Another old project moved (copied) to the GF wiki: Mary imported the Women in FLOSS bibliography she originally wrote for LinuxChix and added some new material. Add all material you know of related to women in free/open source software: both reports and talks.
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The Coming Wave Of Oppositional Sexist Panic: Some people see the world as they know it slipping away. They see a world coming where society doesnâ€™t effectively enforce a bright line between masculinity and femininity, or force men for be masculine and women to be feminine.
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Ivy is an international woman of mystery who would totally dispatch urban fantasy vampires if she weren’t so darned busy learning to be a superhero in a number of real world genres instead.
Several people have linked to a Daniel Abraham post about urban fantasy heroines and their narratives, in particular:
The typical UF heroine (as Iâ€™ve come to understand her) is a kick-ass woman with a variety of possible lovers. Sheâ€™s been forced into power which she often doesnâ€™t understand, and can face down any danger while at the same time captivating the romantic attention of the dangerous, edgy men around her. Sheâ€™s been forced into power â€” either through accident of birth or by being transformed without her permission â€” and is therefore innocent of one of the central feminine cultural sins: ambition. She is in relationships primarily with men rather than in community with women.
This annoys me about many protagonists of the genre… they are somehow dropped into the plot without agency, and they often don’t seize agency either because that might make them competent bad. Rather, they are manipulated by scheming ancient vampires, just happen to have superpowers that make them *have* to sleep with half the known universe (but only the boys) or are continually torn between them, were born with a curse/a power/a prophecy, etc. Okay, that sucks.
But really — it’s not *that* hard. Come on, urban fantasy heroines. I realize that I don’t have a cursed sword living in my mind, nor am I the prophesied hero of Chicago/Shannara, nor have I had to fend off zombies with a shotgun and an attitude. Nevertheless, I assure you that it’s completely doable to have a few dangerous, edgy men as your partners without them killing each other, and that you don’t have to give up community with women (or partnerships with women, or meaningful friendships with women) to do it. Admittedly, you may have to dump a few whiny master vampires along the way. But I’d still rather that than listen to emo-undead-is-never-happy-with-anything for the rest of my life. Also, ambition? Kind of fun! Looking forward to your future adventures where the woman who chooses her lovers and still wants to be queen *isn’t* the villain.
San Francisco, USA: Women 2.0 PITCH Night, 4th November: Watch the finalists of the Startup Competition pitch live, learn firsthand from successful female startup founders how they grew their ideas into industry-changing businesses, and network with hundreds of Women 2.0 members (entrepreneurs, investors, startuppers, and technologists) at our biggest event of the year!
Apple’s tightly controlled App Store is selling a transphobic application, see solarbird’s initial discussion and addenda, including complaint avenues.
hradzka discusses the Bechdel Test: mechanical approaches: On those occasions that a conversation does turn to why a work fails the Bechdel Test, there are basically two ways that conversation can go. It can turn into an activist discussion of sexism and society, or it can turn into a discussion of the mechanics of writing. There have been a lot of the former, but there haven’t been all that many of the latter.
There’s a UK geek calendar released as a fundraiser for The Libel Reform Campaign, largely featuring geek communicators (geeks who are writers, TV hosts, and so on). See their about page for image links: on first look it seems not to have really sexualised any of the geeks, including the women, very much. What do you think?
People involved in Ubuntu may know Amber Graner and her husband Pete. Unfortunately they lost their house to fire while away at the Ubuntu Developer Summit (their children and pets are all safe and well). Rikki Kite has a fundraiser.
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Here’s a bit of a 101 thread with a difference, it’s 101 for women writers, not 101 for feminism.
Over at Tiger Beatdown C.L. Minou talks about her transition in reading (which coincided with her transition in gender presentation), from reading books by and about men to reading books by and about women. Here’s an excerpt, although you should definitely read the whole thing:
Back in my youth I indulged in the most stereotypical of male literature, science fiction, reading it pretty much exclusively for about a decade. It wasnâ€™t all wastedâ€”I got my first bits of sex ed reading New Wave sci-fiâ€”but I donâ€™t need to tell anyone that a lot of what I was reading was so backwards on the matter of gender as to be fucking retrograde. I liked the Big Three a lot: Asimov, Clarke, and god help me, Heinleinâ€”a man who not only thought â€œall women are the same heightâ€”lying downâ€ was a good pickup line, he actually wrote a story where it worked as a pickup line… And women authors? Hah. Even when I was reading science fiction exclusively, I didnâ€™t like LeGuin, the most openly feminist sci-fi author. I think I read one book by Cherryh. Octavia Butler? Never heard of her. Seriously. Iâ€™d never heard of Octavia Butler until she DIED. And the authors of my Great Books tour could pretty much all use the same restroom…
Now for our 101. A lot of the fannish geeks here are all over great stuff by women, I imagine, but some (ahem, me) aren’t so much. So here’s a thread for those of you who are on top of your recommendations: women fiction authors, especially ones that you think of as somehow geeky (by genre, or style, or… geek vibe). Some things to start with:
General description of fiction that this woman writes (genre, style, language if not English)
Recommended starting point for her work.
What you recommend doesn’t have to be professionally published original fiction. Just stuff you love and want to share.
Karen Healey reviews Sarah Kuhn’s One Con Glory, a feminist geek girl novella featuring con hijinks including “delightful drunkenness, morning-after amnesia, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, the beginnings of dealing with some inner demons, and me doubled up on the couch cackling to myself.”
TEDxVancouver gives an unfortunately fairly typical non-explanation explanation about why its speaker slate is almost entirely white and male. The comment stream rewards perusal.
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