Tag Archives: Linkspam

Fish Are Friends, Not Linkspam (21 October 2014)

#Gamergate

  • On Gamergate: a letter from the editor | Polygon (October 17): “Video games are capital “C” Culture now. There won’t be less attention, only more. There won’t be less scrutiny. There certainly won’t be less diversity, in the fiction of games themselves or in the demographics of their players. What we’re in control of is how we respond to that expansion, as journalists, as developers, as consumers. Step one has to be a complete rejection of the tools of harassment and fear — we can’t even begin to talk about the interesting stuff while people are literally scared for their lives. There can be no dialogue with a leaderless organization that both condemns and condones this behavior, depending on who’s using the hashtag.”
  • Gamergate threats: Why it’s so hard to prosecute the people targeting Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian | Slate (October 17): “The light penalties attached to many of these online crimes also deter officials from taking them seriously, because the punishment doesn’t justify the resources required to investigate and prosecute them”
  • Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage | The Daily Beast (October 16): “Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them.”
  • Gamergate in Posterity | The Awl (October 15): “Maybe there will be some small measure of accountability in the far future, not just for public figures and writers and activists, but for all the people who could not or would not see their “trolling” for what it really was. Maybe, when their kids ask them what they were like when they were young, they will have no choice but to say: I was a piece of shit. I was part of a movement. I marched, in my sad way, against progress. Don’t take my word for it. You can Google it!”

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Linkspam, fire, and dangerous things (19 October 2014)

Gamergate and online harassment

Other Stuff

  • Ada Lovelace, a Computer Programmer Ahead of Her Time | Mashable (October 15): Read more about the life of the “enchantress of numbers”
  • Ways Men In Tech Are Unintentionally Sexist | this is not a pattern (October 14): “These are little things. Things that many people do without thinking about them and certainly without intending anything by them. Things that individually are meaningless, but in aggregate set the tone of an entire community.”
  • The Malala you won’t hear about | The People’s Record (October 16): “This is the Malala the Western corporate media doesn’t like to quote. This is the Malala whose politics do not fit neatly into the neocolonialist, cookie-cutter frame of presentation. This is the Malala who recognizes that true liberation will take more than just education, that it will take the establishment of not just bourgeois political “democracy,” but ofeconomic democracy, of socialism.”
  • Where’s Thor When You Need Her? Women In Comics Fight An Uphill Battle | NPR (October 10): “On Facebook, women make up just under half of all self-identified comics fans. But even as the female audience grows, female creators for DC and Marvel, colloquially known as “the Big Two,” are still in the minority.”
  • Internal Memo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sets new diversity plan after ‘humbling’ experience | GeekWire (October 15): “The memo, sent prior to a regular monthly Q&A session with employees, went on to outline a series of steps that Nadella says the company will be taking to improve diversity and inclusion across the company, including the company’s engineering and senior leadership teams.”
  • FiveThirtyEight Turns the Lidless Eye of Data Crunching to Gender Disparity in Superhero Comics Characters | The Mary Sue (October 15): “Hanley has been crunching the numbers on the gender make up of the folks who work on Marvel and DC comics for years, but FiveThirtyEight wanted to take a slightly different tack by looking at the characters who make up those comics in the first place.”
  • Mary Berners-Lee: Ada Lovelace Day Hero | equalitism (October 19): “Tim Berners-Lee’s mom, Mary Lee Woods was a badass mathematician/computer scientist before he was. Both of Tim’s parents worked on a team that developed programs in the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester Mark 1, Ferranti Mark 1 and Mark 1 Star computers.”
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    Buffy the Linkspam Slayer

    • Anita Sarkeesian explains why she canceled USU lecture | Salt Lake City Tribune (October 16): “A nationally known feminist media critic said Wednesday that “it would be irresponsible” to give a lecture amidst mass shooting threats at Utah State University, knowing that police would not screen for weapons at the door. In a phone interview from San Francisco, Anita Sarkeesian said she canceled Wednesday’s lecture not because of three death threats — one of which promised “the deadliest school shooting in American history” — but because firearms would be allowed in spite of the threats.”
    • When gun rights trump public safety | Mary Elizabeth Williams (October 15): “It’s one thing to accept and understand that plenty of reasonable and responsible people own guns and that is their constitutional right. It is another to be so outrageously afraid of legitimate and sane restrictions that you have a situation in which it is entirely permissible to carry a loaded weapon into an event that carries a threat that the people attending it will “die screaming.””
    • The Threats Against Anita Sarkeesian Expose The Darkest Aspects of Online Misogyny | Maureen Ryan (October 15): “The question that’s been haunting many observers for weeks is now right out in the open in the wake of the latest threats leveled at Sarkeesian: Is someone going to have to die for things to change?”
    • #Gamergate Trolls Aren’t Ethics Crusaders; They’re a Hate Group | Jezebel (October 13): “I set about locking down accounts, emailing professors, contacting campus safety, and calling family. It was an exhausting process, but I considered it necessary. The attack could get out of hand. I mentioned offhand to my sister, about two hours in, that “it was getting to be my turn anyways,” to nonchalantly minimize my hurt. That was the moment I broke down. I realized just how much I’d internalized the presumed process: if you’re even asking about equality or diversity in games, being shouted down in a traumatizing manner is now a mandatory step that you have to sit back and endure.”
    • Sweatin’ the Small Stuff, of, Beware Your Throwaway Jokes About Middle-Aged Women in Magic | One General to Rule them All (October 14): “I dare Wizards to give us a major female Magic character (read: Planeswalker) in the next couple of sets who doesn’t have a body that wouldn’t look out of place on a runway or the cover of Playboy. Tamiyo, the Moon Sage was a great start, but that was three blocks ago. Hell, at this point, I’ll take more than one female Planeswalker per set.”
    • AdaCamp: Spending Time with Women in Open Source and Technology | Zara Rahman (October 13): “There were some sessions that really opened my eyes to another area of this ‘open’ bubble- for example, talking about women in open source. Most of the women there were coders, who had contributed to open source code projects; and despite my having read accounts of abuse and harassment within the open source community fairly regularly before, the severity of the situations they face, really hit home for me during this session.
    • Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you ‘the computer’ | The Register (October 14): “All six are now sadly no longer with us – Bartik was the last to pass away. But their achievements were profound, not just in terms of inadvertently cementing the name “computer”. In the absence of manuals literally working out how to use this giant, the team of six installed computer programs working from sheets of paper, nimbly unplugging and replugging a rat’s nest of cables and resetting switches.”
    • Don’t Be Fooled by Apple and Facebook, Egg Freezing Is Not a Benefit | The Daily Beast (October 15): “Of all the women Snyder surveyed, nearly 90 percent of them said they did not plan on returning to the tech industry in the future. The incompatibility between motherhood and tech, it seems, runs far deeper than the timing of pregnancy alone. And the problem is so severe that the women who leave almost never want to come back. In this context, the decision to cover egg freezing reads as Silicon Valley at its most typical, deploying a hasty technological stopgap for a cultural problem.”
    • Tech’s Meritocracy Problem | Medium (October 10): “Engineers love to be skeptics — it’s time to bring our skepticism to the concept of meritocracy. If we can be skeptical enough about our own ability to detect merit, and balance it with more objective measurement or outright mitigatory adjustments — we’ll come closer to resembling an actual meritocracy.”
    • HERoes: Genevieve Valentine | Comicosity (October 2): “From journalist to award winning novelist, Genevieve Valentine is now channeling her inner crime boss. She is providing a new voice to a suited up Selina Kyle, starting with this month’s issue of Catwoman. She tells Comicosity about switching the role of female characters in comics and the importance of reader perspective while consuming.”
    •  Comic Books are Still Made by Men, For Men, and About Men | FiveThirtyEight (October 13): “But these recent advancements don’t make up for the fact that women have been ignored in comic books for decades. And they still don’t bring women anywhere close to parity: Females make up about one in four comic book characters. Among comic-creators, the numbers are even more discouraging. Tim Hanley, a comics historian and researcher, analyzes who’s behind each month’s batch of releases, counting up writers, artists, editors, pencilers and more. In August, Hanley found that men outnumbered women nine-to-one behind the scenes at both DC and Marvel.”
    • Life, Engineered: How Lynn Conway reinvented her world and ours | University of Michigan (October 8): “Ten years earlier, Conway had been one of the first Americans to undergo a modern gender transition. It had cost her a job and her family. Once she established herself as a woman, she kept the past a secret. Conway stayed behind the scenes as much as she could. As a result, so did many of her achievements.”

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    All about my linkspam (14 October 2014)

    #GamerGate

    A few more links about the Grace Hopper Celebration Ally Panel


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    We want to have our Linkspam and eat it, too! (12 October 2014)

    Read how the Grace Hopper Celebration Ally Panel went horribly wrong:

    And here’s to all the other stuff:

    • An Apology to the Trans* Community | Alissa Nutting (October 8): Speaking about how not to be an ally, Allisa Nutting apologizes for messing up with a story about a trans* character: “My level of ignorance at the time was truly astounding. I conflated allyship with intention. Because I meant well, I imagined that I could explore trans* consciousness from my privileged position. I know now that an ally must listen more than s/z/he speaks and act in accordance with the trans* community.”
    • Why We Must Help Bridge the Gap For Women In Tech | Lisa Abeyta (October 9): “Over the past five years as we’ve grown APPCityLife into the civic tech platform it is today, I’ve wondered how many other women would embrace tech if they believed it possible to do so. Tech is so much more than being a full-fledged developer, scientist or engineer, and one of our goals has been to empower individuals on the fringe of tech to not just join the community but change the conversation by being part of it.”
    • Misogyny and the Female Body in Dungeons & Dragons | Analog Game Studies (October 6): Given that even canonical game theorists such as Fine seem unconcerned with the reproduction of rape culture within the space of role-playing games, it is important to better understand the history of racist and misogynist attitudes in game culture. This essay addresses this problem by offering a close read of two articles on the topic from The Dragon, TSR Hobbies’ flagship magazine for all things Dungeons & Dragons.
    • The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women – The Atlantic (October 9): “A 2013 report from the World Health Organization called violence against women “a global health problem of epidemic proportion,” from domestic abuse, stalking, and street harassment to sex trafficking, rape, and murder. This epidemic is thriving in the petri dish of social media.” [content warning: discussion of threats and sexualized violence against women]
    • Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers, Consultants | ProPublica (October 8): “The causes are not clear, but men account for more than 90 percent of the 300 doctors who received the most money from drug and medical device companies, according to new federal data.”
    • Pro-gaming team banned: “Too good to be girls” « Player Attack (October 6): “An all-female pro-gaming team has reportedly been disqualified from a Dota 2 competition because they’re too good at the game. Organisers at the recent Girls Wars SEA event felt that one of the members of team Dolls plays the game “like a boy”, and has kicked the whole team out of the contest.”
    • 6 Women Making Waves for Social Justice in Tech | craigconnects (October 10): Looking for role models? Here are a few excellent women to choose from!
    • Atheism’s shocking woman problem: What’s behind the misogyny of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris? | Salon.com (October 3): “But despite the natural and cozy fit of atheism and feminism, the much-ballyhooed “New Atheism” that was supposed to be a more aggressive, political form of atheism has instead been surprisingly male-dominated. The reason has, in recent years, become quite apparent: Many of the most prominent leaders of the New Atheism are quick to express deeply sexist ideas. Despite their supposed love of science and rationality, many of them are nearly as quick as their religious counterparts to abandon reason in order to justify regressive views about women.”
    • 13-Year-Old Girl in Training to Be the First Person on Mars, NASA Thinks She Could Succeed | The Mary Sue (October 9): “Mark this one down in the win column for women in STEM. Whether or not Alyssa Carson actually achieves her big dream of making history on Mars, her dedication to studies in science and languages, plus her becoming the first person to attend all three of NASA’s world space camps, is inspiring.”
    • Kings of Pain: On Gender and Power in Shadow of Mordor | A Game Of Me (October 6): “It honestly never occurred to me when I started playing that it might be, in its treatment of women, the most exasperatingly cliche, troubling video game narrative I’ve encountered in some time.”
    • Life and Times of a Tech Feminist Killjoy | Julie Pagano : Julie Pagano, author of the “death by a thousand paper cuts” piece, is leaving the tech community. Her series about her experiences since the papercut article give insight into the climate and events that lead to that decision.

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    Losing my Linkspam

    • Twitter Engineer Dana McCallum Pled Guilty to Two Misdemeanors | Valleywag (October 7): [CW: rape] “At a hearing in San Francisco Superior Court this morning, Dana McCallum, a Twitter engineer and prominent women’s rights and LGBT activist, accepted a guilty plea for two misdemeanors related to the alleged rape of her wife. McCallum, who is a transgender woman, was initially charged with five felonies for the alleged incident, which occurred in January.”
    • How did Twitter become the hate speech wing of the free speech party? | KevinMarks.com (October 4): “Say something about feminism or race, or sea lions and you’d find yourself inundated by the same trite responses from multitudes. Complain about it, and they turn nasty, abusing you, calling in their friends to join in. Your phone becomes useless under the weight of notifications; you can’t see your friends support amongst the flood.Twitter has become the hate speech wing of the free speech party. The limited tools available – blocking, muting, going private – do not match well with these floods. Twitter’s abuse reporting form takes far longer than a tweet, and is explicitly ignored if friends try to help.”
    • Trouble at the Koolaid Point | Serious Pony (October 7): [CW: sexual harassment] “There is only one reliably useful weapon for the trolls to stop the danger you pose and/or to get max lulz: discredit you.
    • graydon2 | on false equivalences (October 7): “I want to write to my fellow straight white able-bodied rich men (SWARMs?) of the tech industry, and perhaps of the broader internet. There are a lot of us! A disproportionate number, in fact. I will get to proportionality in a bit. I want to discuss oppression because of a reaction a lot of my fellow SWARMs seem to have to many recent displays of sexism, homophobia, racism, classism, that sort of thing. This is the reaction of stating false equivalences (and their close relative: false balance). I want my fellow SWARMs to learn not to do that. Just that. I want you, if you can get through reading this, to reflect on false equivalences you’ve heard, maybe some you’ve uttered yourself — hey, we all do it sometimes — and make a promise to get better about it. Don’t even promise me. Promise yourself, on the basis of trying to be a decent and reasonable person: make yourself a promise to not emit false equivalences anymore.”
    • @skullmandible on marginalized fiction (with tweets) | pizza_blood | Storify (October 3): A series of embedded tweets discuss how having a label for a medium, such as “gamer” or “literature” leads to a homogeneity in what is accepted as “canon” which rejects everything that isn’t canon as trash: “the self-selected arbiters of the medium classify as “trash” (typically) genre work and films/literature/games by women and POC”
    • The First Female Gamers | Medium (October 5): A history of women gamers: “Something unprecedented about Dungeons & Dragons rendered it more popular with women than prior titles marketed to “gamers.” Was it that it was a personal game, a fantasy game, a game that deemphasized competition? Whatever the reason, it converted many women into gamers at a critical juncture in history: the dawn of personal computer gaming.”
    • Lennart Poettering: The Open Source community is a sick place to be in | Google+ (October 6): [CW: verbal abuse, harassment, death threats] Kernel developer Lennart Poettering writes about the abuse he’s received as a result of his open-source participation: “The Linux community is dominated by western, white, straight, males in their 30s and 40s these days. I perfectly fit in that pattern, and the rubbish they pour over me is awful. I can only imagine that it is much worse for members of minorities, or people from different cultural backgrounds, in particular ones where losing face is a major issue.”
    • #WeNeedDiverseMedia for reasons….part 96464864 of a never ending list | hoodfeminism (October 6): “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could stop having “The first Black/first POC to do X in media” because it wasn’t so hard for creators of color to get access to major platforms? Wouldn’t it be great if the demographics of people in power in publishing houses, Hollywood, and major cable networks reflected the populations they claim to represent? No one’s going to hand us seats at those proverbial tables though, so we create our own tables, and clearly when we do, we have to be aware that for some people we need a reason to exist, and we can’t afford to worry about what those people, all we can do is focus on the work in front of us.”
    • Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries | The Digital Reader (October 6): “Adobe is gathering data on the ebooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order. All of this data, including the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book is being sent to Adobe’s server in clear text.”

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    Allons-y, a linkspam! (7 October 2014)

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    Much Ado About Linkspam (5 October 2014)

    The latest on Gamergate [Trigger warning: Links following contain discussion of harassment]:

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    Never get involved in a land war in linkspam

    • The Toast’s Recipe for Bootstrapping a Profitable Media Business | Fast Company (October 1): “Feminist commentary wrapped in jokes is Ortberg’s signature style, and what draws over a million unique visitors (per Quantcast) to The Toast each month. Only a little over a year old, the site was profitable just after three months. And, as Ortberg and her cofounder Nicole Cliffe (formerly of The Hairpin) like to point out, unlike so many of the high-profile media startups today–Vox, 538, First Look–they succeeded without any financial commitment from men.”
    • Women Who Conquered the Comic Book World | Ms. blog (September 29): “Robbins knows something about the glass ceiling for women cartoonists because she first hit it herself in the early 1970s, when she tried to join the male-dominated “underground comix” movement based in San Francisco. After the men cartoonists shut her out, Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women’s-lib comic books. She went on to become a well-respected mainstream comic artist and writer, as well as a feminist comics critic who’s written myriad nonfiction books on the subject of great women cartoonists and the powerful female characters they created.”
    • Why I choose to speak at a tech event which had booth babes | Matter Chatter (September 29): “I’m pretty sure Netguide didn’t do their market research which shows that 45% to 48% of gamers are female and at a predominately gaming conference, they were pushing away half of the attendees.  As a female gamer, and a female engineer myself I can tell you that bikini clad girls will not entice me into your booth.  However, the bigger question to ask is what sort of message was this sending to our daughters about their value and to our sons about respecting females?”
    • Apple’s Health App: Where’s the Power? | The Society Pages (September 30): “Apple doesn’t hate people with eating disorders. They probably weren’t thinking about people with eating disorders at all. That’s the problem.”
    • Y Combinator and the Negative Externalities of Hacker News | Danilo Campos (September 29): “I renew my calls to Sam Altman and Y Combinator’s leadership to expound a Code of Conduct for Hacker News. These issues persist, in part, because the organization has yet to draw a line in the cultural sand. It is the height of hypocrisy to claim that sexism and discrimination are problems while leaving unchecked one of the most obvious sites of infection for those ills in our industry.”
    • LoG: Little Women in Gaming | The Lonely D12 (September 26): “During game club at school last week, I had 3 freshmen girls pick up the Shadowrun: Tool Kit and asked me how to play. I told them all about the world and different characters I had played and they said it sounded amazing. They stared at the rule books and were just overwhelmed. These young ladies want to play an RPG but have no means to do it on their own. Which is why getting these girls involved in gaming early, and getting boys to accept women at the table as the norm is so very important.”
    • Male Allies and GHC | Accidentally in Code (October 1): “There’s a lot of discussion about women in tech, and there’s this constant refrain of “what about the men” and I am tired of hearing it. It’s not about the men. It’s about women, and other minorities (who have it far worse). The fact that (some) men have made this, like everything, about them is illustrative of the problem.”
    • Sam Pepper sexual harassment row: How YouTube teen fan girls found their voice | The Telegraph (September 30): “Since Peppergate, young female YouTubers have sought to expose the seedy, misogyinistic underbelly of the vlogging. A number of girls have uploaded their own videos to youtube. There have been extensive allegations of sexual harassment, assault, coercion and rape, with high profile, adult male youtubers accused of soliciting sexual images from underage girls. This flurry of testimonials has sent shock waves through the community.”
    • Man receives 4.5 months of jail time for Twitter rape threats | Ars Technica (September 29): “Nunn began his Twitter attacks around July 29, 2013, five days after the Bank of England announced that the Austen campaign was successful. “Hi, it took Twitter 30 minutes to ban me before. I’m here again to tell you that I’ll rape you tomorrow at 6pm” is one of a handful of tweets Nunn directed at Creasy. The message did indeed originate after the suspension of another of his accounts from which he was tweeting threats.”
    • Spyware executive arrested, allegedly marketed mobile app for “stalkers” | Ars Technica (September 29): “Selling spyware is not just reprehensible, it’s a crime,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell saidin a statement. “Apps like StealthGenie are expressly designed for use by stalkers and domestic abusers who want to know every detail of a victim’s personal life—all without the victim’s knowledge.”
    • Learning to Love Criticism | The New York Times (September 27): “The study speaks to the impossible tightrope women must walk to do their jobs competently and to make tough decisions while simultaneously coming across as nice to everyone, all the time. But the findings also point to something else: If a woman wants to do substantive work of any kind, she’s going to be criticized — with comments not just about her work but also about herself. She must develop a way of experiencing criticism that allows her to persevere in the face of it.”
    • People hate me, I must be doing something right | Mathbabe (September 30): (in reference to a quote from the above article) “This is so true! I re-re-learned this recently (again) when I started podcasting on Slate and the iTunes reviews of the show included attacks on me personally. For example: ‘Felix is great but Cathy is just annoying… and is not very interesting on anything’ as well as ‘The only problem seems to be Cathy O’Neill who doesn’t have anything to contribute to the conversation…'”

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    Bring Out Your Linkspam (30 September 2014)

    • The Trans-Everything CEO | New York Magazine: [CW: This piece doesn't follow GLAAD's media recommendations for coverage of transgender issues; there's a lot of problematic stuff in this otherwise positive profile of a woman doing some fascinating and geeky things.] “But the highest-paid female CEO in America is not nearly as well known. She is Martine Rothblatt, the 59-year-old founder of United Therapeutics—a publicly traded, Silver Spring, Maryland–based pharmaceutical company—who made a previous fortune as a founder of Sirius radio, a field she entered as an attorney specializing in the law of space.”
    • Growing fantasy-game universe collides with entrenched boys’ club mentality | The Washington Post: “Longmore’s success, and the recent success of other female players, set off something of a crash course in diversity training for Magic players. It had to. The game isn’t just some extra-obscure corner of the offbeat nerd community anymore: It’s a $200 million-a-year industry with a fan base of 20 million and a growing pool of elite players who make their living from tournament prizes (which top out at about $40,000).”
    • The Business Case for Diversity in the Tech Industry | NYTimes.com: “The issue here was one of ignorance — the engineers and designers who created the YouTube app were all right-handed, and none had considered that some people may pick up their phones differently. It’s a small example, but a telling one. If Google’s designers couldn’t anticipate the needs of left-handed people with an all-right-handed product team, how could they anticipate the needs of women with a staff composed overwhelmingly of men?”
    • Facebook’s real name policy is a drag, and not just for the performers it outs | Comment is free | theguardian.com: “People will find a way to undermine identities they don’t approve of, and there will always be ways to write them off as insufficiently authoritative, ‘made up’ or ‘fake’. It’s not about bad behavior, or even about official sign-off. It’s just about making yourself the arbiter of someone else’s self.”
    • Why women don’t name names: Kirsten Gillibrand, Daniel Inouye and women’s calculus for survival | Salon.com: [CW: Sexual harassment] “And not all of them wear the typical mask of a villain. Some are progressives, even self-identified feminists. Men who don’t vote to strip women of control over their own bodies but who still feel entitlement to those bodies. So this is the face of harassment. The faces of the men you know, and the faces of the men you respect. How do we create space to talk about that? Maybe this is the larger conversation Gillibrand wanted to have when she chose not to name names.”
    • ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty': Notes for the Peanut Gallery | satifice: “From what I understand, there are some people — in the apparent interest of seeming ‘reasonable’ and ‘neutral’ — who are insisting that in the Team Harpy legal case that our plaintiff should be considered ‘innocent until proven guilty’. There are a few things wrong with this framing.”
    • Recent Events Involving Brian Leiter | For Those Who Need To Know: [CW: Harassment, abuse.] “What follows recounts the basic facts about these episodes and provides links to relevant information. There have been several other such episodes over the last decade or so, some of which involved not philosophers but lawyers. But we do not have the energy to catalogue all of them, and we are not sure what purpose it would serve. What follows, we hope, is sufficiently illuminating.”
    • Why I’m not really here for Emma Watson’s feminism speech at the UN: “Here, she seems to suggest that the reason men aren’t involved in the fight for gender equality is that women simply haven’t invited them and, in fact, have been unwelcoming. Women haven’t given men a formal invitation, so they haven’t joined in. It’s not because, you know, men benefit HUGELY (socially, economically, politically, etc. infinity) from gender inequality and therefore have much less incentive to support its dismantling. It’s not because of the prevalence of misogyny the entire world over. It’s just that no one’s asked. OMG, why didn’t any of us think to ask?! This is an absurd thing to suggest. Women have been trying to get men to care about oppression of women since…always. Men have never been overwhelmingly interested in fighting that fight, because it requires them giving up power and all evidence suggests that’s not their super-fave thing. Share a link about gender equality? Sure! Count me in! Give up real power in real ways? Nope, not really.”
    • Building a Better Breast Pump | The Atlantic: “At the close of a hackathon held at the Massachusetts institute of Technology this weekend, tables were littered with the standard fare: empty coffee cups, LEDs, joysticks, and transistor parts. There were also scraps of fabric decorated with elephants, foam models of women’s breasts and flanges. Lots of flanges.”
    • Monstrous Women in Dragon Age: Desire Demons and Broodmothers | Gaming As Women: “In this essay, I’d like to talk about a very specific feature of Dragon Age: Origins:  the female monsters. Throughout the game, the player encounters humanoid enemies (such as bandits or soldiers) that are both male and female, with no significant differences between the two sexes.  The monstrous enemies in the game, on the other hand, follow a different course.”
    • ​Tentacle Alien Sex Card Game Isn’t As Perverted as You’d Think | Kotaku: [CW: Consensual sexual content, NSFW!] “It’s easier and safer to negotiate sexual practices (whether represented in cards or with your actual body) if you talk, obviously—but when we play games, we are often looking for more danger, surprise, and challenge. Which is great! We can explore stuff in the safety of games that I wouldn’t recommend doing during actual sex, obviously! The silent games had a variety of communication styles — most people were “communicating” (so to speak) just by looking each other in the eye, but there were several games where people were touching each other, or making dirty or suggestive gestures, etc. That’s all mentioned in the rules. It’s pretty much up to players to negotiate how to play.”
    • My free software will respect users or it will be bullshit | Matthew Garrett: “The four freedoms are only meaningful if they result in real-world benefits to the entire population, not a privileged minority. If your approach to releasing free software is merely to ensure that it has an approved license and throw it over the wall, you’re doing it wrong. We need to design software from the ground up in such a way that those freedoms provide immediate and real benefits to our users. Anything else is a failure.”
    • Four Interactions That Could Have Gone Better | Bridget Kromhout: “If you’re wondering why women don’t attend the conferences, unconferences, meetups, or hackathons you enjoy, or why you don’t seem to make meaningful professional connections with the ones who are there, maybe they’ve been having these conversations often enough that they’re tired of it, and would rather spend their time doing anything else at all.”

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