- The Hard Numbers Behind Scholarly Publishing’s Gender Gap | The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Women cluster in certain fields, according to a study of millions of journal articles, while men get more credit.”
- The Inescapable Gender Wage Gap | The Nation: “We earn less than men no matter what we “choose” to do.”
- What Male And Female Scientists Say About Women In Science | BuzzFeed: “Women are underrepresented in science in general, but the gender gap is bigger in some fields than others: physics, for instance, has a much lower percentage of women than biology. Researchers decided to ask scientists themselves why they thought this was — and male and female scientists turned out to have pretty different ideas.” (link to full study: Gender Segregation in Elite Academic Science)
- It Stands to Reason, Skeptics Can Be Sexist Too | Slate Magazine: I spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists. Then came the rape threats.
- [Warning: anti-feminist] Programming Languages: In layman’s terms, what are the major programming languages, and what are they used for? | Quora: Programming languages described as women/romances. At least the comments pretty much universally call out the sexism.
- Warning over lack of female engineers: “Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing, has urged industrialists to close the gender gap by getting more women into industry.”
- I’m bored of hearing about your wife | the border house: “Almost every time I go to a tech- or gaming-related conference, I hear middle-aged white men in suits talk about their wives and children. This would be lovely and rather sweet, were it not for the fact that they all seem to be married to the same woman, and they all seem to be raising the same children.”
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This past weekend I caught up a bit on comic books. I went to Midtown Comics, my usual haunt, and got the most recent trades of DMZ and The Unwritten. The staff weren’t that helpful in my explorations, though — for example, when I asked about what Alison Bechdel’s been up to, I got basically a shrug.
The next day, I visited Forbidden Planet south of Union Square, and the staff seemed far more helpful and sympathetic. When I got up the nerve to ask, “What comics have people who look like me?” they were actually interested in figuring it out and loading up my arms.Â “OMG you haven’t read Love And Rockets?!”
(Doesn’t it suck that so much of the Virgin India line is just crap?)
So, since it’s on my mind, some comics that feature women of color as interesting characters:
- Amar Chitra Katha series — the comics I grew up with, telling Indian history, myths, legends, and fables. Draupadi! Savitri! Parvati! Sati! And so on.Â (That panel is the image on this post, photo taken by Satish Krishnamurthy.)
Amar Chitra Katha panel:
The Rakshasi opened her mouth wide as Hanuman
was drawn into her jaws by a mysterious force.
- Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. I read the whole thing, I loved it, it’s what got me back into comics a decade ago. Most of the characters are women, and I’m thinking especially of 355 (African-American), Dr. Mann (American of Chinese and Japanese ancestry), and You (Japanese).
- DMZ by Brian Wood, which I read avidly. Volunteer medic Zee Hernandez isn’t the main character but she’s in there and important.
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, her autobiography about a childhood in Iran. A modern classic, and can you believe I’m only reading this now?
- Love and Rockets by the Hernandez brothers. Ditto. (I’m a Philistine!)
- Ayaseries by Marguerite Abouet and ClÃ©ment Oubrerie, about a family in the Ivory Coast. I haven’t read it yet but it’s come recommended.
- Lots of stuff by Lynda Barry. I like her stories (but find her art style a little overwhelming).
- Patrick Farley’s The Spiders stars the African-American soldier Lt. Celicia Miller, and The Jain’s Death is about Anuradha, a South Asian woman.
- I hear very good things about Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder but haven’t started it yet.
I don’t much care about superhero comics so I’m leaving out Storm from X-Men, etc. Should I read Frank Miller’s Martha Washington stuff? I should also sweep through my household’s shelves, especially our three binders of indie stuff we’ve bought at MoCCA, to find more recommendation-worthy books and one-offs, especially by women and people of color.
(Random shout-out: Mel Chua’s engineering education comics “What is Engineering?” and “What is Education?”)
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Fairly recent items from around the web:
Green, by Jay Lake
- The Hathor Legacy reviews and recommends “Green” by Jay Lake, a new fantasy novel about a young, bisexual woman of colour.
- K. Tempest Bradford on Creating Better Magazines (and Anthologies): “The present and the future of the genre and the community is not just heterosexual, able-bodied, upper or middle-class American or British white males. The future of SF is made up of women and people of color, and people of various cultures and classes, and LGBT folks, and non-Americans and non-Western nationalities (China, India, the Philippines, to name just three).”
- Editorial work is hard, asshole. “This response to Tempest’s post (above) reads like a list of things I wish had thought to put on the tips for finding women speakers.” – Skud
- Trigger warning Harriet Jacobs of Fugitivus recounts in Two More Things how a fellow D&D roleplayer of allegedly liberal beliefs made constant misogynist jokes in character.
- Socialogical Images: a collection of items related to gender and science/tech topics.
- OTW: two early fan-written Star Trek novels by Jane Land are now available online through the Open Doors project. “Kista (1986), a novel about Christine Chapel, was described by the author as, ‘an attempt to rescue one of Star Trek’s female characters from an artificially-imposed case of foolishness.’”
- The nonprofit scifi/fantasy magazine Strange Horizons needs to raise about $5500 more in its annual fund drive. Â One of the most women-friendly pro markets in our genre: the editors publish more fiction by female than male authors, and have been considering gender issues in SF publishing for a while.
- Girls have less free time to play video games than boys do. Â ”Our findings suggest that one reason women play fewer games than men is because they are required to fulfill more obligatory activities, leaving them less available leisure time.” Â Comments from Amanda Marcotte and Hugo Schwyzer. Â How many girls get as much free, unstructured time to game and hack as their male counterparts?
- Blogger rawlesÂ suggests that it’s more empowering to see Nyota Uhura get the guy in the new Trek movie than it was for her to be single in the original series. Â In mainstream media, “[t]his near total invisibility [of black women] is perhaps the very first thing that I think needs to be understood in any feminist discourse about Uhura, but it seems to be the last thing most people talk about.”
Again, if you see something geek-feminist that we should link to in the next roundup, drop us a comment.