteer participation. It’s been amazing to see our community grow, and I want to share some of the strategies we’ve been using to engage volunteers.”
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